GRANTS

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 prior to submitting an application.

  • Schedule an appointment with or email a draft to Reba Bowens 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 Reba Bowens prior to the application deadline. Please contact the Reba 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:
Reba Bowens, Interim Associate Director for Operations and Membership, rbowens@yorkcountyarts.org



APPLICANT INFORMATION

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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 Reba Bowens 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.

GUIDELINES and APPLICATION

Please download the Grant Guidelines for complete information.

FOR APPLICANTS

Small Grants Guidelines (rev. 9/15/2020) (PDF Format)

Small Grants Application (Editable PDF Format)

Small Grants Application SAMPLE (rev. 9/15/2020) (PDF Format)

PLEASE NOTE

•  The Small Grants 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. 

The Small Grants Application and Small Grants Final Report documents must be downloaded to your computer and edited using Adobe Reader. •  Editing the documents in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari...) 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.

INFORMATIONAL WEBINARS

Are you interested in applying for a Small Grant through the Arts Council of York County? Join the ACYC for an hourlong informational webinar during which we will discuss the organizations and projects that are eligible for a grant, go over the application and granting process, and answer any questions you may have. 

  • TUESDAY, MAY 4 | 12 - 1 PM

  • THURSDAY, MAY 6 | 6 - 7 PM

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 | 12 - 1 PM

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 | 6 - 7 PM

  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | 12 - 1 PM

  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 6 - 7 PM

A Google Meet link will be emailed to registrants in advance of the webinar.

REGISTER | ACYC Tickets

RECIPIENT INFORMATION

​​FINAL REPORT DEADLINES

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.

INFORMATION PACKET and FINAL REPORT

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

Small Grants Information Packet (rev. 5/5/2021) (PDF Format)

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

LOGOS

•  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 arts@yorkcountyarts.org.

•  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.



 

PLEASE NOTE

•  The Small Grants 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. 

The Small Grants Application and Small Grants Final Report documents must be downloaded to your computer and edited using Adobe Reader. •  Editing the documents in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari...) 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:

M.C. Churchill-Nash | $400

Frames for Art Exhibit

York County artist, M.C. Churchill-Nash is preparing an exhibition featuring a series of watercolor interpretations of visual stimulus provided by the Eastern Phoebes that nest over her front door each spring. These works are created with watercolors on Yupo with some wax crayon resist. These works are to be a part of a two-person exhibit in July and August of 2021 in the Courtroom Gallery at The Gettys Center in Rock Hill. This Small Grant will be used to offset the costs of framing the works of art. | http://www.mccn-fineart.com

 

 

Clinton College | $910

Mural

Clinton College is a Historically Black College founded in 1894 located in Rock Hill, SC. Serving as the principal in Clinton ConNEXTion, a partnership with the City of Rock Hill and community stakeholders, Clinton College is striving to improve the overall quality of life in South Rock Hill where community members can thrive and have equitable access to resources and opportunities. Clinton CoNEXTion’s next project is the installation of a mural in a residence hall on the campus of Clinton College. This mural will project diversity, inclusion, love, and peace, will serve as a conversation starter and will act as a point of pride for the artist and students.

 

Funds from the Small Grant will be used to hire a local artist to design and paint the mural. The mural is scheduled to be completed before the students return to campus in August of 2021. | https://www.clintoncollege.edu

 

 

Old Town Association | $900

Robin Hood

Old Town Theatre Company (OTTC) is an SC based, site-specific theatre troupe that partners with local venues and businesses to build relationships among artists, audiences, and the community. With community-minded and engaging productions, OTTC strives to create accessible theatre for ALL.

 

Founded in 2019, OTTC seeks to redefine traditional theatre by taking the context of the play and putting it in an environment that is suitable for the production. OTTC also pays every artist involved in the production. By supporting working actors and designers, the artistic community can only grow.

 

The Old Town Theatre Company is producing the live action, family friendly, short film - Robin Hood. In this short, Robin Hood, Little John, and their band of Merry Men (and women) take on the crooked Prince John to restore peace and happiness in Nottingham. This fun-filled and interactive film will feature a scavenger hunt throughout Old Town. Viewers will be encouraged to write down the clues that the various characters provide, and those who discover 5 clues will be eligible for special discounts at participating businesses. The film will be released in late April. This Small Grant will be used to pay artistic and production fees and will provide support for marketing expenses. | https://www.onlyinoldtown.com/ottc

 

 

Claudia O’Steen | $900

Research for Upcoming Art Exhibit and Publication

Artist Claudia O’Steen is conducting research for a new art exhibit featuring the Florida Keys as a transitional landscape within a complex interconnected ocean system. Ms. O’Steen will develop her own analogue and digital tools and processes to document the shifting coastline and analyze the tide measurements in an attempt to understand the ways in which sea-level rise is reflected in the data. This research is scheduled for June 2021 and will culminate in Transitional Landscapes, an exhibition and publication, set to premiere in 2022. The Small Grant will offset travel expenses and the cost of creating the tools used to gather data for the exhibition. | https://claudiaosteen.com

 

 

Piedmont Music Therapy | $200

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Celebrations

Piedmont Music Therapy was founded in 2013 to serve clients, students and programs in York and Mecklenburg Counties of the Carolinas. PMT strives to engage, empower and accompany individuals to reach their goals grounded in the frameworks of music therapy and social work. Additionally, PMT serves to promote the growth of music therapy students and board-certified music therapists by offering educational opportunities plus increasing the community's awareness of the field of music therapy.

 

PMT is planning two 45-minute online music-based events celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. These are geared towards children and adults with disabilities. Each event will be facilitated by a music therapist from PMT who will provide an arts-based family engagement event with live music. Participants can anticipate singing, dancing, and songwriting together to strengthen their familial relationship through the Arts. Art kits including an egg shaker, ribbon/scarf wand, writing implements, a colorful song sheet, stickers and a kazoo will be distributed to registrants in advance of each event. This Small Grant will be used to purchase the materials needed to assemble the kits. | https://www.piedmontmusictherapy.com

 

 

Rock Hill Theatre | $1,000

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

The Rock Hill Theatre presents a virtual livestream of the beloved musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, and a beagle named Snoopy navigate the joys and pitfalls of childhood: chaotic baseball games, unrequited valentines, World War One flying beagles, and five cent psychiatry. Though considered a "good man" by his friends, Charlie Brown can't seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl, nor his friend Lucy, her crush, the piano-playing Schroeder. Meanwhile Snoopy and Linus daydream and the rest of the friends battle with kites, school, baseball and misunderstandings before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy. The production fees, rights and royalties, and marketing efforts will be supported by this Small Grant. | https://www.rockhilltheatre.org

 

 

Upon this Rock 3-Cord Ministries | $815

Youth Mime and Liturgical Dance Workshop

Upon this Rock 3-Cord Ministries, a new outreach ministry that began in September of 2020 is offering a free workshop to the youth in our community, providing them a means to discover different forms of dance as an outlet for self-expression. Historically, liturgical dance has been an important part of cultures and religions around the world. Mime has grown to become an equally important and unique art form as well. With this workshop, Upon this Rock 3-Cord Ministries hopes to provide youth, ages 5 – 18, an opportunity to discover genres of dance that they may not have experienced before. The workshop is planned for May 21 – 22, 2021, with a performance on May 23. This Small Grant will provide the support needed to offer the workshop at no cost, covering artistic fees, technical and production fees, marketing, and event costs. | https://www.uponthisrock3-cordministries.org/

 

 

Visit York County | $900

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 2021, the York County Tour is set to welcome visitors to its farms on June 5 and 6, and June 12 and 13. This small grant will be used for event fees and marketing expenses related to the York County tour.  | https://www.clemson.edu/extension/agandarttour/participating_counties/york.html

 

 

Total Allocations This Quarter: $6,025

The next deadline is Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5 PM for programs occurring in July, August, and/or September 2021. 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.

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Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
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Saturday | 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday | 2 - 4 PM

 

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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. 

 

The Arts Council of York County received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, www.schumanities.org. 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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