SCAC: District Arts Support Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Next predicted deadline: Feb 28, 2025 8:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: Apr 16, 2025 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Art Education Youth Involvement in the Arts

Applicant type: School District

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

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: 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

Overview:

District Arts Support Grants

Purpose

This grant supports school districts committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula and making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction. Arts disciplines are creative writing, dance, music, theatre, media arts, and visual art.

Funding

  • Up to $25,000 per year for two (2) years
  • Matching Requirement: 2:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be a school district in South Carolina.
  • The applicant district must have a school board-approved Three-Year District Arts Education Strategic Plan for the inclusion of all six arts disciplines in their school day curriculum.
    • The three-year plan should project through the proposed two-year grant cycle or longer, meaning it must include at least the next two school years, and either the preceding or following school year.
  • The applicant district must have a designated district arts coordinator with appropriate experience in the six arts disciplines, who has responsibility for arts curricula and professional learning of district arts educators.
    • The district arts coordinator must work at least part-time exclusively at the district level.
    • A classroom teacher or other school-based employee with the additional title of district arts coordinator would not fulfill the arts coordinator requirement unless they have a reduced classroom-load to work half-time at the district level.
  • 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.
    • Learn about the new grant requirement: Unique Entity ID (UEI)
    • 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.
  • Purpose:
    • To support school districts committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction
  • All grant activities must be rooted in the district’s Arts Education Strategic Plan.
    • Eligible expense categories for this grant are limited to the following:
      • Professional development, consultancies, and comprehensive planning related to arts education
      • Subgranting to arts teachers
      • Supplies, materials, equipment for arts classrooms
      • Residencies and teaching artists
      • Performances and field trips
      • District-wide arts showcases and competitions
  • Applicants may submit only one application per deadline.

Preferences:

  • Priority will be given to school districts that meet the following criteria:
    • Fewer than 50% of schools comprising the district are ABC schools who receive ABC grant funding.
      • Additional priority will be given to school districts that have no ABC grant recipients within the district.
    • Districts in SCAC Opportunity Initiative Counties:
      • Allendale
      • Bamberg
      • Calhoun
      • Cherokee
      • Clarendon
      • Dillon
      • Edgefield
      • Hampton
      • Jasper
      • Laurens
      • Lee
      • Marion
      • Marlboro
      • Saluda
      • Williamsburg

Ineligibility:

  • Non-allowable expenses:
    • food, beverages, alcohol, catering services
  • Funds from another SCAC grant may not be used as matching funds.
  • Federal funding may not be used as matching funds.

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This page was last reviewed April 04, 2024 and last updated March 05, 2024