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COVID-19 Emergency Support Grant

Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits, Tribes, and IHEs to Support
Humanities Programs and Operations in the Aftermath of COVID-19

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South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to South Dakota nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and IHEs to support the operations of humanities programs. Funding is intended to provide relief to local organizations that have been affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The purpose of this program is 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190458

Estimated Size of Grant:

CARES Act General Operating Support Grants will fund requests up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Recipients may spend grant funds only on Federally allowable expenses occurring within the grant award period from 5/1/2020 to 10/31/2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

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

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.

South Dakota Humanities Council anticipates 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.

All grantees must have a DUNS number in order to be eligible to receive federal funds. While you do not need a DUNS to apply for this grant, you must have one to receive a grant award. For these grants only, NEH is waiving the requirement of SAM registration.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Please send all inquiries to

South Dakota Humanities Council
1215 Trail Ridge Road, Suite A, Brookings SD 57006

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