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Democracy and the Informed Citizen

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits, Schools, Libraries, and
Community Groups for Humanities Programs Related to Democracy

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South Carolina Humanities

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01/16/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 to South Carolina nonprofits, schools, universities, colleges, libraries, and community organizations for a wide range of humanities programs related to Democracy. Funding is intended for projects that examine the role of the informed citizen in a democratic society and what the term Democracy means to the individual and his/her community. Applications are accepted for all types of programming on the subject of Democracy and the Informed Citizen.

Grants are provided to interested organizations and institutions to develop, fund, and present creative programs in their own communities that complement a new programming initiative in the state of South Carolina in September. SC Humanities, Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, and the SC Press Association will present a seven‐month series titled “News Literacy and the Future of Journalism,” which was developed as the result of a national Democracy and the Informed Citizen project spearheaded by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Eligible programs must engage non-academic participants. The humanities must be central, not tangential, to the project.

Among the questions that might be raised in an eligible program are:
- What does the term Democracy mean to you and/or your community?
- What is the future of journalism?
- How can local journalism, so long a mainstay of community life, be revitalized?
- How has American journalism historically responded to periods of political upheaval and change?
- What does it mean to be an informed citizen in a democratic society?
- How can the humanities disciplines be utilized to strengthen the Democratic process?

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GrantWatch ID#: 184716

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Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Programs must begin after March 15, 2019 and be completed by May 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization or institution may apply for SC Humanities grants for projects and programs of interest to South Carolinians.

This grant opportunity is open to community organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges and universities.

Funds awarded by SC Humanities are federal in origin and are subject to the federal criteria that governs administrative requirements, allowable costs, and audit requirements. SC Humanities will provide information about OMB requirements to grantees.

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.
- Programs that advocate for a particular ideology, political, social, or religious viewpoint.
- Programs intended for only college students or college faculty.
- 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:

Applications will be reviewed twice a year, with deadlines in August 2018 and January 2019.

The next deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:00 PM. This deadline is for programs that start after March 15, 2019.

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. Drafts can be submitted by email, fax, or mail. For best results and critique from the SC Humanities staff, this preliminary draft should complete as much of the grant application as possible.

A preliminary review of all completed applications will be made by SC Humanities Board Members; a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit for a final review. Further instructions will be given to these applicants.

The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

Applicants will receive an email confirmation when their electronic submission is received. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please call the office.

Recipients 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.

Please ensure that the intended program activities take place no sooner than six weeks following the date of review.

Due to federal regulations implemented on October 1, 2010, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and provide it on the application. The Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number is a unique nine-character number that identifies your organization. It is a tool of the federal government to track how federal money is distributed. Most large organizations, libraries, colleges and research universities already have DUNS numbers. Ask your grant administrator or chief financial officer to provide your organization’s DUNS number. If your organization does not have a registered DUNS number, it is very easy to obtain one. 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 available below.

Contact Information:

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

Completed application should be submitted by email to Theresa (T.J.) Wallace and

phone: 803-771-2477

Mailing address:
PO Box 5287
Columbia, SC 29250

2711 Middleburg Drive
Suite 203
Columbia, SC 29204

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USA: South Carolina