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Signage & Marker Grants

The SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission (SC250) believes that not only do interpretive signs, directional signage, and markers recognize the significance of SC people, places, and ideas in the American Revolution; these signs also aid the cultural tourism that will be enhanced by 250th anniversary marketing and curiosity.

Grant Requirements:

  • All Projects should feature significant American Revolution Era people, places, events, or ideas particularly in their connection to SC.
  • Interpretive materials require the highest standards of scholarship, balance, and documentation.
  • All locations must be verified through research and archaeology.
  • The Project Sponsor will supply its proposed Budget and Timeline to completion
  • The research must cite the SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission.
  • All signage applications must include proof of property ownership, lease, or easement agreement for the signage location.
  • All signage must follow SC Dept. of Transportation regulations.
  • All new signage should be listed with ArchSite and SC Institute for Archaeology & Anthropology.
  • Project Sponsor shall provide all project management.
  • During the agreement period (through 2033) the Project Sponsor must ensure that the terms of the agreement are kept, that maintenance will be performed on a regular basis signage remain available to the public. During the project agreement period the Project Sponsor may not transfer the rights, privilege, or obligations of the site without approved from SC250.
  • Post Completion Responsibilities: Upon notification from the Project Sponsor through a final report, SC250 will be responsible for making a site inspection of the site prior to final grant payment. 
  • In the event that any portion of this agreement is applied to leased property, the Project Sponsor must provide SC250 with a copy an adequate lease to the subject  property  prior  to  the first billing request.  If the lease is terminated for any reason prior to the expiration date of this agreement, the Project Sponsor agrees to relocate any improvements developed under this agreement to another site which would be open for public use.  Any and all expenses for real estate, relocation and/or other expenses will be borne by the Project Sponsor.
  • Any interpretive panels:
    • must be easily visible and accessible to the public.
    • should feature significant local Revolutionary Era people, places, events, or ideas.
    • should be engaging and graphically rich.
    • must be accurate, sources fully documented, or called “tradition” or “legend”.
    • must display SC250th Commission’s and SC Liberty Trail’s logos.
    • use only images, wording, design, and layout to which the grantee has permanent rights.
    • In addition to standard local histories, applicants are encouraged to also tell their Revolutionary Era stories from non-traditional points of view, such as (but not limited to) Loyalist – Women – Children – enslaved and free African Americans – Native Americans.
  • Please note that grant approval from SC250 does not include guaranteed State Marker program nor the National Register of Historic Places acceptance as SC Department of Archives & History (SCDAH) runs both of those programs separately. However, this grant can be used to pay fees, manufacturing, and installation of a state marker if approved through the SCDAH program.
  • Also, note that this program does not guarantee being listed on the Liberty Trail as that is a separate program run by the SC Battleground Preservation Trust (SCBPT) and the American Battlefield Trust. However, this grant could potentially be used for creating signage at a location to help prepare a site for being added to the Liberty Trail if approved by SCBPT.
  • Signage location should be “visitable” by the public at the completion of project (or as part of plan for the site).

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

  • Restoring or adding wayfinding signage for visitable site.
  • Restoring or installing interpretive signs on a Revolutionary Era site.
  • Marking 18th century roads.
  • Restoring or adding historic markers.

Have another project that you think is pertinent but is not listed above? Contact the SC250 office for clarification 803-898-3392.

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 and signage locations 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: Signage & Marker Grants
  • 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
    • Documentation of land ownership, lease, easement, or memorandum of understanding with landowner.*
    • Any documents describing signage or location. For example: photos of location, site map of property with County Map #, GIS Shapemap of property, 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
    • Eligible Costs
      • Cost of legal advertisement in newspapers for the purposes of procurement or notice of public meetings
      • Professional “In-House” labor for the development of plans, not to exceed 20% of total project cost without prior SC250 approval
      • Historic Interpretive writing and research fees and peer review of signage verbiage
      • Professional map creation
      • Graphic design of signage
      • Royalty fees for image usage
      • Architectural/Historical/Engineering/Construction Management fees. The total of which may not exceed 12% of the total project cost without prior SC250 approval.
      • Site improvements including clearing, grading, etc. in preparation for the installation of signage
      • Signage production & installation costs for the site (both interpretive and directional or safety oriented)
      • Building materials, supplies, and specialty materials for construction
    • Please note that permit costs associated with construction are not eligible. Any construction or maintenance equipment and tools are not eligible.
    • Applicants are encouraged to submit early and/or contact SC250 to discuss.

Amount:

up to $10,000 / 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:

No

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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