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New Annual Grant Opportunity!

ArtsXcelerator Challenge is a brand new 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 creative ideas that Spartanburg artists have to make Spartanburg better.  

Who may apply: Any individual artist (age 18+) or a group of up to three artists 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. Artists working in all visual, performance, literary, and other creative mediums are encouraged 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.

Thus, applicants should spend time familiarizing themselves with the full scope of the Community Indicators initiative.  The seven main 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 insure 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. (If requesting $10,000, estimated expenses must be at least $15,000.)

Apply by Feb 17th


Other Grant Opportunities

Community Grant Program

Chapman Cultural Center's Community Grant Program invests general financial support in cultural projects impacting Spartanburg County communities. The Community Grants Program is funded in part by 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. Our grants program provides limited funding for cultural projects to nonprofit organizations and professional artists in Spartanburg County. Grant ceilings range from $1,000 to $5,000. See links at the bottom of this page for more information on guidelines, applications, and final report requirements.

What Projects Are Eligible?

For the purposes of this program, eligible cultural projects are those that actively engage the performing, visual, literary, or folk arts. The general types of eligible cultural projects for funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Small or pilot cultural activities
  • New or developing programs
  • Organizational development
  • Professional development
  • Established annual events that serve special needs of Spartanburg communities
  • Special projects of high artistic quality that meet one or more of TAP's goals

Specific examples of eligible projects include the following: 

  • Public art — paintings, sculptures, mosaics, etc.
  • Newly commissioned art, theatre, or musical works
  • Community arts outreach
  • Arts marketing projects
  • Media and theatre productions
  • Presentation of individual artists or ensembles
  • Professional arts consultants
  • Small press publications
  • Short-term installations
  • Arts staff salaries

What Projects Are Not Eligible? 

  • Scholarships
  • Capital improvements and real property
  • Nonprofessional artists, i.e., student(s)
  • School-sponsored projects not for the public
  • In-school, curriculum-based projects with significant non-student participation
  • Projects not open to the general public

Application Process

Please take the time to review all forms prior to application so you are well-informed of all expectations throughout the process. The Quarterly Community Grants Program guidelines (below) are your best resources for information. All applicants are required to read them. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.

First Quarter: May 20, 2016… 07/01/2016-06/30/2017
Second Quarter: Aug 19, 2016… 10/01/2016-06/30/2017
Third Quarter: Nov 18, 2016… 01/01/2017-06/30/2017
Fourth Quarter: Feb 17, 2017… 04/01/2017-06/30/2017

Applicants may apply at any deadline for a proposed project, but cannot apply for a project that has already begun. The time required to plan, implement, and complete the proposed activity(s) must fall within the applicable project period.

Here are four documents that you will need to apply for a grant during the 2016-17 fiscal year. Each accessible by clicking…

2016-17 Guidelines

2016-17 Application for Organizations

2016-17 Application for Individual Artists

2016-17 Final Report


An organization or individual artist receiving funds from Chapman Cultural Center Grants Program must give appropriate credit in all advertising, news releases, printed programs, promotion and publicity. This credit should be prominently positioned and must include the following wording:

“This program is supported in part by Chapman Cultural Center, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and 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."

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Documents needed for the current 2015-16 fiscal year…

2015-16 Guidelines

2015-16 Final Report

*All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline. 


Email completed applications to
or deliver to 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.

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