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Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grants Program
Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grants Program Information Session
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00pm

Download the powerpoint from the information session

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Lowcountry Arts Grants Program (LQAGP) is a subgranting program of the South Carolina Arts Commission and is administered by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program.

The LQAGP is intended to support arts organizations and projects that reflect artistic excellence and events which are well-advertised and open to the public. The LQAGP provides assistance for professional or career development for individual artists and staff of cultural organizations in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John & Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded on a quarterly basis. Deadlines for applications are February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 each year.  Applicants may receive only two quarterly grants per fiscal year (July 1- June 30).

WHO QUALIFIES AS AN APPLICANT FOR THE LQAGP GRANTS PROGRAM?
A. Nonprofit Organizations:
  • Arts producing, presenting and service organizations and other (non-art) organizations, appropriate staff
    Eligibility:
  • Must be chartered in South Carolina as a nonprofit organization or governmental agency
  • Must be located in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester Counties
  • Applicant must hold a federal tax exempt status or apply through a qualified fiscal agent
B. Individual Artists:
  • Applicant must be professional artists, or an individual who devotes a major portion of their time to the practice and production of art through which he/she earns or endeavors to earn his/her livelihood.
    Eligibility:
  • Must reside in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties for 6 months prior to the date of application and throughout the grant period.
  • Must not be a degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate student during the grant period. Graduate students are ineligible to apply if academic credit will be earned as a result of the proposed project.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM FUNDING AMOUNT FOR QUARTERLY GRANTS?
Individual artists or organizations may request up to $1,000 in matching funds. They can only be funded up to two times through this grant program as this program is meant to be a starting point to help new and emerging artists/arts organizations.

WHAT IS THE REQUIRED MATCH?
Required Match 1:1(Applicant/LQAGP)
50% of the Applicant's Match must be cash.
Ordinary living expenses during the project are not eligible costs

WHAT TYPE OF APPLICATION WILL THE LQAGP FUND?
  • professional consultants 
  • media and theater productions 
  • small press publications
  • fundraising
  • staff training
  • professional development and study
  • ticket subsidy
  • expendable supplies and materials
  • staff salaries
  • marketing projects
  • folk art
  • community outreach
  • commissioning new works 
  • design arts 
  • rental or lease of equipment 
  • art in public places 
  • presentation of individual artists or ensembles

WHAT TYPE OF APPLICATION WILL THE LQAGP NOT FUND?
  • Capital improvements and real property 
  • a project already funded by the SCAC/LQAGP, except for staff/professional development 
  • nonprofessional artists, students or student groups taking part in activities as instructors/performers 
  • performances and exhibitions which are not open to the general public 
  • non-art museums (science and natural history) except arts personnel and arts projects sponsored by non-art museums 
  • activities completed prior to grant period 
  • tuition for degree programs
  • living expenses

WHAT ARE THE GRANT DEADLINES?
The grant year for the LQAGP is made up of four granting periods, each with separate application deadlines. Funds granted by LQAGP may be used for intended grant period only.

For project starting:      Application Deadlines:     Notifications mailed by:
July-September            May 15                           June 15
October-December        August 15                      September 15
January-March              November 15                  December 15
April-June                    February 15                    March 15

HOW DOES AN INDIVIDUAL ARTIST OR ORGANIZATION APPLY FOR GRANT?
To apply for a quarterly grant from the LQAGP, the following must be received on the appropriate deadline date no later than 5:00p.m. All materials must be collated as follows:

A. A completed LQAGP Application (must be typed or printed). Only LQAGP application forms will be accepted for review.
B. Conference or workshop brochure if grant is for attendance
C. Letters of support or letters of commitment from any collaborating partners involved in the project
D. Support material such as tapes, slides, scores, films, writing samples as applicable. Original works of art will not be accepted. If work samples are to be returned, a stamped, self- addressed envelope must be enclosed (must be identified with applicant’s name, title of work, medium/process, date of work dimensions, duration or number of pages)

Organizations Only:
E. Current list of Board of Directors
F. Proposed operation budget for current fiscal year
G. Copy of State of South Carolina charter as nonprofit organization

The Grants Review Panel reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, etc. and reserves the right to contact applicants if further information is needed.

MAIL OR DELIVER COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:
A completed LQAGP Grant Application and accompanying attachments should be received by 5:00p.m. on the deadline day and can be mailed or delivered in person to:

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3800
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 724-7307
NO FAXED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

Questions?  Contact Rachel Dewyngaert Workman

AFTER THE GRANT AWARD:
Grant Award Recipients will receive one-half of the grant award when the recipient returns the signed contract, completed W-9 form, and completed City of Charleston Vendor Profile Form. The balance of the funding will be forwarded with approval of the recipient’s submission of the Final Evaluation and Fiscal Report. Detailed records must be kept so that this comprehensive report includes a narrative, actual budget, and suitable documentation of the project.

The Final Evaluation and Fiscal Report must be submitted no later than 30 days after the project’s completion. If the Final Evaluation and Fiscal Report is not submitted to the office on or before the deadline, the review panel has the right to hold funds awarded to the project and distribute the monies back into the Grants Program. If further time is needed to file the Final Evaluation and Fiscal Report due to circumstances beyond the recipient’s control, a letter requesting an extension must be presented to the LQAGP prior to the deadline for the report.

If a project is funded, no changes may be made in the project, activities, personnel or budget without prior consultation with the LQAGP. Organizations and individuals that misuse LQAGP funding will lose all rights to apply for any future grant awards. Grant moneys that are not spent during the project must be returned to the LQAGP with the Final Evaluation and Fiscal Report. On-site evaluations may be conducted by the LQAGP review panel and/or staff.

All publicity and programs must contain the following statement:

“This project was funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.”