Today the South Carolina Arts Commission announced $4.4 million in new grants, including over $770,000 awarded to schools and arts organizations in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties.

For the first time, the SCAC placed a grant in each of South Carolina’s 46 counties in a single year. In a press release SCAC executive director David Platts said, “That is a major milestone, and is the result of listening to the community, ground-level work, and sincere relationship building on the part of our team.”

The grant categories include: arts in education ($2,074,476), which help fund curriculum planning and implementation, professional development for teachers, and summer and after school programs; operating support ($2,131,603), grants that help strengthen arts organizations that bring arts experiences to their communities; folklife and traditional arts ($113,033), supporting programs that promote a greater understanding and visibility of South Carolina’s cultures; subgranting ($70,000), seven awards to local art councils (including $10,000 to the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs); and artists ventures initiative ($10,000) and individual artist fellowships ($20,000), handed out to individual artists.

You can check out the full list of grant recipients, either by county or by grant category, online.

Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county grants included: $10,875 for education programs and outreach at the Gibbes; $6,519 for STEAM programming in Title I schools in Charleston, through Yo Art Inc.; $70,000 for a strings pilot program in the Charleston County School District; a number of grants for general operating support for organizations like Village Repertory Co., Enough Pie, Threshold Repertory Theatre, PURE Theatre, and more; $2,500 chunks for small organizations like Annex Dance Company and Charleston Black Theatre; and many more.

Learn more about SCAC online at

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