Arts Education Project grants available for after-school programs, artist residencies, planning, etc.

Arts Education Project grants available for after-school programs, artist residencies, planning, etc.

Application deadline is January 18, 2017, for funding beginning July 1, 2017.

The South Carolina Arts Commission invites applications for 2017 Arts Education Project Grants (AEP) to support well-developed arts education programs and projects in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that use the arts to advance learning (social service, health, community, education or other organizations). Funded projects and programs can take place in school, after school or over the summer. Grants of up to $15,000 are available (grantees must match their grant 1:1).

Most S.C. schools, nonprofit organizations (arts and non-arts), colleges and universities, and units of government are eligible to apply. (ABC sites are not eligible.) Partnerships are especially encouraged. Individual artists wishing to implement K-12 arts projects should partner with an eligible school or organization that will serve as the applicant and project administrator.

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • After-school classes
  • Workshops
  • Camps
  • Artist residencies
  • Public art projects
  • Performances
  • Exhibitions
  • Acquisition of critical equipment or supplies
  • Program planning
  • Professional development for instructors, artists and/or administrators

This grant program was developed based on the work by the 2014 Arts Education Task Force, which was created to respond to new research and a new climate for education and arts education reform in South Carolina. One of the opportunities identified by the task force is to offer new arts education funding and join with new community partners and afterschool/summer program providers to extend the reach of arts education funding.

Read the complete guidelines and application instructions online. Your county coordinator is available to answer additional questions. The application deadline is January 18, 2017.


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