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How To Apply for a Lowcountry Artistic Vitality Grant

 

Eligibility

  • You must be a 501(c)(3) public charity.

  • You must have completed at least one full fiscal year of operations before applying.

  • You must demonstrate or strongly promise artistic vitality. Determining artistic vitality is  subjective. We take into account how much programming an organization offers and the degree of professionalism, factoring in the artistic discipline, budget size, location, and where an organization happens to be in its evolution.

  • If you’re a first-time applicant, we must see your work before we can consider a grant, so please contact Kerri Forrest, Lowcountry Program Director, at 843-277-2041 as soon as you know your performance schedule and let us know that you're planning to apply.

  • If you’re applying for renewed support, we look for progress toward achievement of your artistic and organizational goals. Please submit your final report (posted in the Requirements section of your online account) before submitting a new application.

  • Current grantees: To apply for a technical assistance grant, contact Kerri Forrest, Lowcountry Program Director, to discuss during the review period for your application.

The following are not eligible

  • Individuals.

  • Organizations with a mission primarily focused on arts education or social service.

  • Religious activities, political campaigns, or legislative lobbying.

  • Stand-alone conferences, publications, films, events, websites, or videos.

  • Endowments, facilities -building campaigns, or debt reduction.

Deadlines

Full proposals are reviewed twice a year. Your complete proposal must be submitted online by 11:59pm Central Time on:

Friday, March 30, 2018 for review at our July 2018 board meeting, or

Friday, July 27, 2018 for review at our November 2018 meeting.

All in all, it takes about four months from grant application deadline through board decision. After the board meeting, you'll hear from us by email within a couple weeks.

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Application

  • If you're a returning grantee, please first complete the final report in your online account before submitting a new proposal, even if your current grant is still in process.

  • Review our strategy and the eligibility requirements above.

  • If you have questions – especially if you’re a new applicant – please call. Contact information is below.

  • Ready? ​CLICK HERE. (If you've already started an application, click here to return to it).

Grant Amounts

Professional arts organizations are eligible for general operations grant amounts based on annual expenses for the most recently completed calendar or fiscal year:

 

Annual Expenses

Grant Amount

$0-$100,000
$5,000
$100,000-$400,000
$10,000
$400,000-$750,000
$15,000
$750,000-$1,000,000
$20,000
$1,000,000 and above
$25,000
 

Arts Councils are also eligible for general operations grant amounts based on annual expenses:

 

Annual Expenses

Grant Amount

$0-$50,000 $5,000
$50,000-$100,000 $10,000
$100,000-$200,000 $20,000
$200,000-$500,000 $25,000

Reporting

Should you receive a grant, you will be required to submit reports annually. Other requirements may be specified in connection with an award, as well. Deadlines are included in your grant award letter (sent via email). You can access and submit all requirements via your online account, approximately six weeks before they are due:  https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_879/

Contacts

If you have questions about eligibility or other aspects of  Lowcountry Artistic Vitality grants, contact Lowcountry Program Director, Kerri Forrest at 843.277.2041.

If you have general questions about the grant application or reporting process, please contact Grants Manager, Susan Clark at 312.977.2705.