Society level award
These awards are recognised throughout the society (i.e. All over the world, wherever there is an SCA group).
Award of Arms Grant of Arms Patent of Arms
The Patent of Arms is awarded with recognition of becoming a Royal Peer at the conclusion of a reign (Duke, Duchess, Count, or Countess) or with induction into:
(people who receive the Patent of Arms are also known as 'peers')
Many Kingdoms will tie a Kingdom award to a Society award, so a plain "Grant of Arms" is seldom awarded - it is usually granted as part of a Kingdom award that is given for a more specific achievement.