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Jason Rapp

School’s (gonna be) out for the summer

Get ready with Summer Arts Education Project Grants

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 4, 2022

We know you're thinking about turkey and dressing this week.

Some Brussels sprouts. Cranberry salad. A hot roll or two (or three...). And pumpkin pie. But we're also nearing the midway point of the schoolyear. And educators and savvy parents and care providers are already thinking about summer. So is the South Carolina Arts Commission. If your S.C. nonprofit organization (arts & non-arts), college/universities or unit of government provides K-12 arts learning experiences during the summer, there's a new grant to help you do just that. (Schools are not eligible.) Summer Arts Education Project Grants support quality arts education programs for K-12 students between school years, through both traditional providers (arts organizations) and other organizations (e.g., social service, health, community, education) that utilize the arts to meet the educational, developmental, and social needs of K-12 students. This two-year grant supports projects occurring during the summers of 2022 and 2023. The grant provides up to $25,000 each for summer 2022 and summer 2023. Activities should...
  1. expand student access to arts education opportunities; and
  2. complement, augment, or advance standards-based arts instruction or arts integration activities delivered to students during the course of the school day curriculum; and
  3. be focused on or include significant components delivering quality instruction and/or experiences in the visual arts, performing arts, media arts, design arts, folk and traditional arts, or creative writing; and
  4. address South Carolina’s 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.
Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
  • 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.
If this is relevant to your interests, click here to learn more about Summer Arts Education Project Grants. The Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 deadline to apply will be here before you know it.

Jason Rapp

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Nov. 22

SCAC Deadlines and Coaching Opportunities

Though not the only way, grants are among the main ways the SCAC accomplishes its work.

Because of their importance to that, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times we hear people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays*, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments and then provide a rundown on open grant opportunities and upcoming grants coaching.

*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.

SCAC Grant Deadlines

The state of South Carolina and South Carolina Arts Commission fiscal year runs July 1-June 30 each year. We are currently in FY22.


These are to serve mainly as final reminders to finish in-progress applications. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult an appropriate member of our team with questions.

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These grants offer convenient deadlines, but you are advised to apply at least six weeks before your project for some. Always consult the guidelines for specific instructions.


Important Notes

  • Consult the SCAC grants page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • Always read the grant guidelines in full.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult the appropriate member of our team if you are an artist or represent local organizations, an educational institution, or a non-arts business or organization offering arts programming.

Grants Coaching

Learn the ins and outs of the South Carolina Arts Commission grant application process and how to manage one of our grants from the professionals on the Grants Team and program directors! Monthly topical sessions are held the first Thursday of every month. Up next is...

  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.: Application Questions & Answers Open Call

The free topical discussion is held via Zoom. Registration is required. Need to get some assistance with something else? Try a one-on-one call. The Grants Team is available to answer your questions about the grants process with 15- or 30-minute sessions, Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the Grants Coaching page for further information and registration links.


Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts and the SCAC Grants Team are using Zoom to host open coaching calls on artist development grants to better enable artists to make competitive applications for our competitive grants. The sessions are free, but you must register in advance.

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SCAC program directors are hosts of periodic informational sessions using Zoom about currently-available grant opportunities. Each session reviews a grant's guidelines and application and includes a Q&A session. Sessions are free, but you must register in advance by visiting the link below to a grant's guidelines page.

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