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 (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 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:


Carolina Crown | $700
HonorBAND Program & Performance
York County Middle School HonorBAND

Carolina Crown, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to developing lifelong excellence in young people. The Carolina Crown HonorBAND is an affiliate program of the 2013 Drum Corps International (DCI) Champion Carolina Crown drum corps. The HonorBAND program brings together York County’s finest middle school musicians for two days of learning and sharing with peer students from other schools within the county. Carolina Crown selects event clinicians/conductors from some of the most acclaimed middle school, high school, and college educators from across the southeast. Students audition for placement in the HonorBAND. Those accepted earn a spot in the HonorBAND and participate in a two-day clinic that culminates with a performance that is free and open to the public at Northwestern High School on January 30, 2020.

Chris Branam, Lecturer and Assistant Director of Bands at North Carolina State University serves as the guest clinician during the two-day clinic. Mr. Branham will work as a clinician with the 2020 York County Honor Band and will be the guest conductor at the performance in January.  This grant will offset the costs associated with the two-day clinic and performance. |



Karen Collins | $1,000
Film Festival & Workshops

Serving as Festival Director and Programmer for the Underexposed Film Festival yc, Karen Collins has worked to take the event to the next level each year. In its ninth season, this international short film festival grows again with the addition of a Puppetry category and the possibility of additional screenings. Puppetry is one of the oldest artforms, and it is poised to take center stage in the filmmaking community. This grant allows the UFFyc to continue its commitment to provide an educational component as a part of the 2020 Festival through workshops and masterclasses with professional filmmakers. |


Early Learning Partnership of York County | $1,000
Rock Hill Reads

Rock Hill Reads, coordinated by the Early Learning Partnership of York County (ELP), provides a focus on early literacy for the preschool-aged children in the Saluda Street corridor, and aligns with Mayor John Gettys’ focus to provide exposure to culturally diverse and underserved children in the area. Working in partnership with the Rock Hill School District’s ParentSmart early childhood division, the District, the City, and the York County Library all collaborate with Early Learning Partnership.

Rock Hill Reads is throwing a birthday party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ParentSmart on Friday, January 31 from 10 – 11:30 AM at the Sylvia Circle Family Learning Center. Approximately 200 children/families from the neighborhood, Head Start, and ESL classes will participate in this arts-infused event. The book, I am the Music Man will be presented in dramatic fashion with Rock Hill Poet Laureate Angelo T. Geter reading and acting it out as opera singer, NaTasha McNeil sings the song in the book as it is played by the RHSO String Quartet. The children will also be able to participate in arts and craft activities with the ParentSmart staff, enjoy a slice of birthday cake, snacks, and meet Comporium’s Digger the Book Loving Dog. The ELP will use this the Small Grant to hire the Rock Hill Symphony’s String Quartet and Beyond Fit Kids to perform, and to provide an age-appropriate book for each child to take home. |



Marge Moody | $1,000
Visiting Artist/Visiting Scholar Program – Rome, Italy

The Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAVS) Program provides artists and scholars of all nationalities the opportunity to experience the intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation that characterizes life at the American Academy in Rome. Marge Loudon Moody has been accepted to the VAVS Program for the spring of 2020. While there, she plans to create new work, primarily in collage, much of which, she plans to exhibit in June 2020 in a solo show at the National Association of Women Artists (The NAWA) in New York City.  This Small Grant will be used to offset Moody’s room, board, and materials costs while in Rome. |



Susan Vinson Sherlock | $500
Songwriting Workshop & Concert

Susan Sherlock, an acclaimed musician in her own right, has secured this Small Grant to bring the award-winning singer/songwriter, and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, Joe Newberry to York, SC for a songwriting workshop and concert on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. His powerful and innovative banjo playing, as well as his songwriting, guitar skills, fiddling, and singing has delighted audiences around the world.  Joe has taught banjo, guitar, singing, and songwriting at numerous camps and festivals, including Ashokan, Midwest Banjo Camp, American Banjo Camp, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and more. He was, for many years, the coordinator of the Old-Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center. On January 25, during the day, Mr. Newberry will conduct a 4-hour songwriting workshop at Etta’s Cre8tive Emporium, 35 N. Congress St., York, SC. This workshop is open to songwriters of all levels, and to those who have an interest in learning more about the process of songwriting. 

In the evening on January 25, the public is invited to spend an intimate evening of guitar, banjo, fiddle and song with Joe Newberry at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 E. Liberty St., York, SC. Internationally known for his powerful banjo work, he is a prizewinning guitarist and singer, his songs are widely recorded by acclaimed bluegrass artists like The Gibson Brothers, Ricky Scaggs, and Eric Gibson. Newberry was a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions 2016 tour of the UK with fiddler Aly Bain and dobro master Jerry Douglas, and at the Transatlantic Sessions’ debut at Merlefest in 2017 with fellow singers James Taylor, Sarah Jarosz, Declan O’Rourke, Karen Matheson, and Maura O’Connell. |


Strauss Moore Shiple | $500
Dawn Anthony & the Lovell Bradford Quartet Concert

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on January 17, Dawn Anthony and the Lovell Bradford Quartet will perform at the York Senior Center, 14 N. Congress St., York, SC. Dawn Anthony and Lovell Bradford are both teaching artists, lecturers, and performers based in Charlotte, NC.

Dawn Anthony earned her degree in music from Queens University of Charlotte, but still pursues her love for learning, performing and teaching through cultural exchanges and musical collaborations beyond the stage and classroom. Dawn attributes her versatility and skill to sing other genres to her classical training. Singing everything from classical to jazz, and musical theater to gospel--she thrives on challenging herself to grow as a musician and make connections with others beyond the words and notes on the page.

Pianist Lovell Bradford, an adjunct professor at Davidson College, has played on a number of top Gospel and jazz recordings. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Bradford had many of his first musical experiences in church where his grandmother played every Sunday. He studied at Central State University and eventually began playing in the jazz scene in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Charlotte. Bradford has performed with artists such as Pharez Whitted, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, and many others.

This Small Grant will offset the expenses associated with artist and technical/production fees, and marketing.

Total Allocations This Quarter: $5,200

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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