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 and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
Grants of up to $2,000 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 to June 30).
A completed LQAGP Grant Application (PDF) and accompanying attachments should be received by 5 p.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
Please note: No faxed applications will be accepted!
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 (PDF). Detailed records must be kept so that this comprehensive report includes a narrative, actual budget, and suitable documentation of the project.
Final Evaluation & Fiscal Report Submission
The Final Evaluation and Fiscal Report (PDF) 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.
Funded Projects & Misuse
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.
Required Statement of Publicity & Programs
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.