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Grants to South Carolina Arts Councils to Provide
Financial Support to Local Artists and Organizations

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South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to South Carolina governmental and nonprofit arts councils to provide financial assistance to artists and organizations in their local regions. Applying arts councils must have a primary mission that focuses on the arts or serve as the main arts provider in their community.

In addition, the applicant must:
Have at least one part-time staff member (paid or volunteer) who is responsible for artistic, administrative, and programmatic functions of the organization; and utilize a subgranting process approved by the Arts Commission that includes:
-Review of local applications by a panel that is representative of the community (i.e. business, education, minorities, government, artists) of no less than three members, including some individuals not directly associated with the subgranting organization (no more than 1/3 of the review panel can be members of your board);
-At least four application review periods per year, or a rolling deadline;
-Current guidelines posted on the subgranting organization’s website;
-Appropriate publicity for grant availability and deadlines;
-A single grant award that is at least $1,000;
-A limit of two awards per organization or artist per year;
-A match of at least 1:1 required of all individuals and groups receiving funding from the subgranting arts council;
-Notification to SCAC County Coordinator of all subgrant review meetings.

Applicants from a county with a subgranting arts council must apply to their subgrant site for small project grants. These applicants are ineligible for S.C. Arts Commission Arts Project Support (APS) Grants, except when the Commission has pre-determined that a project has a statewide impact.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185492

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be implemented between July 1 and June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Subgranting is only available to arts councils.

The applicant must be an organization:
-whose primary mission is focused on the arts; or
-that serves as the primary arts provider in its community.

The applicant must also be either a unit of government; or a charitable 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, and
-with federal tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service or applying through a tax-exempt Fiscal Agent/Receiver organization.

Subgrant funding is not intended to support school-based artist residencies.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: April 15

Other Important Dates:
-Mid-February/Early March (before grant period begins): SUB application becomes available
-Early/Mid-December (of grant year): First Pay Request due
-Mid-May (of grant year): Coastal Community Foundation Report due
-Early/Mid-August (after grant period ends): Final Report due
-Exact due dates for your grant will be indicated in your online record.

In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, government entities, public school districts, and nonprofit organizations – must provide a valid DUNS number to receive an S.C. Arts Commission grant award.

If a grantee is using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate DUNS numbers must be provided for both the applicant organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.

Payment will be on a reimbursement basis only.

Matching Requirements
A minimum of 1:1 (applicant:SCAC) prior to re-granting. A subgrant site’s minimum sugranting budget should be your SCAC grant award times two. 100% of the applicant’s match must be cash; no in-kind is allowed.

These subgrant funds must also be matched by your local grantees (see Eligibility).

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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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South Carolina Arts Commission
1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8696

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USA: South Carolina