South Carolina Humanities

inspiring. engaging. enriching.

The humanities are how we understand ourselves and our world and how we communicate that understanding to others. South Carolina Humanities is one of 54 state and jurisdictional humanities councils that receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. SC Humanities funds, promotes, counsels, and coordinates all manner of thoughtful (and thought-provoking) endeavors—exhibits, documentaries, discussion forums, research, planning, workshops, dramatizations, lectures, and on and on—that pertain to the humanities.

Get Involved

We are a small organization, but we accomplish big things with our partners throughout South Carolina.

We help to build communities and move South Carolina forward as a state. SC Humanities reaches many rural areas, increasing the cultural capacity of local institutions and providing local economic impact.

Won’t you join us in this endeavor?

for a Grant

There are several categories of grants available to nonprofits, including major grants, mini & planning grants, and fast-track literary grants.

a Speaker

Request one of South Carolina’s finest scholars to share their knowledge and to spark discussions about human values, traditions, and cultures.

Explore Resources

SC Humanities has supported a variety of projects that include digital content for all ages. Check them out!


Your support matters. Commit to a monthly gift or support a program that you are passionate about.

an Event

Attend an exhibition or lecture, sign-up for a workshop, and more.

Celebrate the Humanities

The annual Governor's Awards in the Humanities Luncheon celebrates excellence in the humanities.

Featured News

Free Teacher Development Workshops for National History Day

Free Teacher Development Workshops for National History Day

National History Day, Coastal Carolina University, and South Carolina Humanities will offer two free Teacher Development Workshops to explore high-impact,…
SC Humanities is Hiring!

SC Humanities is Hiring!

SC Humanities seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to lead our fundraising efforts and cultivate meaningful partnerships across…
Smithsonian Exhibit "Spark: Places of Innovation" Opens in Walterboro

Smithsonian Exhibit "Spark: Places of Innovation" Opens in Walterboro

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit Spark! Places of Innovation will have its grand opening in South Carolina at the Colleton Museum & Farmers…
2024 South Carolina History Day

2024 South Carolina History Day

The 2024 South Carolina History Day competition was held Saturday, April 27 in Sumter. Fifty-three students will advance to the…
SC Humanities Announces its 2024 Student Scholarship Recipients

SC Humanities Announces its 2024 Student Scholarship Recipients

In 2024, South Carolina Humanities awarded scholarships to two graduate students who are enrolled in advanced degree programs in the humanities.…
Now Accepting Board of Directors Nominations

Now Accepting Board of Directors Nominations

South Carolina Humanities is accepting nominations to become a member of our Board of Directors. New members will begin three-year terms in…

News Stories

Word on the Street

At this time few things are more important than the exploration, discussion and reflection encouraged and facilitated by South Carolina Humanities – the state’s primary vehicle for advancing shared cultural experiences and consideration of ideas. South Carolina Humanities energizes communities, libraries, schools, museums and higher education institutions reaching across the state to help make us all more understanding and, yes, more humane.
Sig Huitt
Former Board Member
Through the 2016 SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort, people and groups gently stepped out from their silos and worked together to make our hometown an even better place… Historical and cultural organizations and artists of all kinds, from north and south of the Broad River, came together to present the SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort County. The theme was: ‘Inspire, Engage, and Enrich.’ We all came together seamlessly to give something very special!
Billy Keyserling
Mayor of Beaufort
Fiscal Year 2020

By the Numbers

Grant Money Awarded
$ 1 K
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