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Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS) Grant

Grants to South Carolina Small Arts
Nonprofits to Support General Operations

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South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 - Applications may be submitted online until midnight (EST).


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Grants of up to $2,500 to South Carolina emerging and established nonprofit arts organizations to support general operations. These unrestricted funds may be applied to any general operating cost, such as utility bills, staff salaries, supply purchases, and printing costs.

Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS) grants provide consistent, unrestricted support for basic operations to help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities, and other organizations throughout the state.

The grant provides operating support for applicants ranging from emerging to established arts organizations with primary missions involving these artistic functions: producing, service, presenting, and/or education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177856

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,500 annually.

Term of Contract:

The grant provides 12-month operating support - July 1-June 30 (fiscal year). Grants are awarded on 1-year cycle of approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An arts organization may apply for this grant if it meets all of these requirements:

- Has a primary mission focused on the arts or serves as the primary arts provider in the community
- Is either:

A nonprofit community-based arts 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 (Note: New applicants who are applying through a fiscal agent/receiver will need to submit a letter that outlines the working relationship and responsibilities of both parties.)


A unit of local government

- Has completed at least one fiscal year of programming
- Had a total expense budget that does not exceed $75,000 for the last completed fiscal year
- Has a valid DUNS number. For more information on DUNS number:

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates for FY19 OSS applicants:
- Early December 2017 – online application becomes available
- February 1, 2018 – application deadline
- April 12, 2018 – grant panel review
- July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 – grant period (fiscal year)
- December 1, 2018 – first grant payment request due
- August 15, 2019 – Final Report due

Applications may be submitted online until midnight (EST) on the deadline date. However, please be aware that staff members will not be available to assist with questions or technical difficulties after the Arts Commission closes at 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day. Late applications cannot be accepted. Online submissions will be blocked after the deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review Registration Tutorial (PDF) before attempting to create an account, and the FAQ and Tutorial page before visiting the online portal.

A minimum of 2:1 (grantee:SCAC) cash match is required. Each dollar awarded must be matched with $2 cash. No in-kind expenses are allowed as part of the applicant’s match in this category.

A panel of S.C. Arts Commission staff and management will review the applications and recommend funding to the Foundation's Board of Commissioners. Once the Board approves the awards (usually in June), the Foundation will post the results on their website.

Payment will be on a reimbursement basis only. Up to two interim payments may be requested during the grant period.

If the applicant has questions, problems, or otherwise needs assistance regarding any aspect of these guidelines or the application (e.g. technical difficulties, interpretation of guidelines, etc.), please contact the county coordinator. Refer to the staff directory to find the local county coordinator.

Grant guidelines:

FAQ and Tutorial page:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Ken May, Executive Director

Fax: 803-734-8526

Staff directory:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina