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."

Cecil Williams

We are here to help

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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I applied for a grant through South Carolina Humanities and it just laid the building blocks for everything I was able to do moving forward.
Adrienne Burris

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Awarded Grants

The South Carolina Humanities grants program reaches every corner of the Palmetto State. View a list of projects supported by SC Humanities since 2007. 

Any non-profit, governmental, or educational organization may apply for funding through SC Humanities. Previous applicants have included local libraries, museums, schools, churches, civic groups, and historical and arts councils.
SC Humanities does not fund costs for administration. However, program costs (telephone, mail, promotion, etc.) are allowable.
You must use our application format. Generic proposal formats or applications for other organizations will not be accepted.
Complete the appropriate application and submit it to SC Humanities staff. Organizations are encouraged to consider submitting drafts for staff review prior to final submission.
Yes. SC Humanities requires a 1:1 match. Match may be divided between cash and in-kind services, as long as the total at least equals the grant award.
If it is donated, it can count as “in-kind services”. Examples would include: volunteer time, project administration, or donations of good or services.
Yes. SC Humanities does not prohibit previous recipients from applying for additional funding. However, repetitive projects are discouraged. Applications from the same sponsor for programs of similar content, staff, format, and audience will not normally be funded more than twice.

Theresa J. Wallace (T.J.)

Assistant Director

For more information about the South Carolina Humanities grants program, contact T.J. Wallace at or 803-771-2477.