CARES Grants


Documents Needed for Application

Please download and fill out these documents to attach to your application.

Funding for these 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.

CARES Act Emergency Operating Grants

The South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Act Grant provides unrestricted operating and/or humanities program support to cultural organizations who have suffered program financial losses due to COVID-19 in the state of South Dakota. These grants are meant to provide small but immediate grants to humanities-based cultural organizations to help stabilize organizations by providing funds for them to maintain essential functions and retain core personnel during the current public health crisis and ensure their future success.

We anticipate the demand for COVID-19 Emergency Support Grants for cultural organizations will exceed the funds we have available. Therefore, the amount funded will be based on the organization's operating revenues, the panelists' assessment of the application, and the funds available for the program. If an organization is not awarded funding, we will retain their application for consideration should additional funding become available.

Who is eligible?

To apply for a COVID-19 Emergency Support Grant for non-profit cultural organizations, you must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. organizations with 501(c)(3) status
  • Public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • A core mission to provide humanities programs open to the South Dakota public
  • Maintain a primary business address in South Dakota
  • Have a DUNS number. While not required when applying, funds cannot be allocated without this registration. An active SAMS registration is not required for this grant.

This includes but is not limited to these categories:

  • Public libraries and archives
  • Historical societies and heritage groups
  • Museums with a humanities focus
  • Historical homes and cultural sites

Who is not eligible?

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for a COVID-19 Emergency Support Grant:

  • International and for-profit entities
  • Government agencies or institutions
  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are designated as private foundations by the IRS
  • Religious or primarily faith-based programs or organizations that receive a significant portion of their funding from a religious organization
  • Public, private, or parochial K-12 schools
  • Individuals
  • Groups that do not provide strong humanities programs, including arts organizations whose primary mission is the creation, performance, or display of art

QUESTIONS?

Please send all inquiries to SDHCCARES@sdhumanities.org. We will respond by email or call you upon request.


Additional Information


Funding Levels

CARES Act General Operating Support Grants are for the general operating support of South Dakota based humanities and cultural organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or less. Humanities and cultural organizations with annual budgets greater than $500,000 are encouraged to apply to NEH directly for CARES Act funding. 

What size grant can my organization apply for through South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Act General Operating Support Grants Program?

CARES Act General Operating Support Grants will fund requests up to $10,000. Awards will be determined, in part, by the applicant's financial need and annual operating budget. A match is not required.

The Council cannot award funding for project costs that overlap with any other pending or approved applications for federal funding. For example, if you are applying for funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts to a specific expenditure, funds from this grant cannot be allocated for the same expenditure. It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to track expenditures separately.

When will applicant organizations receive notice of an award?

South Dakota Humanities Council will begin making grant awards on or about Friday, May 15th. Requests will be reviewed internally on a rolling basis and the fund will remain active until all monies have been committed. After an application has been received, an applicant can expect a decision within approximately fifteen business days. All South Dakota Humanities Council Cares Act funds must be awarded by October 31, 2020.  

What's the deadline to apply? 

Applications must be completed online beginning May 1, 2020 and no later than June 30, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel and will be awarded based on available funds. Applicants will be notified via email of the application award status.

Applications that are not initially funded will remain under consideration for the duration of the grant period. South Dakota Humanities Council staff will inform applicants of the decision to either approve or hold their applications for further consideration. There will be no need to reapply. 

How do I apply?

Complete the online application by the deadline date, June 30, 2020. The application is at the bottom of this page.

If I receive a grant, what are my responsibilities?

  • Sign a grant award letter
  • Acknowledge South Dakota Humanities Council and NEH in all public communications.
  • Submit a final report by September 1, 2020 

If I have questions, who can help me?

Please send all inquiries to SDHCCARES@sdhumanities.org. We will respond by email or call you upon request.


 

SDHC Cares Act Impact So Far

Cares Awardees

SDHC has awarded $64,710 to five organizations in four different counties. See on the adjacent map.

  • Timberlake & Area Historical Society, Timber Lake - $6,500

  • South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Hill City - $10,000

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society, De Smet - $10,000

  • Yankton County Historical Society, Yankton - $9,710

  • Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, Yankton - $6,000  

  • Midland Pioneer Museum Association, Midland - $2,500
  • High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish - $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Moody County, Flandreau - $10,000

 

 

 

South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City is an SDHC CARES Grant recipient. 


8 - CARES Grant Awards  

7 - Counties funded

$64,710 - funding provided for operating support