South Dakota Humanities Council awards grants to non-profit organizations that promote humanities in South Dakota through our community project grants.

Grants are competitive. All projects must advance the mission of the South Dakota Humanities Council and promote the humanities in American public life.

Before applying, review the 2018 grant guidelines. With questions, email or call the SDHC office at (605) 688-6113.

Major Grants

Apply online for a Major Grant.

Major grants allow 501(c)(3) organizations in South Dakota to fill educational and cultural gaps and support communities’ self-identified needs and programs fitting two categories: discussion (up to $7,000) and research projects (up to $2,500).


  • $1,000 and less - rolling deadline, as funding allows
  • More than $1,000 to $7,000 - Feb. 28 and Oct. 15, annually

Read the grant guidelines.


A Major Grant can fund public presentations such as conferences, lectures, presentations, festivals, and symposiums which engage the general public and scholar in a discussion of the humanities. The focus of the program should examine the topic from the view and perspective of the humanities.

Discussion programs can also contain a media element, for example potential projects include documentary films, radio and television productions, exhibits, website and social media projects, mobile web applications and humanities-related books or e-books.

These projects would encourage discussion in the humanities and utilize unique forms of media to advance the humanities. If a media program is approved, a contract covering copyright, distribution, credits, and disclaimers signed by the grantee is required. Discussion requests cannot exceed $7,000.


A Major 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 three public presentations of the research. Requests cannot exceed $2,500.

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