We support a wide spectrum of arts groups that reflect the vitality and diversity of the Lowcountry in Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties. We provide general operations grants to arts organizations and county arts councils, as well as other assistance to support, strengthen and connect the Lowcountry arts ecosystem.
The Lowcountry includes some of the fastest growing areas on the eastern seaboard, as well as a variety of smaller cities, towns and rural communities, all with a rich history in a compelling landscape. That richness also is reflected in the art produced across our entire mission geography.
Charleston is the hub of Lowcountry arts, from its vibrant, locally produced music, theater, and dance to its internationally-heralded festivals. Year round, dozens of arts organizations are creating new works, not only on the Peninsula but in adjacent communities from West Ashley to Summerville to Park Circle.
Beyond Charleston, artistic expression highlights the rich cultural fabric of the Lowcountry in many different ways, with small professional arts organizations in towns such as Georgetown and Beaufort and county arts councils from Horry to Hampton providing outlets for arts and culture in their communities. Gullah arts organizations are also protecting and preserving the iconic and endangered expression of the traditions and experiences of the African-American culture.
Unrestricted general operations grants are the lifeblood of arts organizations, big or small. It allows them the flexibility to spend those dollars where they see the greatest need or opportunity. We target our funding to arts organizations across the nine counties whose primary focus is making and sharing art in all its forms, rather than arts education. We currently place no limit on the budget size of an organization.
It takes training, discipline and often years of experience to master one’s art. Just as challenging, just as important, is mastering the art of running an arts organization. Stronger, more efficient operations tend to allow more time, attention and resources to go toward the art itself.
Need help with QuickBooks? Want to take a board development workshop? Each of the arts groups we support with general operations grants will be eligible for additional grant support per calendar year as opportunities are available for classes, workshops, etc., that help them address specific organizational needs.
We believe that it’s important for the Foundation to not only support the arts but to help foster a larger network, from state and local governments to businesses, and also play a role in the success of our arts community. The Foundation will continue to meet with and sometimes convene diverse stakeholders to build consensus on common priorities for the arts, and provide opportunities for artists to continue to connect with each other.
Professional Arts Organizations & Arts Councils are eligible for general operations grant amounts based on annual expenses for the most recently completed calendar or fiscal year.
Your complete proposal must be submitted online by 11:59pm Central Time on
It takes about four months from grant application deadline through board decision. After the board meeting, you’ll hear from us within a couple weeks.
Our 2020 deadlines are not yet set, but they are usually the last Friday in March and July.
You’ll be directed to our online grant system to choose and start an application and create a login and password, so you can save and return to your work at any time.