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Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits for
Large-Scale Humanities Programs

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South Carolina Humanities

Deadline Date:

08/12/20 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations for large-scale programs and projects related to the humanities. Funding is intended for public programs that serve citizens in small-town, rural, and urban settings, are accessible by a broad audience, and make possible humanities programs that illuminate and enrich the lives of both audiences and scholars.

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176755

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The average grant period is less than one year.

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.

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. We do 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:

Major grants are reviewed twice yearly, usually in September (deadlines in August) and February (deadlines in January).

Major Grant Application Deadlines
- Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – One electronic copy (including ALL sections and appendices) of the completed application should be submitted by email. This deadline is for programs that start after March 15, 2020.
- Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – One electronic copy (including ALL sections and appendices) of the completed application should be submitted by email. This deadline is for programs that start after November 1, 2020.

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

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.

Grant Proposal 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.

SC Humanities requires a 1:1 match. Match may be divided between cash and in-kind services, as long as the total at least equals the grant award.

Please Note: Due to new federal regulations, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM). Learn more about how to obtain a DUNS number and how to register with SAM in Supporting Documents below.

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

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To contact the office: 803-771-2477.

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