Grants available for Sumter arts programs



The Sumter County Cultural Commission still has sub-grants available for the 2017-18 fiscal year, Executive Director Melanie Colclough announced this week. The commission itself was awarded a grant for the year from the South Carolina Arts Commission, funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Commission Chairman Todd Warrick said these and matching funds from Sumter County have enabled the commission "to support the arts in our schools, enhance arts programming from community organizations and encourage local artists."

Already this year, from July through December, the commission has awarded sub-grants to local groups and individuals, including Sumter County Library, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, South Sumter Resource Center, Sumter Cheraw Indian Tribe, Sumter Civic Dance Co., Sumter Little Theatre, Sumter Senior Services, Rising Stars of Sumter, Michelle Ross, Sumter High School Drama and Lakewood High School.

Colclough said organizations and individuals can apply for the 2017-18 sub-grant program until Feb. 9. For an application, email Colclough at

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development.

Headquartered in Columbia, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit or call (803) 734-8696.

The Sumter County Cultural Commission is a county-appointed volunteer commission committed to creating and driving cultural unity in Sumter County through the arts. For more information, call (803) 436-2260.