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.

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. 1/28/2019) (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:

ChristmasVille Rock Hill | $1,000

Window Displays and Themed Alleys

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 four-day event held during the first week of December, the 2020 festival is transitioning to become a partially virtual festival that takes place from November 25 and runs through the end of December. 

 

Cheerful downtown window displays featuring Vernon Grant’s Santas and Gnomes, and scenes of Christmas are created by designers and businesses in many of the establishments lining East Main Street are a mainstay of ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, SC. The 2020 Festival is expanding the concept of the festive windows to include up to six alleys throughout Old Town Rock Hill. The alley project will pair decorators with artists to design and decorate the spaces, creating a walking tour and winter wonderland for visitors to the area. This Small Grant will fund the costs of the decorations and consultants. | https://www.christmasvillerockhill.com

 

 

Concerts at the Courtroom | $850

Sidebar Sessions, music video series

Concerts at the Courtroom has brought live performances, including local, regional and international acts ranging from performance art to acoustic folk rock to aggressive metal to the Gettys Art Center in Old Town Rock Hill, SC since 2012. Known regionally for creating and sustaining an edgy and innovative music and performing arts scene that supports local performers as well as touring acts, Concerts at the Courtroom seeks to provide a platform for local musicians and entertainment professionals to showcase their work in a time when live performances have been suspended. This Small Grant will support a series of six videos of local bands, shot by local videographers, and edited by local sound engineers. | https://www.facebook.com/thecourtroomrockhill/

 

 

Fort Mill Middle School | $375

Soprano Ukuleles

Fort Mill Middle School’s Chorus program serves 150 – 200 students in grades 6 – 8 each year. Currently, the curriculum for this course includes units of study in music theory, music history, the science of music – how music connects to other art forms, and performance – vocal and instrumental. For the 2020 – 2021 school year, the program is adding the study of ukuleles to its curriculum. Adding ukuleles to the classroom provides an additional resource, allowing students to broaden their musical experience and study. Ukuleles are an affordable instrument. Students who connect with the instrument could extend their studies beyond the classroom by purchasing their own for private instruction. The Arts Council’s Small Grant will help cover the cost of the instruments. | https://fmms.fortmillschools.org/arts

 

 

Winthrop University | $750

Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry

Winthrop University Galleries has partnered with the Women’s Art Initiative and the Arts Council of York County to engage and participate in Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry, an ongoing community art movement. The movement responds to the silencing of women, creating opportunities for all women to share experiences through visual storytelling. Artist, activist, community arts organizer, and founder Andrea Downs will install a small selection of the more than 400 pieces that are part of a growing collection of women’s stories. Artwork created during Laundry Day Workshops is collected and joined together on clotheslines and will be featured in the lobby at the DiGiorgio Campus Center at Winthrop University, and in the Perimeter Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The installation will include information about how the public can get involved in this movement. This Small Grant supports the artistic and production fees, travel expenses, and the costs for the installation of the exhibit in two spaces in York County. | https://www.winthrop.edu/galleries/

 

 

York County Library | $500

Winter Reading Program

York County Library is hosting their third Winter Reading Program this December. The 2020 program will be like no other! Patrons will be able to pick up all materials through curbside pickups at York County Library locations, and all programming will be offered virtually by staff and paid professional artists. Following in the footsteps of their highly successful Summer Reading Program, the Winter Reading Program will include virtual story times featuring the stars of ChristmasVille’s productions and other professional storytellers. The YCL will also offer a Christmas virtual performance by Porkchop Productions during the annual ChristmasVille Elves in the Shelves (virtual) event. This Small Grant offsets the artist fees relating to the York County Library’s presentation of Porkchop Productions’ virtual performance. | https://www.yclibrary.org

 

Total Allocations This Quarter: $3,475

The next deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5 PM for programs occurring in January, February, and/or March 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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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

HOURS
 
Center for the Arts

Monday – Thursday | 9 AM - 6 PM*

*Open from 5 - 6 PM by appointment 
Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
2nd & 4th weekends each month:
Saturday | 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday | 2 - 4 PM

 

Gettys Art Center

Monday – Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM

CLOSED

 

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Easter Monday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday

Christmas Eve  Day

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

By entering Arts Council events, you understand and agree that your photograph or image may be taken in any public place. You further grant permission and consent to the Arts Council of York County to use any such photograph, motion picture, or image for any reasonable purpose.

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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