ArtPlace grants for artists, arts organizations, designers, cities and communities

ArtPlace grants for artists, arts organizations, designers, cities and communities

Learn how to apply for an ArtPlace grant.

The South Carolina Arts Commission, in partnership with ArtPlace America, will offer South Carolina artists, arts organizations, designers, cities and communities an overview of the ArtPlace grants program during two informational sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Prentice Onayemi, director of communications for ArtPlace, will share tips for preparing the grant application and answer your questions.

ArtPlace is currently accepting applications for the next round of its National Grants Program and is particularly interested in funding South Carolina projects. The National Grants Program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to improving the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities through arts-based strategies. Letters of inquiry are due Nov. 3.

Join us Oct. 14 in person at either location or by telephone for the Spartanburg session. (RSVPs are NOT required.):

The sessions will cover these topics:

  • An overview of how ArtPlace understands creative placemaking
  • Tips and suggestions for crafting a strong application
  • An opportunity to ask questions about the ArtPlace National Grants Program

Please review the letter of inquiry information to determine if this opportunity is a good fit for you or your organization.


  1. A few minutes before 2:30 p.m., dial 1-800-753-1965.
  2. You will be instructed to enter a seven digit access code.
  3. Enter the access code: 7348679, followed by the # sign.
  4. If you are the first to join the call, please stay on the line until others call in.
  5. If your first attempt to join the call is unsuccessful, please hang up and try again. If repeated attempts are not successful, call the Arts Commission’s front desk at (803) 734-8696 and someone will try to assist you.

To date, ArtPlace has awarded $56.8 million through 189 grants to projects serving 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia. Grants range from $50,000-$500,000, and this year ArtPlace intends to support approximately 40 projects with roughly $10 million.

ArtPlace America is a 10-year collaboration among 14 foundations, eight federal agencies, and six financial institutions who are dedicated to positioning art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place. ArtPlace does this through a national grants program and five community-wide investments; it seeks to understand and disseminate successful practices through its research strategies; and it works to connect practitioners, organizations, and communities with one another.