The Arts Council of York County is a sub-granting site for the South Carolina Arts Commission. We encourage all York County artists to take advantage of these grant opportunities!
ACYC Small Grants Program

The Arts Council of York County is a sub-granting site for the South Carolina Arts Commission. York County artists, schools, non-profit organizations and units of government are encouraged to apply for quarterly small grants to support projects of high artistic quality.

Small grants are designed primarily to provide support to small or pilot arts activities, to new developing programs or organizations, or to special art projects that develop during the year. Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.  

  • Please read all guidelines (rev. 12/2/2019) prior to submitting an application.

  • Schedule an appointment with or email a draft to the Executive Director at least 10 days prior to submitting the completed application.

Applications are judged by a panel of volunteers. Due to the highly competitive process, awards are made based on quality, impact, appeal and adherence to guidelines. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director prior to the application deadline. Please contact the executive director at least 10 days in advance of the deadline date. Applications with errors, unbalanced budgets and lack of support material may not be considered for support. Corrections WILL NOT be made once the application has been submitted.


The Arts Council will only accept applications beginning 1 week prior to each deadline through 5 PM on the date of the deadline. Should the deadline fall on a holiday or weekend, grant applications are due the last business day prior to the deadline. This is a hard delivery deadline. It is not a postmark deadline.

For questions about Small Grants or to have your application reviewed please contact:
Debra Heintz, Executive Director,



Should the deadline fall on a holiday or weekend, grant applications are due the last business day prior to the deadline. This is a hard delivery deadline. It is NOT a postmark deadline.

GRANT PERIOD: January - March | Due Date: December 1, 5:00 PM
GRANT PERIOD: April - June | Due Date: March 1, 5:00 PM
GRANT PERIOD: July - September | Due Date: June 1, 5:00 PM
GRANT PERIOD: October - December | Due Date: September 1, 5:00 PM

  • Please be aware: applying for Small Grants is a competitive process. There is always more demand for funding than there are available funds. It is imperative that you submit a complete application and prepare for a 10-minute interview with the panel members who will be judging the applications.

  • Applications must be complete and include bios/resumes and any other information that would make the application stronger. When available, include budget narrative, partners, confirmed dates/ locations, and itemized expenses. Check your work.

  • Consult with the Executive Director in advance and submit the application for review prior to the deadline to verify that the application has been completed correctly and in full.

  • Do NOT place the Small Grant Application or accompanying materials in binders or folders. Staple or use a binder clip to secure the materials together. 

  • Be prepared for a personal interview and any questions the panel may ask. In preparing for the interview, applicants should assume that panel members do not know their background, or any details of the proposed project. During the interview, applicants must be familiar with the guidelines and application itself.

  • Submitting a correctly completed application and arriving prepared for the interview will assure that your application receives the highest marks and the largest funding for the quarter. 

  • Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.


Please download the latest Guidelines and Application for complete information.

Small Grant Guidelines (rev. 12/2/2019) (PDF Format)
Small Grant Application (rev. 9/24/2019) (Editable PDF Format)

Small Grant Application SAMPLE (rev. 9/24/2019) (PDF Format)



Final reports are must be submitted to the Arts Council of York County no more than 30 days past the project date for which the Small Grant was awarded. 

Should the deadline fall on a holiday or weekend, the final reports are due the last business day prior to the deadline. This is a hard delivery deadline. It is NOT a postmark deadline.


Please download the latest Information Packet and Final Report for complete information.

Small Grants Information Packet (rev. 1/28/2019) (PDF Format)

Includes publicity credit information, sample press release and letter to the legislators, as well as a list of legislators


•  Grantees may download the Arts Council of York County logos from our Dropbox folder.

•  The Arts Council's official stacked and horizontal versions are available in several formats in this folder. Should you need a version of the logo that has not been made available in the logo kit, please contact the Arts Council at

•  You may not alter the Arts Council's logos in any way. Versions have been included for use in print materials (CMYK, 300dpi) as well as for digital (RGB, 72dpi) use.

•  Please download the South Carolina Arts Commission logo from their Press Kit webpage HERE.

Small Grants Final Report Form (rev. 2/5/2019) (Editable PDF Format)

W-9 Form (rev. 10/2018) (PDF Format)

  • Small Grant Recipients are required to fill out a W9 if their award is $600 or more.

The application and final report forms are interactive PDFs. Be sure to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Do you need Acrobat Reader? Get it here.


PLEASE NOTE | The application and final report must be downloaded to your computer, and edited in Adobe Reader. Editing the documents in a web browser will yield errors in the document. Changes to the documents cannot be saved to your computer. Please print the completed forms and sign before submitting.

Recent Small Grant Recipients

The Arts Council of York County is pleased to announce the allocation of Small Grant awards for the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in arts disciplines and make such disciplines accessible for general community-wide audiences.


Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.


Recipients include:


Concerts at the Courtroom | $1,000
Don’t Sweat It FEST

     The 9th Annual Don’t Sweat It FEST returns in 2020! This music and arts festival is a 3-day celebration of the spirit of summer. The local and regional bands selected to perform at the festival each year are some of the hottest acts around, with many making their return appearances to the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center. Kayla Frost curates the art sale in the lobby of this year’s event. This Small Grant will help cover the cost of the bands, marketing, and staff. |



Patrick Faile | $1,000
Solo Exhibition

     York County artist Patrick Faile is preparing 40 works of watercolor art for two scheduled solo exhibitions with Union County Arts Council and the City of North Charleston. Both exhibitions depict the US and Canadian National Parks. The mission of these exhibits is to garner support for the US National Park Service and to inform the public about the mission of the US Park Service. Faile also hopes to draw attention to the role that art has played in the creation of the National Parks and about watercolor as a major art medium. Patrick will use this Small Grant to frame the artwork intended for exhibition. |

Beth Melton | $1,000
The Coverlet Project

     The Coverlet Project is a textile research project inspired by a mid-19th century overshot coverlet in the collection at the Historical Center. It is a volunteer-driven and site-supported project that required a wide range and depth of research skills, bringing together a number of entities including the Culture and Heritage Museums, the fiber arts community, the community-at-large, and Winthrop University. The project resulted in a handwoven coverlet produced on-site and is currently on display on a bed at Historic Brattonsville. The Coverlet Project research will be presented at the National Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) Annual Meeting and Conference in Boston and Sturbridge, MA. This conference represents the ideal venue at which to share this research. This Small Grant offsets the cost of attending the conference and travel expenses.

Women’s Arts Initiative | $1,000
Haiku II & Drive the Arts

     The Women’s Art Initiative enhances the quality of life for the greater Rock Hill area by reflecting its cultural values and artistic vitality through public art. The Women’s Art Initiative is set to stencil 25 new haiku poems on sidewalks in Rock Hill’s Cultural District. The Small Grant will be used to produce the stencils, purchase paint, brushes, rollers, and tape needed to place the poetry on sidewalks. 

Drive the Arts is a driving tour of the public artworks on display throughout Rock Hill. Funds from this Small Grant will also be used to produce a printed brochure. |



Visit York County | $1000
Ag + Art Tour of York County

     The Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of farms and markets featuring local artisans at every stop! During the tour, visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, and to purchase their works. Visitors can also enjoy the melodies of local musicians, and learn about rural life. The Tour is the largest free farm and art tour in the nation, with more than 45,000 visitors participating since 2012. 

     The Ag + Art Tour began in York County in June of 2012 as a single weekend-long event. As the largest tour county in South Carolina with more than 20 farms and more than 60 artists and artisans, in 2019, the York County tour grew to encompass two weekends – with the eastern half of the county participating on the first weekend, and the western half of the county participating on the second. In 2020, the York County Tour is set to welcome visitors to its farms on June 6 and 7, and June 13 and 14. This small grant will be used for marketing expenses related to the Ag + Art Tour of York County.  |


Total Allocations This Quarter: $5,000


During the fourth quarter, a special round of grants was issued to the following artist:

Phil Moody | $555
Art Project at the Lowenstein Building

     Artist Phil Moody is producing a new series of 10 photographic works to be displayed in the newly renovated Lowenstein Building in Rock Hill, SC. This series will commemorate the role of The Bleachery in Rock Hill’s growth and will honor the workforce that ran the plant from 1929 – 1988. This Small Grant will be used to cover artist fees in the production of the eight 120”x120” and two 120”x240” works of art. |

Total Special Allocations: $555



The Small Grants subgranting program is funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Comporium Communications.



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Support for this project is provided by the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Accommodations & Hospitality Tax,  the ACYC Annual Campaign, and Comporium Communications.  For visitors information including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888-702-1320. 


The Arts Council of York County received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and EconomicSecurity (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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