The grants program has always been the foundation of our public support of the humanities. We have funded a variety of projects, from major documentaries broadcast on national public television to small-scale genealogies and oral histories at the local level. South Carolina Humanities awarded its first grant in the spring of 1973 and recently has awarded approximately $200,000 a year in grant monies.
Awards $5,000 to $15,000
Major Grants are for public humanities programs that are large in scale.
Awards $5,000 or less
Mini Grants are to support public humanities programs of modest cost.
Awards $5,000 or less
Planning Grants are awarded to support preliminary work in designing a project.
Fast Track Literary Grants
Awards $3,000 or less
Fast Track Literary Grants are intended to support new or existing public literary programs such as (but not limited to) writers series, festivals, workshops, or writer’s residencies at schools.
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.
SC Humanities will offer an annual scholarship for one undergraduate and one graduate student who have declared a major or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in the humanities.
"For a long time, we have never had a civil rights museum. It was with the great assistance of this agency to really help a young museum like ours move a step forward."
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South Carolina Humanities makes connections and offers technical assistance to prospective grantees every day. We frequently provide advice, referrals and mentoring (at no charge). The goal of the grants program is to build communities, increase the cultural capacity of local institutions and provide local economic impact.
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The South Carolina Humanities grants program reaches every corner of the Palmetto State. View a list of projects supported by SC Humanities since 2007.