School Arts Support Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Next predicted deadline: Jul 4, 2024

Later predicted deadlines: Aug 7, 2024, Sep 4, 2024, Oct 2, 2024 8:59pm PDT, Dec 4, 2024 8:59pm PST, Jan 8, 2025 8:59pm PST, Feb 5, 2025 8:59pm PST, Mar 4, 2025 8:59pm PST, Jul 4, 2025

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Art Education Teacher Development & Training

Applicant type: Elementary / Secondary School, School District

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building, Conference

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in South Carolina: Allendale County, Bamberg County, Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Clarendon County, Dillon County, Edgefield County, Hampton County, Jasper County, Laurens County, Lee County, Marion County, Marlboro County, Saluda County, Williamsburg County Other eligible locations: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina


NOTE: Applications for the School Arts Support grant are received on a rolling basis. Application reviews take place during the first full week of each month (second full week of January).

School Arts Support Grants


To help schools acquire the supplies, materials/equipment, or professional development needed to address learning loss gaps in the arts, promote innovation in the arts classroom, and/or support arts integration initiatives to remediate core subject areas.

Use of Funds

School Arts Support Grants should have a strong connection to addressing COVID related learning loss in and through the arts, promoting arts innovation, and/or increasing capacity to utilize arts integration as a teaching practice.

  • SAS grant funds may be used, in one of the following ways:
    • Materials/Equipment/Supplies
      • Examples could include:
        • Arts materials that will enhance teaching of areas that students are lagging in due to learning disruptions
        • Instruments to complete or increase a classroom set
        • Materials for an arts integration lesson
        • Equipment such as a pottery wheel, kiln or printing press
    • Please Note: Grant funds should supplement (add to) not supplant (replace) your current arts budget, meaning that grant funds should pay for materials/projects that are BEYOND your current budget capacity. Grant funds should NOT pay for materials/projects so that your current arts budget can be used elsewhere.
  • Professional Development Opportunities
    • Examples could include:
      • Membership to state or national arts education associations
      • Conference, travel, and hotel fees for state or national conferences (travel and hotel must follow the S.C. state travel guidelines and rates).
      • Substitute teacher costs to allow for peer-to-peer planning for arts rich learning opportunities
  • Arts Residencies
    • Please note: The artist in residence MUST spend peer to peer training time with the arts teacher to ensure growth in the teacher’s skill level and ability to teach the skill in future years.
    • Grant recipients must use members of the S.C. Arts Directory for grant-funded activities (see below for additional information)
    • SAS Grant funds can purchase materials to support the arts residency


Up to $2,500 per grant request. Individual schools are eligible to receive up to two (2) grants ($5,000 total) per fiscal year.

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  • The applicant must be a public, private, or charter school in South Carolina.
    • Private and charter schools must
      • be currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office. (Note: Applicants who are exempt from this registration must upload their registration exemption approval.)
      • reflect S.C. as the primary address on all current official organizational documents
  • In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, public school districts, government entities, and nonprofit organizations – must provide a valid UEI number to receive an SCAC grant award
    • Individual public schools may use their school district's Unique Entity ID number and do not need to register separately.
  • Formerly the Arts Teacher Support grant, this grant category is now also open to non-arts teachers who are interested in exploring arts integration in their classrooms.
    • Additionally, the SAS grant can support school-wide initiatives/projects that promote arts integration, innovation, and address learning loss in the arts.
  • A non-arts teacher may apply if using the funds for arts integration, however an arts teacher within the school or an arts professional from outside of the school must serve as a partnering expert in the art form that will be utilized.
  • Multiple teachers from the same school may apply, jointly or separately. We encourage joint applications when possible to maximize the value of the application process for applicant schools.
    • When multiple teachers from the same school apply jointly, one arts teacher must be designated as the contact person for this grant.
    • Example:
      • If a dance and a science teacher are working together on an integrated learning unit, they may jointly apply for a $2,500 grant to fund the arts integrated project.
  • If a teacher teaches at multiple schools, they may not apply for a multi-school grant. Instead, the teacher should choose which school will apply for the grant.
    • A teacher who teaches at multiple schools may apply for separate grants for each school.
  • Matching Requirements


  •  We encourage but do not require grant-funded teaching artist residencies to employ Certified Teaching Artists
    • Certified Teaching Artists on the Arts Directory have been additionally vetted by SCAC through the submission of sample lesson plans, recorded teaching samples, and letters of recommendation
    • Additionally, Arts Access SC Teaching Artists have trained with Arts Access SC to provide children, youth, and adults with disabilities quality arts experiences.
  • Priority may be given to:


  • Arts in Basic Curriculum Schools are not eligible to apply.
  • A school may receive no more than two SAS grant awards per fiscal year.
  • A school may not receive more than $5,000 in SAS funds per fiscal year, maximum of $2,500 per grant.

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