Major Grant Applications Accepted through Oct. 15

SDHC Encourages Proposals for Inspirational Humanities Projects

From hosting acclaimed authors and facilitating intriguing conversations to researching historical topics, the South Dakota Humanities Council's major grant recipients represent a variety of entertaining, educational and inspirational humanities projects.

The South Dakota Humanities Council encourages applicants to apply for these grant opportunities, which are awarded in the spring and the fall of every year. The deadline for the next major grant cycle is Oct. 15, 2021. Potential applicants should review the 2022 Grant Guidelines before proceeding to the application at http://sdhumanities.org/grants.

What are Major Grants?

Major Grant programs for up to $10,000 can come in a variety of formats – workshops, presentations, reading/discussion events, exhibits, media projects, and more. Projects should be free, open to the public, and attract a diverse audience. All applications must include a public forum discussion event.

Major grants allow non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in South Dakota to fill educational and cultural gaps and support communities' self-identified needs and programs fitting three categories: discussion, media, and research.   

In addition, SDHC also offers smaller grants ($2,000 and under) that are accepted on a rolling deadline and awarded as funding allows.

Because the South Dakota Humanities Council believes that public health and safety are top priorities, we are currently recommending that if applicants are planning an in-person gathering, they should reserve the option to switch to a virtual platform if it becomes necessary.  We continue to follow CDC guidelines, updating the options for in-person gatherings considering their recommendations. Please visit sdhumanities.org/grants to stay apprised of current CDC recommendations.

Grants are competitive. All projects must advance the mission of the South Dakota Humanities Council and promote the humanities in American public life. The grants explore various humanities disciplines. So, what are the criteria for discussion, media and research grants, and what kinds of projects have been awarded?

What are Major Grants?

Major Grant programs for up to $10,000 can come in a variety of formats – workshops, presentations, reading/discussion events, exhibits, media projects, and more. Projects should be free, open to the public, and attract a diverse audience. All applications must include a public discussion event that will engage the general public with a scholar or scholars in dialogue about the humanities.

Major grants allow non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in South Dakota to fill educational and cultural gaps and support communities' self-identified needs and programs fitting three categories: discussion, media, and research.

In addition, SDHC also offers smaller grants ($2,000 and under) that are accepted on a rolling deadline and awarded as funding allows.

Because the South Dakota Humanities Council believes that public health and safety are top priorities, we are currently recommending that if applicants are planning an in-person gathering, they should also have a contingent option to switch to a virtual platform if it becomes necessary. We continue to follow CDC guidelines, updating the options for in-person gatherings considering their recommendations. Please visit sdhumanities.org/grants to stay apprised of current CDC recommendations.

Grants are competitive. All projects must advance the mission of the South Dakota Humanities Council and promote the humanities in American public life. The grants explore various humanities disciplines. So, what are the criteria for discussion, media and research grants, and what kinds of projects have been awarded?

Media

These projects offer an opportunity to engage the public with a scholar or scholars during one or more public events related to the creation of a media project. They would include such elements as humanities-related documentary films, radio, and television productions, exhibits, website and social media projects, mobile web applications, and publications such as books or e-books. If a media program is approved, the grantee will be required to sign a contract covering copyright, distribution, credits and disclaimers.

Discussion

These programs include opportunities to engage the general public with a scholar or scholars during one or more public events such as conferences, festivals, lectures and invited speaker presentations.

Research

A research grant supports work to encourage scholarly research in the humanities, especially topics relevant to South Dakota culture and heritage. Applicants must include a plan for a minimum of one public presentation of the research by the scholar.

Learn More

The South Dakota Humanities Council awards approximately $85,000 in grants annually. SDHC's mission is to celebrate literature, promote civil conversation, and tell the stories that define our state. Major grant programs — and other SDHC programs — help people learn new information, consider different perspectives, and share ideas to understand one another better.

Please visit http://www.sdhumanities.org/grants for more information. With questions, email melinda@sdhumanities.org or call the SDHC office at (605) 688-6113.