Money available now for artistic improvement

Quick-turn resource for #SCartists, arts orgs

Did you resolve to do something new in ’22? How about something better or bigger?

The South Carolina Arts Commission wants to start your year with a quick infusion of funds to support artistic improvement. Funding is available now to fund arts projects and programs, build capacity, or better equip artists or arts organization staff.

The SCAC allocated $75,000 for its Arts Project Support (APS) Grants this fiscal year. Halfway through it, most of the money remains available. Here’s how this multi-tool of a grant can help #SCartists and arts organizations.


As their name implies, these grants can fund an artist’s or organization’s arts-based project*. Columbia fiber artist Flavia Lovatelli used hers to reach—and be honored at—the prestigious Philadephia Museum of Art Craft Show late last year. Other examples, from FY21, are here.

Grant funds must be used for actual project costs, defined as consumable and non-consumable items needed to complete the proposed project (including, but not limited to):

  • Technical, online, or virtual capacity building (e.g., website development, technical support)
  • Equipment (e.g., kilns, lighting or sound equipment, musical instruments, storage)
  • Furniture (e.g., easels, music stands)
  • Professional services (e.g., performance space rental, web designer, consultant fees)
  • Professional development (e.g., conference or membership fees)

#SCartists can also use funding for workshops or residencies!

Deadline and funding

  • APS Grants feature convenient rolling deadlines. However, for FY22 funding, you must apply on or before April 15, 2022.
  • Additionally, please note applications will only accepted until funding is exhausted. Act now!
  • Up to $2,500 is available from up to two APS grant awards!

Some caveats

APS grants are designed for convenience and accessibility. The application is simpler for ease of use, and the rolling deadlines allow for faster decisions on funding. So make 2022 your year with the SCAC’s help. For questions, here’s whom to contact: