S.C. Arts Commission: Folklife & Traditional Arts

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Predicted deadline: Apr 16, 2025 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $6,000

Fields of work: Folk/ Traditional Art

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina


About This Grant

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 rooted in family, geographic, tribal, occupational, religious or ethnic connections, among others. As expressions of a living culture, traditional arts have been handed down from one generation to the next and reflect the shared experience, aesthetics and values of a group.

The purpose of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)’s Folklife & Traditional Arts grant program is to ensure that South Carolina’s living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life. The Folklife & Traditional Arts grant supports non-profit organizations and units of governments that seek to promote and sustain the traditional arts practiced across the state.

Use of Funds

The Folklife & Traditional Arts grant funds projects that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Presentation of Traditional Artists through workshops, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, radio programs, recordings, etc.
  • Documentation of Traditional Arts and/or Folklife of South Carolina (Note: Such a project must result in some form of public presentation, whether through programming or access to archived materials.)
  • 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

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  • Applicants must be:
    • 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
      • OR applying through a tax exempt Fiscal Agent/Receiver organization
    • OR A unit of government
  • 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.
  • Matching Requirement
    • 1:1 (applicant:SCAC)
    • At least 50% of the grantee’s match must be cash.


  • The Folklife & Traditional Arts grant does not fund:
    • Modern interpretations of traditional art
    • Revivals of traditions that have ceased to exist within the originating culture
    • General oral history projects
    • Projects that are limited to an historical focus
    • Projects that present historical re-creations of past lifestyles

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This page was last reviewed March 04, 2024 and last updated March 04, 2024