SC Arts Commission: Accessibility Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Next predicted deadline: Jul 3, 2024Jul 3, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Later predicted deadlines: Aug 7, 2024 8:59pm PDT, Oct 2, 2024 8:59pm PDT, Dec 4, 2024 8:59pm PST, Jan 8, 2025 8:59pm PST, Feb 5, 2025 8:59pm PST, Mar 4, 2025 8:59pm PST, Jul 3, 2025 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in South Carolina: Allendale County, Bamberg County, Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Clarendon County, Dillon County, Edgefield County, Hampton County, Jasper County, Laurens County, Lee County, Marion County, Marlboro County, Saluda County, Williamsburg County Other eligible locations: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina



Grants are one of the four ways the S.C. Arts Commission accomplishes its work in arts education and artist and community arts development. The South Carolina Arts Commission is honored to be named 2019 Public Sector Grantmaker of the Year by the 3,000-member Grant Professionals Association.


To help South Carolina organizations make arts programs and existing facilities accessible to persons with disabilities

Use of Funds
Grants awards may reimburse the applicant for any combination of qualifying expenses incurred during the grant period. Projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Printing large print program materials
  • Printing Braille materials
  • Artist/consultant fees
  • Preparation for special exhibitions
  • Audio description
  • Sign language interpretation
  • Website accessibility
  • Docent training for visual or audio enhancement
  • Consultant fee to develop an overall accessibility plan for your organization
  • Inclusive programming
  • Staff training (i.e. travel to a workshop and/or training)
  • Other accommodations that make programs accessible
  • Purchase of assistive listening devices
  • Curb cuts
  • Construction of accessibility ramp(s)
  • Accessibility signage for exterior and/or interior space
  • Modification of restroom(s)
  • Modification of drinking fountain(s)
  • Installation of elevator
  • Installation of electronic door opener
  • Installation of Braille plaques
  • Architectural or engineering study to address accessibility of existing facility
  • Capital improvements (“bricks and mortar”) of existing facilities
    • Capital improvement projects must meet all local and state building codes.
    • If the existing facility is on The National Register of Historic Places or deemed eligible, all work must conform with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
    • Applicants for capital improvement project support must upload
    • A copy of the deed or letter from the property owner, acknowledging approval of this capital improvement project.
    • Photographs, drawings or plans of existing facilities, identifying project areas. All construction documents must be stamped by the architect and/or engineer.
  • Design development and construction documents that address the proposed accessibility project
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Other accommodations that make facilities accessible

Matching Requirements

  • 1:1 (grantee:SCAC)
  • At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash. 

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


  • The applicant must be either:
    • a designated South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs board, OR
    • a South Carolina organization that
      • has a primary mission focused on the arts, or
      • serves as the primary arts provider in its community, or
      • will commit to a project that connects the arts to persons who have disabilities.
  • The applicant must also be either:
    • a unit of government, OR
    • a charitable organization
      • currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office
      • reflecting S.C. as the primary address on all current official organizational documents
      • with federal tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service OR
      • applying through a tax exempt Fiscal Agent/Receiver organization
  • In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, government entities, public school districts, and nonprofit organizations – must provide a valid DUNS number to receive an S.C. Arts Commission grant award.
  • Applicants are limited to one grant award per fiscal year.
  • Priority will be given to individuals or organizations that have projects in SCAC’s Opportunity Initiative Counties:
    • Allendale
    • Bamberg
    • Calhoun
    • Cherokee
    • Clarendon
    • Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Hampton
    • Jasper
    • Laurens
    • Lee
    • Marion
    • Marlboro
    • Saluda
    • Williamsburg
  • Any activities carried out within this grant must align with state guidelines regarding COVID-19.
  • Organizations are limited to one Accessibility Grant award per fiscal year (July 1–June 30).


  • Colleges and universities are not eligible to apply for this grant category.
  • Funds from another S.C. Arts Commission grant may not be used as matching funds.
  • Funds May Not Be Used For:
    • New construction (new buildings must comply with current ADA requirements)
    • Cosmetic work such as interior painting and furnishings
    • Actual building construction costs other than costs associated with accessibility
    • Consultant fees for facilities fundraising

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This page was last reviewed April 23, 2024 and last updated March 04, 2024