Bridge Emergency Relief Grants

South Carolina Humanities is honored to provide funding to humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

Bridge Emergency Relief Grants are for general operating expenses or humanities programming. Priority will be given to requests for general operating expenses. Click here for information about our regular grant opportunities for humanities programs or events, including digital programs or virtual events.


  • Deadlines are:
    • Monday, May 4, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
    • Monday, May 18, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
    • Additional deadlines may be added depending on availability of funds.


  • Grants are available for humanities and cultural organizations across South Carolina that are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The applicant must be a nonprofit organization or public institution in South Carolina.

  • There are three tiers of funding:
    • Cultural organizations with operating revenues of $300,000 and below, averaged over the previous three years, may request up to $5,000.
    • Cultural organizations with operating revenues between $300,000 and $1,000,000, averaged over the previous three fiscal years, may request up to $10,000.
    • Cultural organizations with operating revenues above $1,000,000, averaged over the previous three years, may request up to $15,000.

  • No match is required. However, a match (in-kind or cash) is welcome and would help SC Humanities’ reporting requirements significantly. All award recipients will be supplied with a form to report any available matching dollars.

  • As required by federal guidelines, the applicant organization must have a DUNS number. Learn more.

  • Funds may NOT be used for the following purposes:
    • projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies)
    • promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
    • advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
    • support of specific public policies or legislation
    • lobbying
    • purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
    • overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding

  • Submission of an application does not guarantee receipt of funds, though it is SC Humanities’ goal to support as many cultural organizations as possible during this crisis. Applications will be evaluated on criteria such as:
    • How compelling is the need? Organizations with larger agency budgets, endowments, or reserve funds should request only what is immediately needed. Smaller, under-resourced, or rural organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Staff retention is a high priority for SC Humanities.
    • Are the humanities core to the organization’s mission?
    • Are all areas of the state receiving funding and not just urban centers?

Submission Process

  • The application should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.
  • Submit your application by email to by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
  • Applicants will receive a decision or a request for more information within 10 business days of the deadline.

Application Form

For questions or assistance with your SC Humanities BRIDGE Emergency Relief Grant application, please contact SC Humanities Assistant Director, T.J. Wallace at