SC Humanities Announces New Themed Grant Opportunity

In honor of its upcoming 50th Anniversary (2022 – 2023), South Carolina Humanities has launched a new statewide Request for Proposals (RFP) titled “SCH@50: Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future.” Applications could address this theme from a variety of angles, including by exploring aspects of South Carolina’s history, considering how the state has changed over the last 50 years, looking at how we can approach future challenges, or a combination of these.

SC Humanities has periodically issued themed Requests for Proposals over the years, including “Religion in South Carolina,” “This is Not Your Grandparents’ South Carolina: The Changing Face of the Palmetto State,” “Know Your History, Community, Family,” “The Common Good,” “Hometown Humanities,” and most recently “SC: Food for Thought” in 2020.

For “SCH@50: Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future SC Humanities,” SC Humanities will look favorably at proposals that use the humanities (history; literature; languages; linguistics; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; anthropology; historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the arts) to think creatively about life in South Carolina, from its sometimes difficult past to its current and future opportunities, and that encourage thoughtful dialogue and interaction among participants.

Dr. Randy Akers, Executive Director of SC Humanities for 34 years, said, “A 50th anniversary is a milestone, whether it signifies a career, a marriage, or an organization.  A lot of hard work, determination, bumps, bruises and setbacks are part of the journey. It is a time for looking back at the people who laid the foundation, the vision at the time, and the events that helped determine who we are at 50.  Importantly, there is also the opportunity to engage new visions of what we can become. Technology and COVID-19 have changed South Carolina forever. What do our families, communities, institutions look like in the future? We remember our past but must reimagine our future to survive. SC Humanities hope organizations will create programs that remind us of not only what South Carolina life was like, but what it can become.”

Applications responding to “SCH@50: Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future” will be accepted during the next Major Grant deadlines on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Awards will be in the $2,000 to $10,000 range.

The full RFP, grant guidelines, and application for  “SCH@50: Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future” are available on SC Humanities website at Contact T.J. Wallace, Assistant Director, for more information, or 803-771-2477.