Awarded Grants

SC Humanities funds numerous projects in South Carolina through Major Grants, Mini Grants, Planning Grants, and Fast Track Literary Grants.

Grants awarded in fiscal year 2018 (November 1, 2017 – October 31, 2018) are displayed below. Grants awarded in fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 can be viewed by clicking on the links to the right. For previous records, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.


Major Grants



Mini and Planning Grants

Sponsoring Organization: Ocean Ana Rising, Inc.
Project Title: Annette M. Lane and the Secrets of the Tents
Project Director: Madeleine Hunt
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $7,200
This is a research and oral history project about the United Order of the Tents, the oldest black women’s organization in the country. Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are the states with the most active chapters of the United Order of the Tents, and the Project Director will travel to South Carolina to conduct between 10 – 20 interviews and oral histories with tents members who are 75 years or older. These oral histories will be transcribed, archived and presented at a “works in progress” update at academic and public history institutions in SC (possibly Penn Center), NC, and VA. The research will be used to develop a documentary film with an intended platform of public media broadcast.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation
Project Title: MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here?
Project Director: Jannie Harriot
Awarded: $1,750; cost-share: $4,760
The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation will partner with People to People of Hartsville to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on January 14 – 15, 2018. The two-pronged project includes: (1) an oral history collection effort led by Dr. Bobby Donaldson of the University of South Carolina and Dr. Jennifer Heusel of Coker College and (2) a community commemoration program featuring Dr. Donaldson as the keynote speaker on January 15.

Sponsoring Organization: Gibbes Museum of Art
Project Title: Guardians of the Gallery: Interpreting Visible Storage at the Gibbes Museum of Art
Project Director: Zinnia Willits
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $2,000
The Gibbes Museum of Art will launch a new effort to increase understanding of the preservation and conservation of its art collection. The program will include permanent interpretive material and small, rotating exhibits of the Collections Storage Center. A visible storage space was created during the recent renovation of the Gibbes. Proposed exhibits for this program include “The Secret Life of a Painting” (March – May 2018) and “Why Can’t We Touch the Art” (June – September 2018). The museum will also offer monthly guided tours of the Collections Storage Center.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Chautauqua
Project Title: Maya Angelou, I Rise! – a Chautauqua History Alive interactive program through the life and words of Maya Angelou
Project Director: Caroline McIntyre
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $2,000
Greenville Chautauqua will bring the interactive Chautauqua History Alive Program “Maya Angelou, I Rise!” to seven South Carolina schools: Carolina High School, Tangelwood Middle School, Hillcrest Middle School, Legacy Early College Elementary, Legacy Early College Middle, Legacy Early College High, and the Greenville Juvenile Detention Center. The seven schools are considered to have “at-risk populations” where many of the families live below the poverty line. The “Maya Angelou, I Rise!” program will be presented by veteran Chautauqua performer Becky Stone of North Carolina in February 2018 as part of Black History Month. Fifteen hundred students are anticipated to benefit from the program.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division (SCAPOD)
Project Title: Archaeology in the Classroom
Project Director: E. Schofner
Awarded: $1,300; cost-share: $1,415
The South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division requests grant support to present their “Archaeology in the Classroom” programming to 13 public school classrooms in South Carolina, reaching approximately 300 students. The 90-minute programs are designed as a hands-on way to use archaeology as a tool for teaching about the importance of our shared South Carolina cultural heritage.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia SC 63: Our Story Matters
Project Title: Scarred Justice Screening, Public Discussion, and Exhibit
Project Director: Jonathan Johnson
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $2,206
Columbia SC 63 will present a project to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre by screening the film Scarred Justice by filmmaker Judy Richardson at the Nickelodeon Theater followed by a panel discussion with Judy Richardson, Dr. Bobby Donaldson, and others. A pop-up exhibit will be created that will be on display in the lobby of the Nickelodeon and also used for future programming and events around the state. The film screening and panel discussion will take place on February 6, 2018.



Fast Track Literary Grants

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina State Library
Project Title: SC State Library Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest
Project Director: Denise Lyons
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $12,000
The South Carolina State Library will present the second year of the “Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest,” open to South Carolina students in grades 3 – 12.The contest invites students to submit a poem about a person, place, or experience that made a mark on their lives and how this has helped shape their dreams. The contest will open in January 2018 with a deadline for submission of March 15, 2018. The awards ceremony is scheduled for April 21, 2018.

Sponsoring Organization: Spartanburg County Public Libraries
Project Title: Pat Conroy: A Reverence for Teaching
Project Director: Holly Tichenor
Awarded: $125; cost-share: $125
The Cyrill-Westside Branch of the Spartanburg County Public Library System will present a local author showcase called “Let’s Read Local” starting in January 2018. On April 11, 2018, they will present Jonathan Haupt of the Pat Conroy Literary Center speaking about “Pat Conroy: A Reverence for Teaching.” Jonathan will bring one of Pat Conroy’s teachers from Beaufort High School to be a part of the discussion. The event will take place during National Library Week.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Academy of Authors
Project Title: South Carolina Academy of Authors Induction Weekend 2018
Project Director: Jonathan Haupt
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $9,900
The 2018 South Carolina Academy of Authors Induction Weekend will take place in Beaufort on April 27 – 29. The SC Academy of Authors is the state’s literary hall of fame, and they will induct four honorees in 2018: Nathalie Dupree, Mary Alice Monroe, Valerie Sayers, and the late John Blake White. The weekend will include a variety of cultural and educational events, including presentations by each of the living inductees, tours of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the annual induction ceremony and dinner. Many of the events are free and open to the public.

Sponsoring Organization: Anderson County Library
Project Title: Books & Community: Spotlight on Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Project Director: Sara Leady
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $4,800
The Anderson County Library requests Fast Track Literary Grant funds to support their community read in February 2018 using the National Book Award-winning title Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. They are planning on multiple discussions for teens and adults at library locations and high schools, panel discussions with community leaders, a South Carolina Civil Rights history program, and discussion of representation in comics.


For more information about the Grants Program or any of SC Humanities’ funded projects, please contact Theresa (T.J.) Wallace, the Assistant Director, at 803-771-2477.