SC Arts Commission
With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. The South Carolina Arts Commission provides support in four focus areas: Grants, Staff Assistance, Direct Programs, and Partnerships. Information on all of these programs can be found via links on the home page: https://www.southcarolinaarts.com
For Individual Artists
- Arts Grow – Now joined by partners Central Carolina Community Foundationand Coastal Community Foundation, the ArtsGrowSC program combines the strengths of all four organizations to offer resources for qualifying artists, including a savings program, micro-loans, business venture loans, matching grants, personalized coaching and workshops.
- Artists U – The South Carolina Arts Commission and Artists U are partners to offer ongoing training for S.C. artists. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Artists U is a grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists. Artists U training is designed to push artists to build lives that are balanced, productive, and sustainable.
- Artists’ Venture Initiative – S.C. Artists’ Ventures Initiative (AVI), a broad-reaching project at the Arts Commission, is dedicated to improving conditions for S.C. artists by helping them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers. Responding to input from artists across the state about their key concerns, the Arts Commission offers the following activities:
- Business training
The Artists’ Ventures Initiative connects artists to affordable training from Artists U that supports their development as entrepreneurs and profitable business people.
- Start-up support for new arts-based businesses
Through a competitive grant program and virtual business incubator, the Artists’ Ventures Initiative supports artists with sound plans for starting new arts-based businesses.
- SC Arts Directory/Teaching Artist Certification
- SC Novel Prize – The South Carolina Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina’s exceptional writers by providing a book contract with Hub City Press.
- Traditional Artists Apprenticeship Grants (APR) To support the passing of traditional artistic and cultural knowledge from Mentor Artists to qualified Apprentices UP to $2,000 to mentor artist, $500 to apprentice No Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/apr/
- Arts Project Support Grants (APS) To support arts projects & programs which promote artistic excellence, community arts development, career advancement, and/or professional development Up to $1,000 Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/aps/
- Individual Artist Fellowships (FEL) To recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists Up to $5,000 Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/fel/
- Artists’ Venture Initiative Grants (AVI) To encourage and enable the creation of new artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for South Carolina artists. By invitation only Up to $3,500 for one time project/single purchase September 2019 Up to $5K for ongoing business venture Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/avi/
Arts Education & Schools
- Poetry Out Loud for HS students – national competition
- The Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education (dance, music, theatre, visual arts and creative writing. Partnership w/USC and Winthrop
- AEP Grant To support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings and through other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children Up to 15K Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/aep/
- Advancement Grants (ABC) To support schools and school districts committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction Up to 15k per year per single school Up to 25K per year for school district Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/abc/
- Teacher Standards Implementation Grant (TSI) To help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, professional development, or other tools/expertise needed to meet S.C. arts education standards Up to $750 Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/tsi/
Organizations & Community Arts Development
- Art of Community, Rural SC
- Cultural Districts
- Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant (FLK) To ensure that S.C.’s living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life Up to 6K Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/flk/
- AEP To support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings and through other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children Up to 15K Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/aep/
- Operating Support for Small Organizations Grant (OSS) To help strengthen small organizations’ ability to bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities, and other organizations throughout the state Up to $2,500 per year Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/oss/
- Arts Project Support Grant (APS) To support arts projects & programs which promote artistic excellence, community arts development, career advancement, and/or professional development Up to $1K Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/aps/
- General Operating Support Grants (GOS) To help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities, and other organizations throughout the state. No preset $ range Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/gos/
- Sub Granting Grants (SUB) To provide funds to local arts councils for subgranting to organizations and artists in their region Up to $10K Match Requirements https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/sub/
- Presenting and Performing Arts Initiatives Grants (PPA) To support the presentation of South Carolina-based touring performing artists Up to $2K Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/presenting-and-performing-arts-initiative- ppa-grants/
- Accessibility Grants (ACA) To help South Carolina organizations make arts programs and existing facilities accessible to persons with disabilities Up to $2,500 Match Requirement https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/aca/
South Carolina Humanities
South Carolina Humanities’ mission is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. https://schumanities.org/
- Major Grants are for public humanities programs that are large in scale. Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.
- Mini Grants are to support public humanities programs of modest cost. Awards are $2,000 or less.
- Planning Grants are awarded to support preliminary work in designing a project that warrants detailed planning because of its length, scope, or cost. Awards are $2,000 or less.
- Fast Track Literary Grants are intended to support new or existing public literary programs such as (but not limited to) writers series, festivals, conferences, workshops, or writer’s residencies at schools. Awards are $3,000 or less.
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Who For: Award supporting artists and writers with families.
Deadline: February 26.
–How I Would Use this Award
–Writers: 25 pages maximum.
–Poets: 10 poems, not to exceed 25 pages total
–Visual Artists: 10-20 images, highest resolution
The Haven Foundation
Amount: Approximately $10,000
Who For: Award supporting artists and writers.
–Letter detailing the reasons for the need of financial assistance.
–Signed copy of household’s IRS tax returns for last 3 years.
–Copies of medical expenses (doctors and hospital bills).
–CD or slides of current work.
–Resume, exhibition brochures, gallery affiliation, publisher(s), musical demonstration.
Details and Notes: Started by the writer Stephen King who was struck by a driver and nearly killed while taking a daily walk (thank you Mr. King), the Haven Foundation is for those dealing with a health crisis due to a recent illness or chronic condition due to a recent injury and where there is a question about being able to return to work. Grants are for one year and may be renewed for up to four more years. Payment is made, if possible, directly to landlord, mortgage holder or bank. Turn around response time is quick.