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Community Impact Grants for Faculty and Staff


The Spark Community Impact Grants for Faculty and Staff encourage collaboration and innovation through music leadership. These grants support and encourage musical projects, events, or activities which impact one or more of the following:

  • School of Music community
  • USC Campus community
  • Columbia local community
  • South Carolina/Southeastern community
  • National/world community


Deadline for grant proposals is March 24, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Awards will be announced by April 21, 2023. 

Funds Available

Awards up to $1,500 are available for projects realized in the 2023/24 academic year and may be used in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Class, studio, ensemble or area related expenses

  •  Support for student projects, guest artist visits/residencies, special events, workshops

  • Professional development


  • Encourage collaboration between the School of Music and the greater university


Eligible applicants include all School of Music faculty and staff who impact the learning environment at the University of South Carolina School of Music. We encourage applications from all music disciplines: applied, ensembles, education, academic, etc. 

Previous winners are welcome to reapply to fund new projects or new initiatives within existing projects. Submissions may come from individuals or teams.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.