Grants

Grants for Humanities in South Dakota

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.

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Special Summer 2021 Grant Opportunity!

The South Dakota Humanities Council invites you to apply for a unique Summer 2021 competitive major grant opportunity.  We have approximately $70,000 to award this summer for major program grants up to $10,000All applications must include a public discussion event.

Because SDHC believes that public health and safety are top priorities, we are currently recommending that programs reserve the option to use a virtual platform for meeting together as opposed to in-person gatherings.  We continue to follow CDC guidelines, updating the options for in-person gatherings considering their recommendations.

The deadline to apply for this special grant opportunity is midnight May 23, 2021, for program events that will take place between July 1, 2021 – October 15, 2021, with all final documents submitted and approved by October 28, 2021. 

Because this opportunity is unique for Summer 2021, and award limits have been increased, see the Special Summer 2021 Grant Guidelines and our updated General Grant Requirements.

Take advantage of our Grant Application Planning Tool and streamline the application process!

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The following instructions apply to our regular, ongoing competitive grant opportunities.  Before applying for these grant opportunities, review the regular 2021 Grant Guidelines, our updated General Grant Requirements, and deadlines below.

Major and Mini Grants

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). Mini grants are funded up to $1,000.

Discussion

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.

Research

A Major Grant supports work to encourage scholarly research in the humanities, especially topics relevant to South Dakota culture and heritage. Applicants must include at least one public presentation of the research. Requests cannot exceed $2,500.

Deadlines

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

Application Prompts

The following information is required on all applications: 

NOTE: Although not required, recipients are also encouraged to maintain active System for Award Management (SAM) registration.

As a courtesy, we have included a Grant Application Planning Tool for your use. Click below to access the editable Word document. Since you will not be able to save progress and return to the grant application once started, you can use this document to fine-tune your responses, then copy and paste into the grant application before submission.

 
 


Examples of Approved Grants

Want to see examples of recently approved major grants? Click the links below.