How To Apply

SC Humanities offers mini, planning, major, and council program grant opportunities to statewide nonprofit organizations.

Types of Grants

Major Grants
Request for Proposals: Hometown Humanities
Mini Grants
Planning Grants
Fast Track Literary Grants
Apply To Host A Smithsonian Exhibit – Crossroads: Change in Rural America
Council Program Grants

Major Grants

Major grants are reviewed twice yearly, usually in September (deadlines in August) and February (deadlines in January). Major Grants are for public humanities programs that are large in scale. Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.

The Major Grant application and guidelines are available for download in Word format, below. Please read through these materials carefully.

Major Grant Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadline

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – One electronic** copy (including ALL sections and appendices) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org. **The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

**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 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.

How to obtain a DUNS number

Themed Request for Proposals: Hometown Humanities

SC Humanities is offering a new themed request for proposals on the topic of “Hometown Humanities” that encourages partnership and cultural exploration at the local level.

Hometown Humanities applications will be reviewed twice yearly, along with Major Grants, usually in September (deadlines in August) and February (deadlines in January). Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.

The Hometown Humanities description and application/guidelines are available for download, below. Please read through these materials carefully.

Hometown Humanities description | PDF document

Hometown Humanities Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadline

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – One electronic** copy (including ALL sections and appendices) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org. **The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

**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 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.

How to obtain a DUNS number


Mini Grants

Mini Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. Mini Grants are to support public humanities programs of modest cost. Awards are $2,000 or less.

Grant applications and guidelines are available for download below in Word format. Please read through these materials carefully.

Mini & Planning Grant Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadlines:

Mini Grant applications are accepted monthly on the first business day of the month for programs starting after the 15th of the following month. One electronic** copy (including ALL sections, I-IV) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org. **The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new 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.

How to obtain a DUNS number


Planning Grants

Planning Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. Planning Grants are awarded to support preliminary work in designing a project that warrants detailed planning because of its length, scope, or cost. Awards are $2,000 or less.

Grant applications and guidelines are available for download below in Word format. Please read through these materials carefully.

Mini & Planning Grant Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadlines:

Planning Grant applications are accepted monthly on the first business day of the month for programs starting after the 15th of the following month. One electronic** copy (including ALL sections, I-IV) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org. **The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new 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.

How to obtain a DUNS number


Fast Track Literary Grants

Fast Track Literary Grants are intended to support new or existing public literary programs such as (but not limited to) writers series, festivals, conferences, workshops, or writer’s residencies at schools. Awards are $3,000 or less.

The grant application is available for download below.

Fast Track Literary Grant Application Form | pdf document

Deadlines

For the FY2017 Fiscal Year, applications will be accepted quarterly on the following deadlines:

Monday, November 14, 2016
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017

Submissions are accepted by email until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline. Email tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org.

SCAC_2c_logoThe Fast Track Literary Grant also receives support from the South Carolina Arts Commission. The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new 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.

How to obtain a DUNS number


Special RFP Opportunity: Host a Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit


SC Humanities is pleased to announce a special South Carolina tour of Crossroads: Change in Rural America, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Developed as part of the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program, this exhibit is designed especially for small cultural organizations and rural audiences that lack regular access to traveling exhibitions due to space and cost limitations.

The exhibit will tour six South Carolina communities from September 2018 – June 2019. Eligible host sites include small museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural centers and other community venues in towns of fewer than 20,000 residents. Applications are due by September 1, 2017. Host sites receive free exhibit rental, a grant to support local community programming, opportunities for professional development, and more.

The application is available for download below.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America application | pdf document

Deadline: September 1, 2017
One original and four copies must be submitted to the office. The deadline is a firm, not a post-marked, deadline.

 

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

How to obtain a DUNS number


Council Program Grants

Let’s Talk About It: Reading and Discussion Program and Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud grants use simplified forms. Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed within two weeks by SC Humanities staff. Read more about these two special program opportunities by following the links above.

Let's Talk About It!           Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud


Contact:

For more information about grants, please contact:

T.J. Wallace, Assistant Director, 803-771-2477.