SC Humanities Offers Emergency Relief Grants for Cultural Organizations

SC Humanities is honored to provide funding to humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

SC Humanities Bridge Emergency Relief Grants will provide operating support or humanities program support to nonprofit organizations or public institutions in South Carolina that have a humanities focus.

The application form is intended to be simple and should not take more than thirty minutes to complete. The first deadline for the SC Humanities BRIDGE Emergency Relief Grants will be Monday, May 4.

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

SC Humanities Bridge Emergency Relief Grants Guidelines and Application

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. Many groups are struggling to survive.  We are honored to be a conduit of CARES 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 The SC Humanities office is currently closed, and email is the best way to reach staff.

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 21-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.