SCAC: Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Next predicted deadline: Mar 15, 2025 (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: Apr 23, 2025 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $3,750

Fields of work: Folk/ Traditional Art Artist Training & Development

Applicant type: Artist

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: South Carolina

Location of residency: Preferred: South Carolina Other eligible locations: United States

Age restriction: At least 12 years of age


Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative Grants


Traditional arts are expressions of shared identity that are learned as a part of the cultural life of a particular group. This shared identity may be rooted in family, geographic, tribal, occupational, religious, ethnic, or other connections. As expressions of a living culture, traditional arts are generally handed down from one generation to the next and reflect the shared experience, aesthetics, and values of a group. Traditional arts are dynamic, reflecting change over time and individual innovation over generations of practitioners. South Carolina’s cultural landscape encompasses diverse artistic traditions and practitioners, including indigenous, longstanding, and more recently arrived art forms and communities.

The purpose of this grant is two fold:

  • To support mentors who seek to pass their artistic and cultural knowledge to qualified apprentices.
  • To provide apprentices with an opportunity to advance their artistic and cultural knowledge so that they may continue to pursue the art form beyond the life of the apprenticeship.


$3,000 to the mentor and $750 to the apprentice

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for at least one (1) year prior to the application date and throughout the grant period.
    • Out-of-state mentors may be considered when the expertise required is unavailable in South Carolina; eligibility will be determined by the program director.
  • The mentor and the apprentice should belong to the same cultural community or group in which the traditional art form is practiced.
  • A mentor:
    • is held in high regard for their skill, knowledge, and cultural practice by their community through formal or informal recognition
    • has attained excellence within their artistic tradition as defined by their cultural community
    • expresses an interest in and commitment to teaching the tradition to the proposed apprentice
    • must be 18 years of age or older as of the specified date
  • An apprentice:
    • demonstrates an interest in and basic competency in the art form prior to the apprenticeship (at least one year of relevant experience)
    • expresses an interest in and commitment to sharing the knowledge learned after the completion of the apprenticeship
    • must be 12 years of age or older as of specified date.
      • if a prospective apprentice will be under 18 years of age as of the specified date, they must have approval from a parent or legal guardian to apply for this grant; if awarded, the grant contract will be made with the parent or legal guardian, on behalf of the apprentice.
  • Purpose:
    • To support the passing of traditional artistic and cultural knowledge from mentors to apprentices
  • The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative supports the communication and strengthening of cultural skills and knowledge by providing funds for a mentor to work with an apprentice, and assists with the cost of travel, necessary materials, or other expenses relating to the apprenticeship.
  • The mentor and the apprentice are required to:
    • work with the program director to ensure that deadlines are met;
    • work with the program director to establish and adhere to a lesson schedule;
    • notify the program director of any significant changes to the work plan or lesson schedule; and
    • make themselves available to the program director for interviews and documentation of the project


  • Priority for funding is given to:
    • Projects focusing on traditional arts considered to be endangered.
    • Applicants who have not been previously funded through the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative.
      • However, previously funded mentors and apprentices are eligible to re-apply.


  • The mentor must not be a degree-seeking student during the grant period.
  • Interpretations of traditional art forms (i.e., artistic expressions other than the art forms themselves) and revivals of traditions that have ceased to exist within the originating culture will not be funded.
  • This program does not support beginning-level students.

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This page was last reviewed March 05, 2024 and last updated March 05, 2024