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.
- 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 or Businesses in Public/Private Partnerships. 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 (make sure it is signed)
- Fiscal Agent’s adopted budget for the current fiscal year
- Fiscal Agent’s operating financial statement for last fiscal year
- 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 (not an EIN letter, but non-profit designation letter)
- Secretary of State Annual Charity Registration letter (make sure it is not expired)
- List of Board members
- Mission of Non-profit
- Letter of Support from your local SC County 250 Committee
- SC250 would like to ensure that your County 250 group is in the loop when you are applying. We get more done together! Click Here for a list of contacts for the local county committees. Don't see your county contact? Reach out to email@example.com.
- If fiscal agent or project director is the County 250 Committee, you can skip this attachment.
- If fiscal agent or project director is the County 250 Committee, you can skip this attachment. you are not located in SC but are working on American Revolution in SC material, upload a document that states such.
- 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.
- Grant Application Budget
- Budget Best Practices:
- Not all budget categories may be compatible with your grant type. Feel free to skip a section. For example: we do not expect to see land acquisition in the County 250 Organizing Grants.
- If the grant request amount is part of a larger budget, please only include SC250 funding requests in each breakdown section.
- Make sure to not exceed the total amount available for this grant type in the breakdown SC250 request sections. This up to amount is listed in the Amount section below.
- The total budget could be larger if you have additional funding from other sources. If there are any additional funds in your total budget, document them in the Cost Share / Matching Funds section.)
- Does your grant require a match? Checking out the Match or Cost Share Required section below. Even if not required, SC250 encourages partnerships and cost share.
- If your grant does require a match, remember that the percentage is part of the total budget not 20% or 50% of your ask.
- In-kind match can be documented to show support, however, it cannot be used in the formal match amount.
- Personnel refers to staffing, while contractual refer to any person you are hiring for a specific task.
- Administrative staffing should represent no more than 20% of the budget request.
- Feel free to contact SC250 with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit early and/or contact SC250 to discuss.
up to $10,000* / Project Sponsor
24FY Anticipated Application Deadlines:
Cycle 1: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. Eastern
Cycle 2: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 3:00 P.M. Eastern
All deadlines are not postmarked dates as all applications must be submitted in the Discover SC Web Grants program. Dates subject change.
24FY Anticipated Grant Award Dates:
Cycle 1: November 2023 or early December 2023
Cycle 2: May 2024
Application responses can be award/fund, award/partially fund, not award, and requiring more due diligence for a final decision. More due diligence would, of course, delay a final award date if eventually approved. This is especially true with expensive site grants. Pro Tip: plan ahead and leave plenty of time between your application and the project start date.
Match or Cost Share Required:
Yes; 80% SC250 / 20% Grantee (20% is minimum, more encouraged)
80% up front with 20% appropriated upon receipt of completed final report
How to Register for the Discover SC Web Grants Program
How to Submit Your Application in the Discover SC Web Grants Program
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.
*Grant funding is dependent on allocations from the State Legislature each year. SC250 may choose to fund, not fund, or partially fund applications. The Commission retains the right to make exceptions or alter the up to amount that can be approved for each grant. All information is intended to be a summary and subject to change. Contact info@SouthCarolina250.com or 803-898-3392 for more information.