NEW Fast Track Literary Grant Now Available

SC Humanities is pleased to announce the launch of a new category of grant available to nonprofit organizations and public institutions in South Carolina. The Fast Track Literary Grant is 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. The Fast Track Literary Grant applications will be accepted quarterly, and the first deadline is November 16, 2015 for programs that start after January 1, 2016.

The Fast Track Literary Grant is one of SC Humanities’s new literary initiatives that were announced in July 2015. Additionally, new literary speakers will be added to the Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud program, and a literary track will be added to the annual South Carolina Humanities Festival. The goal of the new literary initiatives is to reach diverse groups of South Carolinians with literary programming all year long, better serving SC Humanities’s mission to “enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians.” Nine Fast Track Literary Grant applications were funded after the November 2015 deadline.

The Fast Track Literary Grant has a streamlined, two-page application form and will consider requests up to $3,000 for the pilot year. The application is available on our website: For more information, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477,

Randy Akers, Executive Director of SC Humanities said, ““I am happy that we will be able to assist existing and new opportunities statewide,  bringing writers and readers together to better understand ourselves and our communities.”

The 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

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 23-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.