Awarded Grants

SC Humanities funds numerous projects in South Carolina through Major Grants, Mini Grants, Planning Grants, and Fast Track Literary Grants.

Grants awarded in fiscal year 2020 (November 1, 2019 – October 31, 2020) are displayed below. Grants awarded in fiscal years 2007 – 2019 can be viewed by clicking on the links on this page. For previous records, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.

Major Grants

Mini and Planning Grants

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina Aiken
Project Title: Mapping Current Israeli Politics, an Expert’s View
Project Director: Mark Hollingsworth
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
The University of South Carolina Aiken will present a public lecture and a student forum on March 26, 2020 featuring speaker, Shaul Arieli. Arieli will speak about “Mapping Current Israeli Politics: An Expert’s View.” Arieli is a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya, the Hebrew University and the Academic College of Jaffa; he is an expert in Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sponsoring Organization: Cecil Williams Museum and Institute for Social Innovation
Project Title: The South Carolina Events That Changed America
Project Director: Cecil J. Williams
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
The Cecil Williams Museum and Institute for Social Innovation will create a new major exhibit titled “The South Carolina Events that Changed America,” which will use historical photographs to contextualize the broader US Civil Rights Movement in terms of antecedent activities which took place in South Carolina. The Cecil Williams Museum will eventually showcase 8 major exhibit areas consisting of 500 photographs and 200 artifacts, including areas on “From Orangeburg to Montgomery,” “NAACP and the Elloree Teachers,” “A Commemoration Gallery” honoring students from SC State University who protested on campus, and “The Charleston Hospital Workers’ Strike.” The exhibit will also include a “Wall of Commitment” interactive component where all visitors can sign their names indicating commitment to social justice and innovation. The exhibit is expected to open in February 2020.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: Eyes on the Prize: 2020 Vision African American History Month at USCB
Project Director: Najmah Thomas
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $4,000
The University of South Carolina Beaufort will present a variety of programming during African American History Month in February 2020. The effort, titled “Eyes on the Prize: 2020 Vision,” will include guest lectures, movie screenings, a gospel music showcase, and student panel discussions. They anticipate that 600 students, faculty, staff and local community members will be reached by this project.

Sponsoring Organization: Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
Project Title: Sea Island Gullah Heritage Exhibit
Project Director: Gretchen Smith
Awarded: $1,538; Cost-share: $6,360.20
The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society is planning a new permanent exhibit at the Edisto Island Museum titled “Sea Island Gullah Heritage.” They are in the first phase of planning and are requesting planning grant funds to convene a group of scholars to plan the scope of the exhibit, including how it will be designed for all people, what the exhibit will look like and what elements it will include, how it can be a tool to engage local school children, and whether it should be one part of a larger programming effort about Gullah culture. The projected outcome of the planning grant is to have a written plan with details about how to proceed with the design and creation of the “Sea Island Gullah Heritage” exhibit. The second phase of the project will be to actually fabricate the exhibit.


Fast Track Literary Grants 

For more information about the Grants Program or any of SC Humanities’ funded projects, please contact Theresa (T.J.) Wallace, the Assistant Director, at 803-771-2477.