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Hometown Humanities

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Institutions
to Highlight the Culture or History of Local Communities

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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 or institutions for humanities programs and projects that feature a local community's culture or history. Applicants must partner with one or more educational or cultural organization in the community, such as a library, historical society, museum, or school.

Funding is intended for projects that encompass any humanities discipline, such as history; literature; languages; linguistics; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; anthropology; and historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the arts. Priority will be given to proposals that use strong partnerships to illuminate interesting local history and culture.

The humanities must be central, not tangential, to the project. Programs should be designed to generate dialogue between humanities scholars and the audience and not for the presentation of the art form itself.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184717

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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. This deadline is for programs that start after March 15, 2019. The average grant period is less than one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Funds awarded are federal in origin and are subject to the federal criteria that governs administrative requirements, allowable costs, and audit requirements.

What Grants Do Not Fund
- The funding source does not award grants to individuals. Applications 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. Eligible programs 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 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:

Deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed twice yearly, usually in September (deadlines in August) and February (deadlines in January).

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

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.

Drafts are strongly encouraged and will be accepted any time prior to the deadline listed above. Staff will be happy to work with you on draft ideas related to this request. Drafts can be submitted by email or mail.

A preliminary review of all applications will be made by the Fund's Board Members; a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit for a final review. Further instructions will be given to these applicants.

If your project is awarded 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.

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.

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 toward 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.


Contact Information:

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

Application should be submitted by email to and

Theresa (T.J.) Wallace, Assistant Director

Mail address:
PO Box 5287
Columbia, SC 29250

2711 Middleburg Drive
Suite 203
Columbia, SC 29204

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina