SC Arts Alliance: $3.5 million more for the arts in State Budget / $20 Million through ESSER III

Our state advocacy partner, The South Carolina Arts Alliance advances the arts for all South Carolinians through advocacy, leadership development, and public awareness. See the following wonderful announcements regarding state investment in arts and arts education.

State Budget Includes $3.5 Million More for the Arts

On June 21, both the House and the Senate adopted the Budget Conference Committee Report, which recommended a total of $3.5 million more for the arts:

  • $2 million (one-time funding) for COVID Relief grants.

  • Increase of $1.5 million (recurring funding) for general operating support grants.

$20 Million for Arts Education Announced in South Carolina


A $20 million partnership was announced at a press conference Tuesday, June 29 between the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina Arts Commission which will help public schools throughout the state address pandemic related learning loss with proven, arts-based learning initiatives.


Thank You: Thank you to all of the advocates who helped secure this new funding for the arts! And thank you to the Legislature for their continued bipartisan support of the arts!