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Arts Education Projects (AEP) Grant

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies for K-12 Arts Programming

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South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)

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01/16/18 - Midnight Receipt or Postmarked or Hand Delivered by 5:oo PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations, schools, IHEs, and government agencies for arts and cultural activities serving K-12 students. The purpose of this program is to address the educational, social, and developmental needs of children and youth through programming in the arts.

This funding category is highly competitive. Priority may be given to projects which serve children in rural or high-poverty areas and/or involve partnerships with other schools, organizations, or artists. The following counties have been targeted for special attention by the Arts Commission: Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Dillon, Edgefield, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda, and Union.

AEP grants support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children (social service, health, community, education or other organizations).

Activities should:
-Expand student access to arts education opportunities;
-Complement, augment, or advance standards-based arts instruction or arts integration activities delivered to students during the course of the school day curriculum;
-Be focused on or include significant components delivering quality instruction and/or experiences in the visual arts, performing arts, media arts, design arts, folk and traditional arts or creative writing; and
-Address the S.C. Department of Education’s 2010 Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards OR 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.

Partnerships between community organizations, artists and local schools and districts to meet K-12 educational goals through the arts are encouraged.

Examples of eligible in-school and afterschool activities include, but are not limited to:
-Artist residencies
-Public art projects
-Acquisition of critical equipment or supplies
-Program planning
-Professional development for instructors, artists, and/or administrators

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177333

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant will cover half of your project expenses, up to $15,000. Grant awards are contingent on appropriation of funds by the S.C. General Assembly.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1 – June 30. No project/program expenses are allowed prior to July 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Most S.C. schools, nonprofit organizations (arts and non-arts), colleges and universities, and units of government are eligible. Partnerships are especially encouraged.

Applicants may be:
-Public, private, charter or parochial schools
-Consortia of schools with one primary applicant site
-School districts
-Colleges and universities
-Units of state and local governments
-Nonprofit community-based organizations (arts or non-arts) that are 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

Individual artists wishing to implement K-12 arts projects should partner with an eligible school or organization that will serve as the applicant and project administrator.

-Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) sites are not eligible.
-Individual artists are not eligible.
-College and university departments are eligible, but only one application per department will be accepted.
-Individual schools may not apply if they are included in an application from a consortium of schools, a school district, or an arts council.
-Applicants may submit only one application per deadline.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is January 16 for funding beginning July 1. Unless otherwise indicated in program-specific guidelines, all SCAC deadlines are postmarked deadlines or electronic submission deadlines, meaning that applications must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than the stated date by midnight, or, when the deadline occurs on a weekend or holiday, no later than the next business day. When you submit your application, you will receive confirmation acknowledging that it was received.

If the applicant prefers, and the program guidelines allow, applications may be hand-delivered to the SCAC offices before 5:00 PM of the deadline day. Please be aware that staff members will not be available to assist you with questions or technical difficulties after the Arts Commission closes at 5:00 PM.

Requests for deadline extensions may be made only prior to an application deadline and only for reasons of unforeseen extenuating circumstances such as natural disasters or personal tragedies. In these special cases, an applicant should, prior to the deadline, contact their county or discipline arts coordinator. The decision to grant an extension will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Once the Board approves the awards (usually in May or June), the results will be posted on the website. If your application is approved, you will receive notification and a grant management folder through the postal mail.

Payment will be on an expense reimbursement basis only. Grantees may request a maximum of two interim payments, totaling no more than 80% of the grant award. Final grant payment will be released upon receipt and approval of grantee's Final Report. If the applicant is part of a school district or is using a fiscal agent/receiver, payment will be made to the school district or fiscal agent/receiver, with the school or applicant listed on the check as the benefiting organization.

Matching funds are 1:1 (grantee:SCAC). At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash. Funds from another S.C. Arts Commission grant may not be used as matching funds.

In accordance with federal government policy, the S.C. Arts Commission requires all organizations to include a valid DUNS number as part of their grant applications. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number.
-If using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate DUNS numbers are required of both the applicant organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.
-Individual schools may use their school district's DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
-All other organization applicants, including private schools, must provide a DUNS number.
-Individual artists are not required to obtain a DUNS number.

For projects meant to be implemented during summer (May 1 - June 30) contact Arts Education Director Ashley Kerns Brown, (803) 734-8630.

The Foundation strongly encourages you to view the Registration Tutorial(PDF) before attempting to create an account.

About the New Online Grants Management System:
The Foundation's online grants are now managed using the Foundant platform. For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, the Foundation highly recommends visiting the Foundant page on the website, before you begin working in the system.

Grant Guidelines:
Instructions for Using PDF Files:
Website Accessibility:
Foundant Page:
Preview of Online Application:
South Carolina’s 2010 Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards:
2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency:
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Contact Information:

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

For assistance, contact the S.C. Arts Commission coordinator for your discipline, county, or program. Visit the Staff Directory to learn exactly who to contact, and how.

Apply Online:

Ashley Kerns Brown, Arts Education Director
(803) 734-8630

South Carolina Arts Commission
1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201

Fax: 803-734-8526

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: The Foundation prioritizes Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Dillon, Edgefield, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda, and Union.