Major Grant Award Amount Raised to $10,000

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that the maximum award for Major Grants will be raised to $10,000, effective starting with the August 12, 2020 deadline. Previously, the maximum award was $8,000. The SC Humanities Board of Directors voted to raise the amount of the award in June 2020.

Major Grants are for public humanities programs that are large in scale. Some examples include exhibits, conferences, festivals, lecture series, documentaries, or virtual programming founded in one of the humanities disciplines. For a list of recently funded Major Grant projects, visit the Awarded Grants page.

The Board made the decision to raise the maximum award for Major Grants to respond to the rising costs of programs and events, particularly as many cultural organizations must reorganize their programming to be available virtually.

Executive Director Randy Akers said, “Over the years, SC Humanities has periodically examined costs in doing public programs and have tried to adjust the grant funding level appropriately. SC Humanities believes Major Grants have an important role in reaching communities throughout the state and are pleased that we still have funds to make these grant awards.”

Major Grants are accepted twice a year, with deadlines in August and January. More information about the Grants Program of SC Humanities can be found on our website on the How to Apply page.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.