Emerging Arts Leaders Grant

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Predicted deadline: Nov 7, 2024Nov 7, 2024 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: US $2,500

Fields of work: Arts / Culture Access & Participation Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina


South Carolina Arts Commission


We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences.


The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina.

Emerging Arts Leaders Grant


To strengthen and nurture emerging arts leaders and their organizations. This leadership- and capacity-building initiative will provide resources, training, and support for emerging leaders and the boards of arts nonprofits to build sustainability, capacity, and partnerships in South Carolina.

Program goal

  • Support professional growth and leadership training in the arts.
  • Strengthen the small organizations’ operational capacity.
  • Develop and strengthen South Carolina’s Arts Industry workforce.

Additional Requirements of this Grant

  • Attend two (2) one-on-one meetings with the SCAC program director
  • Participate in one (1) peer network activity hosted by or identified by the SCAC program director
  • Host a site visit during the grant period, aligned with state guidelines regarding COVID-19.


$2,500 ($1,500 for organization training and $1,000 for leader training)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The applicant must be a nonprofit organization
    • 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.
    • 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: Applicants who are applying through a fiscal agent/receiver must submit a letter outlining the working relationship and responsibilities of both parties.
  • 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.
    • Note: If an applicant organization is using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate UEI numbers must be provided for both the applicant organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.
    • Exceptions to separate UEI numbers are organizations run by a local government or a school district.
  • Funds can only be used for professional development.
    • Examples include:
      • conference fees and expenses
      • staff and board training
      • consultant services for strategic planning and strategic plan implementation
      • financial management
      • program evaluation consultation
      • communications, marketing, and rebranding strategy development
      • facilitation of a board retreat
      • in-person or virtual training


  • Special consideration will be given to arts organizations that have experienced ongoing hardship and been unable to continue their professional development and to organizations in underserved communities.
    • Underserved communities include those communities in which people lack arts programs, services, or resources due to geography, economic conditions, cultural background, socio-political circumstances, disability, age or other demonstrable factors.
    • The term “community” can refer to a group of people with a common heritage or characteristics, whether they live in the same location or not.


  • The applicant must be a nonprofit arts organization, not an individual artist.
  • Funds cannot be used for food/beverages, operating support, fundraising projects/events, or endowment/capital campaigns.

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