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Local Activities Grants

These SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission (SC250) grants are intended to provide seed money for local Revolutionary War activities. This could include public art, performances, living history, presentations, or more. SC250 encourages communities to be creative and make their celebration unique to their community.

Grant Requirements:

  • The activities should be public and feature significant local SC Revolutionary Era people, places, events, or ideas.
  • In addition to standard local histories, applicants are encouraged to also tell their Revolutionary Era stories from non-traditional points of view, such as Loyalist – Women – Children – enslaved and free African Americans – Native Americans.
  • Activities must strive to be as accurate as possible, sources fully documented, or called “tradition” or “legend”.
  • The Project Sponsor will supply its proposed Budget and Timeline to completion.
  • Publicity for activities must display SC250th Commission’s and SC Liberty Trail’s logos.
  • Project Sponsor shall provide all project management and select all artists, vendors, and consultants.

Potential American Revolution in SC Projects include but are not limited to:

  • Hold Events Celebrating Local Revolution Era People, Places, and Events
  • Living History Activities or Dramatic Presentations
  • Host Genealogy Programming
  • Develop Programs Helping to Rediscover the often lost voices of African Americans, Native Americans, Women, and Children
  • Give Tours of Revolutionary Era Sites in your Community
  • Memorialize your hero/heroines’ American Revolution actions with statues, markers, art, etc.
  • Art Projects related to the American Revolution in SC and specifically your Community
  • Host Speakers or Hold a Panel Discussion on Revolution Era Topics
  • Sponsor a competition for local students. It could be anything from writing an essay to creating a tik tok post around the American Revolution theme.
  • Host an event where you plant a “liberty tree” in memory of all those who died fighting for freedom during the American Revolution.
  • Develop children-friendly programs that include songs, games, and crafts that would have been popular among children during the American Revolution.
  • Organize a Revolutionary War symposium that features presentations from local historians and authors of the American Revolution.
  • Sponsor Home and Garden Tours of Historic Homes with Revolutionary Era roots.
  • Organize a Sestercentennial festival with music, food, and games.
  • Marketing of American Revolution Sites or Anniversary Activities in your Community
  • Other – If you choose Other, please describe your proposed project.

Who Is Eligible:

Official County 250 Committees, County Governments, Municipal Governments, Tribes, Museums, Historical Societies, Visitor Centers, Chambers of Commerce, Universities/Colleges, Non-Profit Organizations, Other SC Organizations. Please note that County and Municipal Governments may designate third-party recipients (i.e. non-profit organizations) to receive grants provided that the local government applies on their behalf and the Chief Elected Official of the local government signs the application. All applicants must be located in SC.

How To Apply:

Apply through the Discover SC Web Grant program making sure to include the following checklist:

  • Register with the Discover SC Web Grant program - Please note this program manages all SCPRT and SC250 Grants. Pro Tip: When completing registration make sure to select SC250 - SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission under Program Area of Interest.
  • Under Funding Opportunities make sure to select the correct grant - Agency: SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission Title: Local Activities Grant
  • General Information Form
  • Cover Sheet Form
  • Grant Narrative including Estimated Timeline & Anticipated Outcomes / Deliverables
  • Assurances & Certifications
  • Support Materials (*Required)
    • Contact Spreadsheet Click Here for a Sample Spreadsheet
      • Project Sponsor staff/members who would like to be added to SC250 enewsletter, etc.
      • VIPs to keep in the loop (Local Media, Elected Officials, Volunteers, Donors, etc.)
    • Fiscal Agent Documentation*
      • Fiscal Agent’s W-9
      • Fiscal Agent’s adopted budget for the current year
      • Fiscal Agent’s most recent operating financial statement
        • If the Fiscal Agent has just been established, some documentation to that fact
    • If the applicant or fiscal agent is a Non-Profit, we also need the following documentation:*
      • IRS 501c3 letter or 501c6 letter
      • Secretary of State Registration letter
      • List of Board members
      • Mission of Non-profit
    • Any documents describing Deliverables (could be copy of play that the Project Sponsor is sponsoring, concept drawings, event publicity plan, etc.)
    • Any other documents that support your request. For example: if planning on using grant funds to pay a consultant, submit resume and/or sample works of consultant if already selected / REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) if not.
    • Applicants are encouraged to submit early and/or contact SC250 to discuss.
  • Grant Application Budget

Amount:

up to $8,000 / Project Sponsor

23FY Anticipated Application Quarterly Deadlines:

Q1: 9/16/22 at 3:00 PM, Q2: 11/9/22 at 3:00 PM, Q3: 2/9/23 at 3:00 PM, Q4: 5/9/23 at 3:00 PM All quarterly deadlines are not postmarked dates as all applications must be submitted in the Discover SC Web Grants program. All times are Eastern.

23FY Anticipated Quarterly Grant Award Dates:

Q1: 10/4/22, Q2: 12/6/22, Q3: 2/28/23, Q4: 5/23/23

Match or Cost Share Required:

Yes; 80% SC250 / 20% Grantee

Grant Distribution:

80% up front with 20% appropriated upon receipt of completed final report

Helpful Links:

How to Register for the Discover SC Web Grants Program
How to Submit Your Application in the Discover SC Web Grants Program
SC250 Webinars
Sample Contact Excel Spreadsheet - Required Support Material for Most Grants
Word Document with Paper Version of Application for Reference and Preparation Only - Please note that all applicants must be completed in the Discover SC Web Grants Program.

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