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Arts Curricular Innovation Grants (ACIG) - Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) 2020–21

Grants to South Carolina K-12 Schools and
Districts to Promote Artistic Achievement

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)

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05/15/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $40,000 to South Carolina school districts and grants of up to $18,000 to individual schools for activities that promote student engagement and achievement in the arts. Funding is intended for programs with a long-term strategic plan that includes all art forms, including dance, visual arts, music, and theater.

ACIG-funded DAP projects must:

  • Promote innovative development and implementation of appropriate curricula, instruction, and assessment based on the 2017 South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency (2017Standards); and
  • Serve as the foundation to support quality arts instruction and the growth of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and design programs in South Carolina schools.
Districts and schools applying for ACIG funding must plan to implement strategically a quality comprehensive and sequential arts education program that includes dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. 

DAP applicants must use grant funds to achieve all of the following items:

        • Plan, develop, and implement arts education curricula, instruction, and assessment based on the 2017 Standards. For elementary schools, participation in the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program (SCAAP) will fulfill part of the required assessment activities listed on page 16.
        • Develop lesson plans and curriculum guides based on the 2017 Standards and purchase resources required to implement the lessons.
        • Provide teacher professional development programs for arts specialists and/or appropriate classroom teachers. Participation in the SCDE-approved professional development Arts Teacher Institutes will fulfill this requirement.
        • Use a minimum of 30 percent of the total application budget for scholarships for returning certified teachers to participate in the SCDE-approved annual professional development Arts Teacher Institutes (seepages52–56). Applicants should budget for reasonable expenditures for accommodations for persons with disabilities who are attending SCDE-approved professional development Arts Teacher Institutes (e.g., interpreters). 

        For information on additional eligible uses of grant funds, see page 4 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below. 

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        GrantWatch ID#: 143605

        Estimated Total Program Funding:


        Number of Grants:

        Approximately sixty new DAP grant awards: 8 awards for school districts and 52 awards for schools.

        Estimated Size of Grant:

        The maximum DAP award to a school district is $40,000; the maximum DAP award to a school is $18,000.

        Term of Contract:

        The maximum grant period for a DAP award is July 1, 2020, through May28, 2021, subject to the availability of funds and the grantee meeting all project requirements.

        Additional Eligibility Criteria:

        All South Carolina K–12 public schools and school districts are eligible to apply for only one grant type - either an Innovative Arts Works grant or a DAP grant - under the ACIG program.

        A school may submit only one grant application for either an IAW grant or a DAP grant. Multiple schools within a school district may apply and receive school-level Innovative Arts Works and DAP grants if the district does not submit a DAP grant application.

        If a school district submits a DAP grant application, schools within that district are ineligible to submit a grant application under the ACIG program. For the purposes of this RFP, a school district is defined as a local educational agency that serves students on multiple campuses.

        Schools and school districts that fail to submit the required annual/final reports for any currently funded ACIG program will not be considered for an award during this funding cycle.

        Grant funds may not be used for or to support out-of-state travel, graduate-level courses, or professional memberships. Costs for food, snacks, and meals are unallowable. ACIG grant funds may not be used for new construction or capital improvements to existing structures such as carpet and laminate coverings. Applications based on the 2010 South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Standards are not eligible for funding and will not be reviewed. Indirect costs are not allowed.

        Pre-proposal Conference:

        TheOffice ofStandards and Learning will offer a pre-application technical assistance session via Adobe Connect on March 5,2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.No password is required to join the session. Participants should enter their full names when logging in to the session. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their equipment’s settings and to download/print handouts. While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

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        Pre-Application Information:

        Deadline for Receipt of Applications:5:00 p.m. May 15, 2020

        Timeline of Granting Process:
        - Technical assistance session: March 5,2020
        - Deadline for receipt of applications: May 15, 2020
        - Notification of awards: August 2020
        - Funding period begins; DAP projects can begin: July 1, 2020
        - Funding period ends: May 28, 2021
        - Deadline for final programmatic and financial reports: June 11, 2021, or end of 2020–21 project activities (whichever occurs first)

        To determine needs at the individual site for implementing the 17SCCCRVPA, applicants must conduct a needs assessment using the Opportunity-to-Learn Standards (OTLS) for Arts Education Worksheets (see here:

        Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis upon the receipt of expenditure reports with all supporting documentation from the grantees.

        Contact Information:

        Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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        For Arts Curricular Innovation Grants and RFP questions, contact:

        Scott Scrivner, Visual and Performing Arts Grant Manager

        South Carolina Department of Education
        Office of Standards and Learning
        1429 Senate Street, Suite607-B
        Columbia, SC29201

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