SC Humanities Growth Grants

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South Carolina Humanities is honored to provide funding to humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Funding for the SC Humanities Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Federal and State Partnership Division as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 will be awarded to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. SC Humanities Growth Grants will provide operating support, strategic planning support, or humanities program support to nonprofit organizations or public institutions in South Carolina that have a humanities-based mission.

SC Humanities Growth Grants will have the following deadlines:

Thursday, July 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
Monday, August 16, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Please download the grant application form to read the full guidelines, including information about the purposes for which funding can and cannot be used, review timeline, and evaluation criteria.

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Dr. Randy Akers, Executive Director of SC Humanities, said: “Libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities.  They provide jobs for qualified individuals, educational resources and other learning opportunities that enhance the quality of life in our state.  Cultural events and programs build community cohesion and pride.  They play a vital part in our local economies and often are a significant part our state’s tourism industry. As South Carolina recovers from the pandemic, cultural organizations need funds to stabilize their operations, reengage their audiences, plan new programs, and refill jobs in the cultural sector. SC Humanities is honored to be a conduit of ARP Act funds to build the cultural future of our state.”

For support in navigating this new grant opportunity, please contact Assistant Director T.J. Wallace by email at or 803-771-2477.

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 350,000 citizens annually.