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Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Institutions
for Large-Scale Public Humanities Projects

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South Carolina Humanities

Deadline Date:

01/16/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 to South Carolina nonprofits and institutions for public humanities programs and projects. Funding is intended for projects that are open and free to the public and that have a humanities discipline that is central to the program.

SC Humanities seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians by providing high-quality programs that enrich minds and broaden perspectives, foster positive human relationships, encourage good citizenship and bring together the diverse people of the statewide culture. SC Humanities supports programs that are balanced, reflect sensitivity to a breadth of ideas, encourage open dialogue, demonstrate integrity and are ethical in operations.

SC Humanities grants support public programs designed to be accessible by a broad audience, to serve citizens in urban, rural, and small-town settings, and to make possible humanities programs that illuminate and enrich the lives of both audiences and scholars.

Humanities Disciplines:
- History
- Literature
- Folklore
- Philosophy
- Comparative Religion
- Archaeology
- African American Studies
- Southern Studies
- Linguistics
- Ethics
- Jurisprudence
- Political Science
- Anthropology
- International Studies
- Art Theory and Criticism
- Women's Studies

SC Humanities seeks projects that:

- Cause people to analyze critically their values, beliefs, and attitudes relating to both the past and the present;
- Promote public awareness of the importance and pervasiveness of the humanities in daily life;
- Build alliances and networks across the state through collaboration with local organizations including education, business, federal, state and local governments;
-Make a particular effort to reach underserved areas of South Carolina and ensure that all counties have access to SC Humanities and its programs;
- Can become self-perpetuating or that have a high possibility of extended/lasting impact;
- Preserve and promote knowledge and understanding of the history, story, and culture of South Carolina;
- Engage with current technologies as a means to communicate with larger audiences;
- Demonstrate collaboration among teaching institutions and cultural entities to increase the possibility of interdisciplinary exchanges.

SC Humanities grants support public programs designed to be accessible to a broad audience, to serve citizens in urban, rural, and small-town settings, and to make possible humanities programs that illuminate and enrich the lives of both audiences and scholars.

An essential component for any grant from SC Humanities is the active participation of a humanities scholar whose role is to encourage dialogue, analysis, and critical thinking. A professional in the field of the project is also acceptable.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176755

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.

The award amounts depend on the merits of the proposal, amount of grant funds available, and the number of quality proposals in competition.

Term of Contract:

The grant period begins on the first of the month following review and concludes at the end of the month in which the last project activity will occur. The average grant period is less than one year.

This deadline is for programs that start after March 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization or institution may apply for SC Humanities grants for projects and programs of interest to South Carolinians. The humanities must be central, not tangential, to the project.

What SC Humanities grants do not fund:

- SC Humanities does not award grants to individuals. Your application must have a nonprofit sponsoring organization.
- Creative or performing arts performances. SC Humanities does fund the theory and criticism of the arts. Your program should be designed to generate dialogue between humanities scholars and the audience and not for the presentation of the art form itself.
- Programs that advocate for a particular ideology, political, social, or religious viewpoint.
- Programs intended for only college students or college faculty. Your program must engage non-academic participants.
- Programs that carry a high ticket or registration fee.
- Courses, scholarships, awards, fellowships or individual research. However, teachers are allowed to apply for programs that earn Continuing Education credits.
- Publications, scholarly, writing, or editing projects.
- Capital projects. These include the purchase of land, buildings, restorations, constructions, or museum / library acquisitions. Charges may be made to a grant project for equipment purchases (such as modest expenditures related to SC Humanities funded exhibits) if the applicant can demonstrate that the purchase amount of permanent equipment is less expensive than rental charges.
- Food, alcoholic beverages or entertainment for audiences.
- Expenses incurred or paid for before the SC Humanities grant is awarded or the beginning of the grant period.

Please note: SC Humanities discourages repetitive requests for funding the same project. Applications from the same sponsor for programs of similar content, staff, format, and audience will normally not be funded more than twice.

Pre-Application Information:

The electronic application should be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on January 16, 2019.

Major grants are reviewed twice each year by the full board of directors. The spring cycle has submission deadlines in January for programs starting after March 1st. The fall cycle has submission deadlines in August for programs starting after November 1st.

Applicants are urged to consult with SC Humanities staff early in the planning stage and should submit a draft for review by staff prior to the application deadline. Make certain that the intended program activities take place no sooner than six weeks following the date of review.

The Cash and In-Kind Cost Shares: SC Humanities requires a 1:1 match of every outright requested dollar. The cash and in-kind cost shares, must therefore, equal or exceed the amount of the outright request. Cash cost share is the budgeted or ‘on-hand’ amount of real dollars either raised or contributed towards the project. The in-kind cost share is the amount of value donated towards ensuring the project’s success. Typically, this is in the form of volunteer hours, donation of services, space, or materials or a donation of honoraria.

SC Humanities requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and provide it on the application. Registering for a DUNS number is free and does not take longer than 2 business days. Instructions on how to obtain a DUNS number are attached below.

Preliminary Drafts: It is strongly suggested that applicants for a Major Grant submit one preliminary draft of the proposal for staff review and comment prior to the application deadline. SC Humanities will accept this preliminary draft by email, fax or the regular mail. For best results and critique from the SC Humanities staff, this preliminary draft should complete as much of the grant application as possible, especially the three major sections of cover sheet, narrative and budget and should be submitted at least a week prior to the application deadline.

You will be notified by mail no later than two weeks after the final review. (Typically award recipients are notified by the third week of February for the spring cycle and the first week of October for the fall cycle).


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications by email to and

T.J. Wallace, Assistant Director

South Carolina Humanities
PO Box 5287
Columbia, SC 29250

2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 203
Columbia, SC 29204

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