Since 1987, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance has awarded over $350,000 in grants to arts organizations, artists and teachers.
Organizations which have been awarded funding during our 2017-18 grant cycle include: Florence County Disabilities Foundation “Brick-Abilities”, Musicians for the Kickin’ Chicken and Chili Wing Fest, Florence-Darlington Strings Association, Florence Little Theatre, Empowered to Heal Expressed Heart Project, Lake City Community Theatre, The Starr Ward Chamber Music Series, City of Florence Parks & Rec’s Tellebration, Lake City Concert Series, and Southside Middle Cultural Dance Mentorship Program.
FRAA’s Quarterly Grants Program has four deadlines annually.
• May 15 for projects beginning in July, August or September and ending before June 1.
• August 15 for projects beginning in October, November or December and ending before June 1.
• November 15 for projects beginning in January, February or March and ending before June 1.
• February 15 for projects beginning in April, May or June and ending before June 30.
If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due by 5pm on the next business day.
The application process may require applicants make a presentation to FRAA’s Grants Dispersal Committee. If your project is selected for a presentation, you will be notified shortly after the application deadline.
Eligibility Requirements Quarterly Grants Program:
Overview & Guidelines
The Quarterly Grants Program for Organizations & Individual Artists is designed to provide support for a wide variety of quality arts projects, as well as for professional development opportunities for artists and arts administrators.
Organizations must be based in Florence County with a Florence County mailing address and be registered charitable organizations with federal non-profit status. Please click below for a printable PDF of the application for organizations.
Individual artists must be practicing artists in dance, literature, music, theatre or the visual arts and have a Florence County mailing address. Individual artists must be over the age of 18 at the time of application. Individual artists cannot apply for funding for projects that are related to academic credit or be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the grant period. Please click below for a printable PDF of the application for individuals.
Applications from organizations or artists with overdue or incomplete grant reports from previously awarded Quarterly Grants will not be considered for funding. No entity or individual can receive more than two (2) grants per year (Quarter 1 through Quarter 4). No entity or individual can apply for more than one (1) grant per quarterly deadline.
Projects must begin in the quarter of application, but can extend past the end of the quarter. Final reports are due within 30 days of the end date of the project or June 30th, whichever date comes first.
Organizations are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in funding. Organizations are required to make a 2:1 match. No more than 50% of that match can be in-kind.
Individual Artists may apply for up to $1000 per award. Individuals are required to make a 1:2 match. 100% of the applicant’s match must be in cash. No in-kind or creative time is allowed to be part of the applicant’s match.
Payment of awarded grants is done on a reimbursement basis. Payments are issued after the acceptance of a final report.
Applicants will be notified of their application’s status within one week of the Grants Dispersal Committee’s meeting.
Any applicant that is not satisfied with their grant award is entitled to file an appeal. Appeals must be made within one week of the funding notification. The appeal will be heard by the Board of Directors at their next scheduled meeting. The decision of the Board of Directors is final.
Applications are reviewed by a panel of community members which consists of one Florence Regional Arts Alliance Board Member. The following items are considered during the review process.
Applications from organizations should demonstrate the ability to maintain high professional standards. Is the project design well-planned and professional as demonstrated through the support materials provided?
The project will be evaluated on its benefit the community or South Carolina artists at large. Is there evidence for the need and impact of the project and/or cooperative relationships with other artists and organizations? Does the project align with the organization’s mission? How has concern for cultural diversity been shown?
The applicant will be evaluated on ability to implement the project. Is there evidence of adequate resources to complete the project as indicated in the budget submitted? Does the applicant have a project design which is feasible and includes marketing, distribution efforts with competent staff or volunteers to direct the project?
FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS
Applications from individuals should demonstrate the ability to maintain high professional standards and that the project will exhibit excellence, creativity and individuality. Does the resume’ of the applicant or other personnel involved demonstrate professionalism? Do the support materials and application demonstrate high quality?
The project will be evaluated on its benefit to the community or South Carolina artists at large. Is there strong evidence for the need or impact of the project to the applicant’s professional development, career growth or the community’s benefit. Is there evidence of cooperative relationships and/or support from other artists, community organizations or businesses?
The applicant will be evaluated on ability to implement the project. Is there evidence of adequate resources to complete the project as indicated in the budget submitted? Does the applicant have a project design which is feasible and includes marketing, distribution efforts as applicable?
To receive a copy of the application or any questions about FRAA’s Quarterly Grants Program contact executive director, Sandra Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.407.3092.
The program is funded by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, the South Carolina Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, Honda and local individual support to the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.