The Arts Council of York County is a sub-granting site for the South Carolina Arts Commission, and for the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Regional Artist Project Grants. 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 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. 2/5/2019) (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 second 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:


Ashley Beard | $242
Professional Development

Ashley Beard is a practicing artist and art teacher who works in acrylics, ceramics, jewelry-making, and mixed media.  She loves teaching art to people of all ages - high school students at South Pointe, after-school lessons to elementary children and adult painting classes at her Gettys Art Studio located downtown Rock Hill.  

Ms. Beard will be using the funds from this Small Grant to attend the Palmetto State Art Education Association’s three-day professional development conference. There, Beard will attend sessions that focus on STEAM (science, technology, arts, and math), and PBL (project-based learning). These initiatives align with South Pointe’s focuses and are considered best practice when teaching students in order to prepare them for careers in the 21st century. She is looking forward to learning and implementing new ideas and techniques in teaching, impacting more than 100 art students from diverse backgrounds this year alone. Additionally, Ms. Beard will share the learning experience with her colleagues so they may also use this information in the design and implementation of arts integration, thereby potentially impacting a majority of the students attending South Pointe High School and beyond. |

ChristmasVille | $500

ChristmasVille, Rock Hill’s annual festival that celebrates Vernon Grant and his favorite subjects - Santa and his gnomes, has welcomed more than 80,000 visitors to Old Town Rock Hill. This award-winning festival has not only been named Festival of the Year by the North Carolina Festivals and Events Association, but it has received the Southeastern Festivals and Events Association Best 2018 Festival award, as well as Silver in Best Festival Video, Bronze in Best Social Media Marketing, and Bronze in Best Event Program. Each year, over 70 events comprise the 4-day festival, including art exhibitions, music, markets, workshops, and more! 

The ChristmasVille planning committee has commissioned Linda Kay-Biviano, a New York-based artist who specializes in polymer clay, to create Don’t Forget, a Vernon Grant classic Santa image for festivalgoers to enjoy for years to come. Don’t Forget was selected as the People’s Choice Vernon Grant image in 2018, and will be featured prominently in the 2019 festival. This Small Grant will subsidize the artist fees and production expenses. |


Clinton College | $935
Winter Holiday Choral Concert

The Fall 2019 semester has begun at Clinton College with exciting new programming and academic opportunities for current students and the community. One of the new initiatives involves the development of a Department of Music. In July, Clinton College announced the hiring of Dr. Tony McNeill as the new Director of Choral Activities and Department Chair of Music. On December 8, 2019, the Clinton College Choir will host a Winter Holiday Choral Concert that showcases music from a broad spectrum of secular and sacred genres, and features musical collaborations with community-based musicians and singers from the Rock Hill/York County area. This event will celebrate the season and serve as a platform to announce the vision for the department of music. One of the highlights of the evening is a holiday medley that will involve audience participation. Clinton College will be using the Small Grant to help buy choral sheet music, 2 trumpets, 1 flute, and 10 music stands. Funds will also be used to secure an audio technician, additional brass, winds, percussion, and pianist to accompany the choir on select pieces during the program. |

Friday Arts Project | $500
Art Party

The visual and performing arts community of Rock Hill is holding its 4th annual Art Party in South Carolina’s first Cultural Development District. From November 20 – 23, local and nationally recognized artists will showcase their work at locations in Old Town Rock Hill, SC. The Art Party will begin on Wednesday, November 20 with a night of short films and possibly stand-up comedy. On Thursday, Winthrop University’s Union of Student Artists’ Auction will be held at the Gettys Art Center Courtroom, and on Friday night, there will be multiple events in several locations within Old Town. There will be seminars and demonstrations on Saturday that feature topics related to the arts. In addition to the events, there will be art on display in many of Old Town’s restaurants, shops, and venues. A Juried Art Competition will be held as well, where a cash prize will be awarded to the top three works of art, chosen by Seth Rouser, Seymour Simmons, and a third juror who has yet to be named. In the first three years, Friday Arts Project partnered with local businesses including Friends of the Library Books, Rock Hill Brewing, Vinyet Architecture, Arts Council of York County, Legal Remedy Brewing, and Joe’s Video. This Small Grant will be used for Shindig expenses, programs, marketing pieces, and prize money for the Juried Competition. |


Michael Gentry | $1,000
Concerts at the Courtroom

Michael Gentry is working hard to bring music to Old Town Rock Hill. Since 2010, Gentry has booked and coordinated Concerts at the Courtroom performances, including local, regional and international acts ranging from acoustic folk rock to aggressive metal. The goal of the Concerts at the Courtroom project is to create and sustain an edgy and innovative music and performing arts scene that supports local performers as well as touring acts. This Small Grant will allow Gentry to provide better customer service to his clients and ticket buyers. He will use the funds to purchase iPads. One will be used for ticket sales at the door, allowing him to accept credit card payments, and another will be used to mix sound. Michael also plans to purchase shelving to organize supplies, lights and stands to better light the performers, and signage for concessions. |


Old Town Theatre Company | $600
“Sleepy Hollow”

Old Town Theatre Company is a brand new theatrical endeavor which operates under the umbrella of Old Town Association, a non-profit in Rock Hill, SC. Creative risk takers who are humble, hard-working, focused, and skilled comprise the Old Town Theatre Company. The shows produced by the company are all site specific. Their first show, The Secret Garden, was staged in Glencairn Garden during the Come-See-Me Festival. Their current production, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, will be performed on-site at The Historic White Home October 24 - 26 and October 31 - November 2. This Small Grant supports the marketing, set design, technical equipment, and costuming. |


York County Library | $500
Winter Reading Program

For the second year, the York County Library presents a Winter Reading Program. Built upon the foundation of the annual Summer Reading Program, this program encourages reading during the winter holidays. The “Totally Cool Reading Challenge” of 2020 will begin in December 2019, and concludes at the end of January 2020 in conjunction with Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban’s Community Reads Challenge. In 2018-2019, participants exceeded the reading challenge of 400,000 minutes by 1,146,960 recorded minutes, and YCL gave the prize money to the York County Animal Shelter. This Small Grant will allow the YCL to provide arts and crafts during the Winter Reading Challenge Kickoff Productions at all locations. |

York Economic Development Corporation | $600
Yorkville Literary Festival

The 2nd Annual Yorkville Literary Festival is a one-of-a-kind in South Carolina Happening October 15, 17, and 19. This project was created by the Engage Team of the York Economic Development Corporation to promote and celebrate the value of reading and writing for families within and beyond our community. The multi-ethnic, multi-age event will include author talks in shops and cafes in downtown York, book signings, book character street performers, children’s activities, a community read, a free screening of Charlotte’s Web at the Sylvia Theater, and a Poetry Slam kickoff event featuring Josh Bovill & The Peace Club. Pablo Cartaya, nationally renowned author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora will also be in attendance for a free, community book discussion. This Small Grant will offset printing costs, pay for 500 Charlotte’s Web books, and allow for tent, chair and porta-potty rentals for the events. |

Total Allocations This Quarter: $4,877

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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The Arts Council of York County is headquartered in Old Town Rock Hill. Downtown Rock Hill is a state-recognized Cultural District in South Carolina.


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.


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