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Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies
for Folk Arts Presentations and Projects

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South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 Midnight EST


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Grants of up to $6,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for traditional and folk arts projects. Applicants are strongly advised to confirm eligibility with program staff prior to applying. Projects may involve production, documentation, presentation, acquisition, surveys, and conservation.

Traditional arts are expressions of shared identity that are learned as a part of the cultural life of a particular group. This shared identity may be due to familial, geographic, tribal, occupational, religious or ethnic connections. Expressions of a living culture, traditional arts have been handed down from one generation to the next and reflect the shared experience and values of a group.

The Folklife & Traditional Arts grant supports nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state. Priority for funding is given to projects that provide recognition and support for South Carolina's traditional art forms and their practitioners.

The purpose of the Folklife and Traditional Arts grant program is to ensure that South Carolina's living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life. To do so, the Commission funds projects that may include the following:

-Presentation of Traditional Artists through workshops, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, radio programs, recordings, etc.

-Documentation of Traditional Arts and/or Folklife of South Carolina – such a project must result in some form of public presentation

-Cultural Survey – fieldwork done to identify traditions and traditional artists

-Production, Documentation and/or Distribution of a traditional artist's work; for example, the production of publicity materials

-Acquisition of difficult-to-obtain materials or equipment needed to create traditional art

-Conservation – projects, such as apprenticeships, that serve to keep a traditional art form vibrant and visible

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179564

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $6,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1 - June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be:

1) A nonprofit 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
2) Applying through a tax-exempt Fiscal Agent/Receiver organization
3) A unit of government

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.


-Modern interpretations of traditional art and revivals of traditions that have ceased to exist within the originating culture are not funded.
-Individual artists are not eligible to apply to this program.
-General oral history projects, projects that are limited to a historical focus and projects that present historical recreations of past lifestyles are not eligible.
-Applicants who have received funding for the past two consecutive years will not be a funding priority.
-Organizations may only submit one project application.

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying, you are strongly advised to contact the Arts Commission to discuss your project with the program director in order to determine if your project meets the guidelines.

Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant applications must be submitted online by midnight (EST) on March 15, 2018.

Grants require a 1:1 (applicant:SCAC) match. 50% of the applicant's match must be cash.

Payment will be on an expense reimbursement basis only. Grantees may submit 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.

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

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Laura Marcus Green, Program Director

South Carolina Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201-3746

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USA: South Carolina