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Grants to York County, South Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, and Artists for Small-Scale Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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South Carolina (SC) Arts Commission (SCAC), Arts Council of York County (ACYC)

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to York County, South Carolina nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and individual artists to support high-quality projects in the arts. Applicants must contact program staff at least ten days prior to the deadline. Funding primarily provides support to small or pilot arts activities, to new developing programs or organizations, or to special art projects that develop during the year.

Priority will be given to projects that display multicultural diversity, have a large impact on tourism in York County, and to projects that have not previously been funded by the Arts Council (ACYC) and to organizations and individuals that are not SC Arts Commission (SCAC) Operating Grant recipients.

Category 1 - Individual Artists:

This category is designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement. Projects that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences are also encouraged.

For individual artists, support may include, but is not limited to:
-Special community projects
-Travel to attend professional development
-Registration fees
-Educational experiences (seminars, workshops, conferences, apprenticeships)
-Other costs directly connected with the project

Category 2 - Organizations:

This category is designed to provide support for a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs and/or for professional development opportunities to assist artistic and managerial staff.

For organizations short-term project support may include but is not limited to:
-Promotion, publicity, printing
-Artists’ residencies
-Attendance at seminars, workshops or institutes by artistic and/or administrative staff and/or board members of arts organizations

In addition, arts and community organizations may apply for assistance to provide free tickets to economically disadvantaged citizens who could not otherwise attend a public art event or series.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176654

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.

For organizations or individual artists, grant awards will not exceed $1,000, with a minimum award of $100.

Ticket subsidy matching grant awards for a single event will not exceed $200; awards for a series will not exceed $400.

Individuals of a performing group who apply for the same project will be limited to a maximum level of support of $1,000 for the project.

Term of Contract:

The period required to plan, implement and complete the proposed project must fall within the ACYC’s fiscal year (e.g., July 1 - June 30)

Applications submitted for the December 1 deadline are for projects occurring during the January - March grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

York County artists, schools, nonprofit organizations and units of government are encouraged to apply.

Individual Eligibility:
1. Applicant must be a practicing artist in dance, literature, media, music, theatre or visual arts;
2. Applicant must be a legal resident of York County with a permanent residence in the county for six months prior to the application date and throughout the grant period;
3. Be 18 years of age or older at the time of applicaton;
4. Applicant must NOT be a degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate student during the grant period.

Individual Restrictions:
1. Applicants may apply to the ACYC for quarterly support at any of the four deadlines, but may receive no more than two quarterly grants per fiscal year.
2. Applicants may submit only one application per quarterly deadline.

Organizations Eligibility:
1. A unit of government, OR
2. An organization with current registration from the Office of the Secretary of State of SC. Federal tax-exempt status is not a requirement when applying for a grant from the ACYC, however, any organization that receives federal or state funds is subject to audit and needs to have all legal registrations in order.

Organization Restrictions:
1. Applicants may apply to the ACYC for quarterly support at any of the four deadlines, but may receive no more than two quarterly grants per fiscal year.
2. Applicants may submit only one application per quarterly deadline.

Grant funds may not be used for any of the following:
-Capital improvements and real property
-Non-professional artists, students or student groups taking part in arts activities as instructor/performers
-Performances and exhibitions which are not open to the general public
-Non-arts museums (science and natural history) except arts personnel and art projects sponsored by non-arts museums
-Matching funds for one ACYC grant may not be used as match for any other ACYC grant activities
completed prior to the grant period
-Tuition for degree programs

Pre-Application Information:

Grants require a 1:1 match. No more than 25% of the total costs of the project may be met by in-kind contributions.

For individual artists, up to half of the applicant’s match may be accounted for by the cash value of the artist’s time. If time is used as a match, the applicant must demonstrate how the value has been calculated (e.g., established professional rates, market value of work produced or value of release time from other employment).

Prospective applicants must discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director prior to the application deadline. Please contact the executive director at least 10 days in advance of the deadline date.

The Arts Council will only accept applications beginning 1 week prior to each deadline through 5:00 PM on the date of the deadline.

Application Due Dates:
-December 1 for the January - March grant period
-March 1 for the April - June grant period
-June 1 for the July - September grant period
-September 1 for the October - December grant period

Contact Information:

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

Debra Heintz, Executive Director

Mailing Address:
Arts Council of York County
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Physical Address:
Center for the Arts
121 East Main Street
Rock Hill, SC 29730

P: (803) 328-2787
F: (803) 328-2165

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: York County