Special Grant Opportunity Open Until August 31!

Non-profit humanities organizations and certain tax-exempt groups are invited to apply for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant opportunity. We have approximately $550,000 to award for requests up to $25,000.

Visit the ARP 2021 Grant page for more information and to apply.

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.

Before applying for an SDHC grant opportunity, review the 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.


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 at least one public presentation of the research. Requests cannot exceed $2,500.


  • $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. Access the editable Word document under "Quick Links" in the upper right portion of this page or simply click the button below. 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.