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Community Grants - up to $5,000 for individual artists and non-profits/government agencies

ArtsXcelerator Grant - up to $10,000 to individual artist for a creative project whose goal is to make Spartanburg a more inclusive, stronger, healthier, prouder, and more culturally vibrant community.

ArtsGrow Grants - offer resources for qualifying artists, including a savings program, micro-loans, business venture loans, matching grants, personalized coaching, and workshops.

 

 

 

 

 


Community Grants         

About
The Community Grants Program awards up to $5,000 per application and is open to both individual artists and non-profits/government agencies. Mediums supported include performing, visual, literary, crafts, and folk arts. The grants are awarded quarterly and are funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. 

Eligibility
Grants are available only to professional artists over the age of 18, and to organizations and agencies that reside within Spartanburg County.

Individual artists may apply for funds to help with:

  • Equipment purchase/rental
  • Travel/research expenses for a new project
  • Master-level workshops/skill development opportunities (non degree-earning classes)
  • Marketing /promotion
  • Public art projects (may not be on private property)
  • Much more…see application for the full breadth of funding opportunities: https://chapmanculturalcenter.gosmart.org/

Organizations/government agencies may apply for funds for help with:

  • Small or pilot cultural activities
  • New or developing public programs
  • New or established annual events that serve special needs of Spartanburg communities
  • Artists’ fees for installing short or long-term exhibits
  • Small press publications
  • Much more…see application for the full breadth of funding opportunities: https://chapmanculturalcenter.gosmart.org/

    What Projects Are Not Eligible? 
  • Scholarships
  • Capital improvements and real property
  • Classes/practicums that earn college credit
  • School-sponsored projects not for the public
  • In-school, curriculum-based projects with significant non-student participation
  • Projects not open to the general public

Quarterly Deadlines
2017-2018

If your project will run during this time period…….you should apply by this deadline:

July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018………apply by……….May 22, 2017*
October 1, 2017- June 30, 2018…….apply by…....Aug 21, 2017*
January 1, 2018- June 30, 2018…….apply by..…..Nov 20, 2017*
April 1, 2018- June 30, 2018………apply by……....Feb 19, 2018*    

*All applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline. 

Apply:
https://chapmanculturalcenter.gosmart.org/.

  1. Sign in or create a new profile
  2. Select "current programs and applications"
  3. Select either "Community grants-artists" or "Community grants-organizations"

If you encounter technical problems, select "tech tips" at the top right corner, or for questions about the grant application, contact the Grants Manager at mearley@spartanarts.org.

What to expect after applying:
Our grants committee will review and score each complete application (incomplete applications will not be considered). Their funding recommendations will be given to the Chapman Cultural Center’s Board of Trustees for a vote, and once that vote has passed, applicants will be contacted with the results. In general, the review and voting process takes about one month’s time from the date of the application deadline, so please allow a minimum of 30 days to get the results.   


 

 

 

 

ArtsXcelerator Challenge

About
The ArtsXcelerator Challenge is a new, annual funding opportunity for up to $10,000.00 that will be awarded annually for a creative project whose goal is to make Spartanburg a more inclusive, stronger, healthier, prouder, and more culturally vibrant community.

We know that art can be a tremendous catalyst for change and our goal with the ArtsXcelerator Challenge is to draw upon and support the wealth of talent and creative ideas that our artists have to make Spartanburg better.  

Eligibility
Any individual artist, age 18+, currently living in Spartanburg County may apply. The ArtsXcelerator Challenge grant is not available to nonprofits, businesses, or to groups of more than 3 artists. We define "artist" very broadly and encourage all creatives working in all mediums to apply.

Expectations
Applicants must clearly tie the purpose or goal of their proposed project to one or more of the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project areas and explain how their project will benefit Spartanburg in those areas. http://www.strategicspartanburg.org/

Thus, applicants should spend time familiarizing themselves with the full scope of the Community Indicators initiative.  The seven areas are Civic Health, Cultural Vitality, Economy, Education, Natural Environment, Public Health, and Social Environment. Artists will be required to collaborate with leaders and organizations associated with their selected Indicator area(s) to ensure that their project addresses a real need in our community and to garner support for their efforts and outcomes including sustainability and or replication of the project.

Chapman Cultural Center will provide networks of people and resources to aid the project and will market and champion the artist(s) and project(s) selected.

Budget
Applicants must include a budget that reflects a minimum of a 50% match, of which no more than 50% should be in-kind matches. Therefore, if you request the full $10,000 award, you must show expected expenses of a minimum of $15,000. We would provide $10,000 and you would be responsible for providing $5,000. Of the $5,000 the applicant is responsible for, half of it, or $2,500 may be in-kind or matching funds, including the time the artist spends on the project.

Apply
Applications for 2017 have closed. Applications for ArtsXcelerator Challenge 2018 will be available here in late fall/winter 2017.


 

 

 

 

ArtsGrow

About
The South Carolina Arts Commission and CommunityWorks, a community development finance institution based in Greenville, are collaborating on a pilot program designed to increase opportunities for artisans to develop and grow arts-based business ventures that contribute to the $9.2 billion generated by the state’s core creative industries. The ArtsGrowSC program will combine the strengths of both organizations to offer resources for qualifying artists, including a savings program, micro-loans, business venture loans, matching grants, personalized coaching, and workshops.

Learn more and apply.

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Helping Artists & Non-profits make our community more vibrant

We offer three grant programs, designed to support cultural non-profits and individual artists in Spartanburg County, and to make Spartanburg a more vibrant, culturally rich place to live and work: Community Grants (awarded quarterly), ArtsXcelerator Challenge (awarded annually), and General Opperating Support Grants (awarded annually). 

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