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Themed Requests for Proposals - South Carolina: Food for Thought

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits for
Humanities Projects Related to Food

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Grants between $2,000 and $8,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations for public humanities projects that celebrate and examine the ways food defines the history and culture of the area. Eligible programs should highlight the food culture of the state and engage audiences in discussions about deeper food-related issues.

A wide variety of topics could be covered, including (but not limited to):

  • Food production, agriculture, and farming
  • Hunger
  • Nutrition and obesity
  • Food security and safety
  • Food deserts
  • Food in community life
  • Food in literature
  • South Carolina culinary history

Food is an important and yet also a popular and accessible topic. SC Humanities will look favorably at proposals that use the humanities (history; literature; languages; linguistics; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; anthropology; historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the arts) to think creatively about food in South Carolina and that encourage thoughtful dialogue and interaction among participants.

Priority will be given to proposals that address an important issue for South Carolina; utilize the perspectives of one or more humanities disciplines; and develop proper formats for implementation and distribution. Developing a collaborative base of support locally is also important.

For more information about the mission of South Carolina Humanities and the projects they support, see the SC Food for Thought Guidelines and Application document in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187250

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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. 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. 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:

- 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.
SC Humanities will not set aside specific grant dollars to applicants who submit proposals under the rubric of this request; applicants will be in the normal competitive pool for review.

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

Applicants for “SC: Food for Thought” 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. 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.

Drafts are strongly encouraged and will be accepted any time prior to the deadline listed above. Drafts can be submitted by email, fax, or mail.

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). For more about how to obtain a DUNS number and how to register with SAM, see Supporting Documents below.

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.

For Frequently Asked Questions, see:

Contact Information:

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

Electronic copies of applications should be sent to and

Please contact the Assistant Director, Theresa (T.J.) Wallace, at or 803-771-
2477, if you have questions or for more information.

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