How To Apply

SC Humanities offers mini, planning, major, and council program grant opportunities to statewide nonprofit organizations.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN UPDATE

NOTE: SC Humanities receives funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities for our grant programs. Due to the federal government’s shutdown, we do not have access to the funds we receive for the grants awarded through these programs. As a result, we need to take the following steps:

  • SC Humanities will review major grant applications (due Jan. 16) as well as mini grant applications (due Feb. 1) as usual. However, we may need to delay award of funds until the NEH is open again.
  • SC Humanities will place a temporary hold on the funds for mini grants awarded in January.

 

SC Humanities is still accepting grant applications through the usual submission process. Funds will be released as soon as possible after the federal government reopens. Questions? Contact T.J. Wallace at tjwallace@schumanities.org.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As of November 2018, the National Endowment for the Humanities is requiring that all of SC Humanities’ sub-grantees be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM): https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.

Your organization may already have a registration with SAM, especially if your organization receives federal funds. You can check if your organization is registered with SAM here: https://www.sam.gov/SAM/pages/public/samStatusTracker.jsf.

If your organization is not currently registered with SAM, your organization will need to have an active account before SC Humanities can release any awarded grant funds. (Organizations can apply for funds while they are still in the process of creating their account. Any awarded grant funds will not be released until the account is active.)

Some tips about registering with SAM:

If you have not yet started your registration, please create an individual user account and log into SAM to register your entity. To register in SAM, at a minimum, you will need the following information:

U.S. REGISTRANTS

  1. Your DUNS Number, Legal Business Name, and Physical Address from your Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) record. If you don’t already have one, you can request a DUNS Number for FREE from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).
  2. Your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Taxpayer Name associated with your TIN. Review your tax documents from the IRS (such as a 1099 or W-2 form) to find your Taxpayer Name.
  3. Your bank’s routing number, your bank account number, and your bank account type, i.e. checking or savings, to set up Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
  4. Notarized Letter – when you register a new entity in SAM to do business with the U.S. government, SAM requires a notarized letter stating you are the authorized entity administrator before SAM will activate your entity registration in SAM.gov.
  5. Designated EBiz POC – The E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) must register your organization with SAM. The EBiz POC is also responsible for approving your Grants.gov roles request.

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Major Grants

Major grants are reviewed twice yearly, usually in September (deadlines in August) and February (deadlines in January). Major Grants are for public humanities programs that are large in scale. Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.

The Major Grant application and guidelines are available for download in Word format, below. Please read through these materials carefully.

Major Grant Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadline

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – One electronic** copy (including ALL sections and appendices) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org.

This deadline is for programs that start after March 15, 2019.

**The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

**Drafts are strongly encouraged and will be accepted any time prior to the deadline listed above. Drafts can be submitted by email, fax, or mail.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new federal regulations, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM).

How to obtain a DUNS number

How to register with SAM

Themed Request for Proposals: Democracy and the Informed Citizen

South Carolina Humanities is pleased to announce programming grants on the general subject of Democracy and the Informed Citizen for fiscal year 2018-2019.  A total of $15,000 in grants is earmarked for this purpose.

SC Humanities invites projects that examine what it means to be an informed citizen in a democratic society.  This grant opportunity is open to community organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges and universities.  All types of programming on this general subject are welcome.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen applications will be reviewed twice, along with Major Grants, with deadlines in August 2018 and January 2019. Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.

The Democracy and the Informed Citizen description and application/guidelines are available for download, below. Please read through these materials carefully.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen Description| PDF document

Democracy and the Informed Citizen Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadline

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – One electronic** copy (including ALL sections and appendices) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org.

This deadline is for programs that start after March 15, 2019.

**The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

**Drafts are strongly encouraged and will be accepted any time prior to the deadline listed above. Drafts can be submitted by email, fax, or mail.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new federal regulations, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM).

How to obtain a DUNS number

How to register with SAM

Themed Request for Proposals: Hometown Humanities

SC Humanities is offering a new themed request for proposals on the topic of “Hometown Humanities” that encourages partnership and cultural exploration at the local level.

Hometown Humanities applications will be reviewed twice yearly, along with Major Grants, usually in September (deadlines in August) and February (deadlines in January). Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.

The Hometown Humanities description and application/guidelines are available for download, below. Please read through these materials carefully.

Hometown Humanities description | PDF document

Hometown Humanities Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadline

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – One electronic** copy (including ALL sections and appendices) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org.

This deadline is for programs that start after March 15, 2019.

**The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

**Drafts are strongly encouraged and will be accepted any time prior to the deadline listed above. Drafts can be submitted by email, fax, or mail.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new federal regulations, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM).

How to obtain a DUNS number

How to register with SAM

Mini Grants

Mini Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. Mini Grants are to support public humanities programs of modest cost. Awards are $2,000 or less.

Grant applications and guidelines are available for download below in Word format. Please read through these materials carefully.

Mini & Planning Grant Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadlines:

Mini Grant applications are accepted monthly on the first business day of the month for programs starting after the 15th of the following month. One electronic** copy (including ALL sections, I-IV) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org. **The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new federal regulations, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM).

How to obtain a DUNS number

How to register with SAM

Planning Grants

Planning Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. Planning Grants are awarded to support preliminary work in designing a project that warrants detailed planning because of its length, scope, or cost. Awards are $2,000 or less.

Grant applications and guidelines are available for download below in Word format. Please read through these materials carefully.

Mini & Planning Grant Application & Guidelines | Word® Document

Deadlines:

Planning Grant applications are accepted monthly on the first business day of the month for programs starting after the 15th of the following month. One electronic** copy (including ALL sections, I-IV) of the completed application should be submitted by email to tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org. **The required electronic submission is subject to reasonable exception. If you cannot provide an electronic application, please contact the office at 803-771-2477 for instructions on submitting a hard copy application.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new federal regulations, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM).

How to obtain a DUNS number

How to register with SAM

Fast Track Literary Grants

Fast Track Literary Grants are intended to support new or existing public literary programs such as (but not limited to) writers series, festivals, conferences, workshops, or writer’s residencies at schools. Awards are $3,000 or less.

The grant application is available for download below.

Fast Track Literary Grant Application Form | Word document

Deadlines

For the FY2019 Fiscal Year, applications will be accepted quarterly on the following deadlines:

Monday, December 3, 2018 (for programs that start after January 15, 2019)
Monday, March 4, 2019 (for programs that start after April 16, 2019)
Monday, June 3, 2019 (for programs that start after July 16, 2019)
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (for programs that start after October 17, 2019)

Submissions are accepted by email until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline. Email tjwallace@schumanities.org and info@schumanities.org.

SCAC_2c_logoThe Fast Track Literary Grant also receives support from the South Carolina Arts Commission. The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to new federal regulations, SC Humanities now requires that all grant applicants have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM).

How to obtain a DUNS number

How to register with SAM

Council Program Grants

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 by SC Humanities staff. Read more about these two special program opportunities by following the links above.

Contact

For more information about grants, please contact T.J. Wallace, Assistant Director, 803-771-2477