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. (9/10/2020: Removed for revisions.)

  • 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 NOTE | 9/10/20 Update: The Small Grant Guidelines and application are currently under review. Revised information and forms will be uploaded soon.



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:

Leah Mulligan Cabinum | $1,000

Art Exhibition

York County artist, Leah Mulligan Cabinum is developing a new body of work that will be exhibited at 701 Center for Contemporary Arts in Columbia, SC in 2021. This new installation includes sculptural objects constructed using a variety of methods and utilizing multiple materials including ceramics, fiber, and found objects. Cabinum is working towards a goal of developing a method of combining the materials and objects to produce a multitude of individual, stand-alone pieces designed to serve as components of a larger piece when presented as a cohesive installation. Development of this project requires extensive research. Leah is working with noted ceramicist Alice Ballard Munn to learn more about creating clay sculpture. This Small Grant provides the support needed to purchase supplies. |


ChristmasVille | $1,000

Event App & Virtual Artisan Market

ChristmasVille Rock Hill is an annual festival which combines holiday celebration, recognition of local artist Vernon Grant’s iconic art, and promotion of Old Town Rock Hill’s merchants, restaurants, and historic architecture. Normally a three-day even during the first week of December the 2020 festival staff is faced with transitioning all of the hallmarks of a bustling physical festival into a partially virtual one. 

One principle means of doing this is to create a virtual platform comprising a smartphone application and software/visualization suites that allow patrons to access a multitude of events, presentations, and contests. Additionally, this platform will allow ChristmasVille to create a new and improved virtual artisan market. The platform will allow artists to sell items directly from their pages within the app. This Small Grant will fund the development of the virtual platform suite developed for this year’s festival. |


Rock Hill Community Relations Council | $1,000

Rock Hill for All Street Mural

In partnership with the Rock Hill Community Relations Council (CRC) and Carlo Dawson, chair of the Rock Hill Community Relations Council, are working to create a mural that is contiguous with the City of Rock Hill All American City motto, “Rock Hill for All.” The mural will embody the relations and effort to reduce discrimination, assess and respond to the human relations needs of our community, and serve as a source of information to advocate and recognize change to achieve the CRC mission. It also calls attention to the All-America City Award achieved by Rock Hill in 2020.


With this street mural the Rock Hill Community Relations Council seeks to bridge cultures, work cooperatively with elected officials and Arts Council of York County, civic, business and community leaders to develop and promote a greater awareness of the principles of diversity, racial harmony, social justice and non-violence.  attract new businesses, and to promote a strong sense of community. This project will also help brand Rock Hill as an arts destination. The Arts Council’s Small Grant will support the development of this project, cover the cost of materials and artist expenses. |


Fort Mill History Museum | $1,000

History Trunk Program

            The Fort Mill History Museum’s History Trunk Program teaches 3rd and 8th graders about Catawba Indians and the history of Fort Mill. This program was designed to supplement traditional classroom lessons and features a trunk filled with historic artifacts that are presented by retired teachers in a 55-minute, hands-on history lesson.  Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the program has been put on hold, but that’s not stopping the Fort Mill History Museum.

They have reimagined the program and are producing a series of videos that can be used in the classrooms and by homeschoolers. The first video series will focus on the 3rd grade program and consists of 5 videos that include lessons about housing and food, weaving and pottery, dance and children’s games, and King Haigler and Thomas Spratt. This Small Grant supports the development and production of the Fort Mill History Museum’s virtual History Trunk Program. |


Housing Development Corporation of Rock Hill | $1,000

Asphalt Mural on Friedheim Park Basketball Court

The Housing Development Corporation of Rock Hill intends on painting an asphalt mural on the basketball court at Friedheim Park. This project is community-driven with the community leading the project from beginning to end, including the selection of the artist, development of the mural content, and installation of the mural. This project is in partnership with the Old Town Rock Hill Mural Mile Project and the City of Rock Hill’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. This Small Grant will help fund the development and installation of the Friedheim Park Basketball Court Mural. |


Total Allocations This Quarter: $5,000

The next deadline is Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 5 PM for programs occurring in October, November, and/or December 2020. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date. Should the deadline fall on a holiday or weekend, grant applications are due the last business day prior to the deadline.


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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