Festivals Program Grant

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Next predicted deadline: Nov 15, 2024 8:59pm PST

Later predicted deadlines: Apr 16, 2025 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $7,500

Fields of work: Arts / Culture Access & Participation Art & Culture Performing Arts Folk/ Traditional Art Art Festivals Visual Arts Media Arts Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

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


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.

Festivals Program Grant


To provide support for a broad range of arts activities at festivals that take place in—and have an impact on—S.C. communities, increasing opportunities for public engagement and participation in arts and culture.

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


  • The applicant must be
    • a unit of state or local government, OR
    • a nonprofit organization
      • currently registered as a charity 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.
    • 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.
  • Requirements
    • The festival must be held in South Carolina.
    • The festival must have identifiable arts activities (visual, media, performing, literary, and/or folk and traditional arts).
    • The festival must compensate visual, media, performing, literary, and/or folk and traditional artists.
    • The festival must be open to the public and include some aspect of free arts programming.
  • Allowable activities are limited to:
    • Arts programming, temporary art installations, commissions, or licensing fees for original works
    • Artistic, administrative, technical, marketing salary support and/or contractual fees paid to artists, musicians, curators, programmers, and/or arts presenters/performers including travel and lodging.
    • Event production costs for equipment/venue rentals and operation; sound, lighting, stage rigging, visual/digital components, and insurance for the arts programming only.
    • Marketing including but not limited to graphic design services, advertising space, digital/print promotional materials, website, social media, printing, or publications
    • Items or services ensuring program accessibility as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which includes captioning, translation, visual enhancements, interpreters, and listening guides.
  • Any activities carried out within this grant must align with state guidelines regarding COVID-19.
  • Matching Requirements
    • 1:1 (grantee:SCAC)
      • Up to 50% of the grantee’s match may be through an in-kind donation of materials and/or contracted services.
        • An example of “in-kind” is a contracted fee that is waived or discounted as a donation to your project.


  • Special consideration will be given to festivals in underserved communities; 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.
  • Priority will be given to applicants that have projects in SCAC’s Opportunity Initiative Counties:
    • Allendale
    • Bamberg
    • Calhoun
    • Cherokee
    • Clarendon
    • Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Hampton
    • Jasper
    • Laurens
    • Lee
    • Marion
    • Marlboro
    • Saluda
    • Williamsburg


  • The applicant must be a nonprofit arts organization or unit of state or local government, not an individual artist.
  • Unallowable activities include but are not limited to:
    • Non-arts activities
    • Food and beverages, including alcohol
    • Festivals organized for or by political parties
    • Trade fairs, events of a commercial nature, and consumer shows
    • Events that are produced solely as fundraisers, or that contribute to endowments
    • Organization’s season or a seasonal series of presented or produced programs
    • Competitions and award ceremonies
    • Cash prizes, purchase/awards, plaques
    • Re-granting
    • Sports and recreation activities and related events
    • Scholarship programs, pageants, conferences, symposiums, or seminars
    • Showcases or recitals for individual schools, including fairs, bazaars, fetes, or open house events
    • Festivals already receiving operating support through the S.C. Arts Commission
    • Events that are restricted to private or exclusive participation (by invitation and/or purchase requirements that exceed the cost of a typical, standard ticket to an event/performance).
  • Funds may not be matched with another SCAC grant or with any federal funds.

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