Arts Education Projects (AEP) Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Predicted deadline: Mar 5, 2022 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Fields of work: Art Education

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina

Overview:

Purpose

Arts Education Project (AEP) Grants fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental and social needs of K-12 students. AEP grants support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in students (social service, health, community, education or other organizations).

Activities should

  • Expand student access to arts education opportunities; and
  • Complement, augment, or advance standards-based arts instruction or arts integration activities delivered to students during the course of the school day curriculum; and
  • 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
  • Address South Carolina’s 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.

Examples of eligible in-school and afterschool 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Partnerships between community organizations, local schools, districts to meet K-12 educational goals through the arts are encouraged.
  • Applicants may be:
    • public, private, charter or parochial schools;
    • consortia of schools with one primary applicant site;
    • school districts;
    • nonprofit community-based organizations (arts or non-arts):
      • currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State's Office;
      • reflecting S.C. as the primary address on all current official organizational documents;
      • with federal tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service OR applying through a tax exempt fiscal agent/receiver organization 
    • colleges and universities;
    • units of state and local governments .
  • In accordance with federal government policy, the S.C. Arts Commission requires all organizations to include a valid DUNS number as part of their grant applications. 
  • If using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate DUNS numbers are required of both the applicant organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.
  • Individual schools may use their school district's DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
  • Applicants may submit only one application per deadline.

Preferences:

  • Priority may be given to projects or programs which:
    • Include partnerships between organizations, schools, and/or other entities to meet K-12 educational goals through the arts; and/or
    • Serve specific student populations, including those living in rural or high-poverty areas; and/or
    • Serve students in, and/or are located in, Opportunity Initiative counties targeted for special attention by the Arts Commission.

Ineligibility:

  • Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Schools are not eligible to apply. However, schools within an ABC District are eligible.
  • Individual artists are not eligible.
  • Individual schools may not apply if they are in any other application.
  • College and university departments are eligible, but only one application per department will be accepted.

This page was last reviewed June 23, 2021 and last updated June 23, 2021