Develop young minds using the arts (and get a grant to do it)

Serve tomorrow today with an AEP grant from the SCAC

Application deadline extended: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 (for FY20)

The deadline for Arts Education Projects (AEP) grant has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2019.

AEP grants fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental, and social needs of South Carolina’s K-12 students, whether in-school or otherwise. That’s right: these grants are for schools (public or private), community groups, government agencies, faith organizations, and … well, anybody. The only stipulation is that you have to be using the arts to develop young minds.

So, what does that look like?

Here are two examples of current AEP grantees:

  • The famed Gaillard Center in Charleston received $10,500 for teacher professional development in the arts.
  • The Sue-Ham Community Development Center in Williamsburg County received $8,900 to help underwrite a community theatre production and some associated workshops.

Two groups. One urban, one rural. One large, one small. One doing teacher training, one putting on a show. They encapsulate the best thing about an AEP grant: no matter who you are or where you are, you have access to grant money to using the arts as you impact the next generation. This year’s largest grant was $13,500 and the smallest was about $3,500.

You can use an AEP grant to cover half of your project’s expenses. A panel of arts professionals will review all applications and recommend funding to our board of commissioners. To learn more, visit the grant guidelines.