With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of South Carolina cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment for all residents of the Palmetto State.
To that end, SCAC welcomes applications for its Folklife and Traditional Arts Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded in support of efforts to promote and preserve practice of the traditional arts across the state. (Traditional arts are expressions of shared identity that are learned as a part of the cultural life of a particular group. This shared identity may be rooted in family, geography, tribe, occupation, religion, or ethnicity.)
Projects may include but are not limited to presentation of traditional artists through workshops, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, radio programs, recordings, etc.; documentation of traditional arts and/or folklife of South Carolina; fieldwork done to identify traditions and traditional artists; documentation and/or distribution of a traditional artist’s work (for example, the production of publicity materials); acquisition of difficult-to-obtain materials or equipment needed to create traditional art; and conservation projects such as apprenticeships that serve to keep a traditional art form vibrant and visible. This funding opportunity requires a 1:1 match.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization with federal tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code that is currently registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office and operates with South Carolina as its primary address; or, if it doesn’t have federal tax-exempt status of its own, have an exempt fiscal agent/receiver organization; or be a college or university or unit of government.
See the South Carolina Arts Commission website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.