Coastal Community Foundation offers grants to artists

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

Applications are now available for artists and arts organizations seeking grant support from the Expansion Arts Fund of Coastal Community Foundation. Priority will be given to minority, rural and economically disadvantaged artists, and to the creation of art that reflects Lowcountry heritage.

To be eligible, artists must live and work in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester or Georgetown County and have at least three years experience in their art forms or crafts. The deadline for grant proposals is July 12.

Small and emerging arts organizations may apply for up to $5,000 for organizational development, production of original works, exhibits of new and important community artists, renewed performances of classic repertoires of a particular culture or for the research, preservation and development of indigenous art forms.

Individual artists may apply for up to $2,500 to seek professional development, produce new work, reach new audiences or research indigenous art forms.

Thanks to local donors who responded positively to a challenge issued by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to create a local funding source to provide grants to “Expansion Artists,” The Expansion Arts Fund was created at CCF in 1988.

The Expansion Arts Program is conducted every other year, with alternating residency requirements. In 2011, applications were accepted from Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. In 2013, applications are being accepted from Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown counties.

For complete information about the Expansion Arts Fund or an application, contact Program Officer Richard Hendry at 843-723-3635 x 104 or Richard@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org. Guidelines and applications are also available on the foundation’s website at www.CoastalCommunityFoundation.org (Click “Nonprofits” tab and select “Grants”.)


Established in 1974, Coastal Community Foundation is a public grant making foundation fostering philanthropy for the lasting good of the community in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, and Jasper Counties. Thousands of families, businesses, individuals and organizations have built more than 615 individual funds and endowments at the Foundation to benefit specific charities and/or broad areas of community life – education, basic human needs, conservation and preservation, arts, health and neighborhood/community development. In its 38-year history, Coastal Community Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants.

Last year, Foundation funds generated over $11.98 million for charitable programming, community projects, educational initiatives and scholarships and Foundation assets topped $147 million. To learn more, go to: www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

Anna Wheeler

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29403

Phone: 843-723-5736 x 120 ~ Fax: 843-577-3671


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