S.C. Arts Commission receives $811,400 NEA grant

WASHINGTON – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces $80.4 million for 1,114 new awards located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four U.S. jurisdictions.

The federal agency is sending $933,900 to five additional South Carolina recipients. Among them is the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC), which is to receive $811,400. Five previous awards from the first round in February 2019 totaled $125,000.

“At the Arts Commission, our grant will be put to use serving communities throughout the state. It will fund community arts development initiatives that seek to foster the creativity and unity needed to address the unique issues facing rural South Carolina communities. It will further our goals to provide every South Carolina child with access to an arts-inclusive education. It will also let us help our artists develop their skills to grow businesses that contribute to the state’s $9.7 billion creative economy,” SCAC Executive Director Ken May said.

This is the Art Endowment’s second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2019, and these awards continue the Arts Endowment’s commitment as the only arts funder reaching the entire country. Awards from this round of funding come from four categories: Art Works II, Our Town, state and regional partnerships and Research: Art Works, plus a renewal in NEA Research Labs.

“Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”

Grants recommended in this round are listed in two ways:

• State/jurisdiction and listed by city/town and
• Funding category (Art Works II, Our Town, state and regional partnerships, and Research: Art Works) and then listed by artistic discipline/field.

In the first funding round of fiscal year 2019 announced on Feb. 13, 2019 the Arts Endowment made 1,145 grants totaling $27 million. Other awards will be made in the coming months through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. All current grants can be viewed through the Arts Endowment’s grants search.


• Columbia Film Society, Columbia
$22,500; Art Works – Media Arts
• South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia
$811,400; Partnerships (State & Regional)
• Greenville Symphony Association/Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville
$10,000; Art Works – Music
• City of Rock Hill
$75,000; Our Town – Design
• Hub City Writers Project, Spartanburg
$15,000; Art Works – Literature

For more on the Arts Endowment’s grants, visit The Hub:



With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians.

Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants, and leadership initiatives in three areas:
• arts education,
• community arts development,
• and artist development.

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.