Deadline approaching for South Dakota CARES Act Grants

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Organizations that are struggling to maintain operations due to the coronavirus pandemic can still receive aid from the South Dakota Humanities CARES Act Grant.

The deadline for the grant which provides unrestricted operating support, humanities program support or both to operations that qualify, is June 30.

Each organization impacted by COVID-19 could receive up to $10,000 that will be allocated towards essential functions and to retain core personnel. The grants are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities or (NEH) as apart of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Organizations will receive awards that are determined by financial need as well as operating budget. A match is not required. The general criteria stipulates that organizations maintain a primary business address in South Dakota and have a 501(c)(3) status and a DUNS number (active SAMS registration not required).

What types of organizations are eligible for a COVID-19 Emergency Support Grant?

  • Non-profit cultural organizations
  • Public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Non-profit organizations that have a core mission to provide humanities programs open to the South Dakota public

Who is not eligible for a COVID-19 Emergency Support Grant?

  • International and for-profit entities
  • Government agencies or institutions
  • Non-profit charitable organizations designated as private foundations by the IRS
  • Religious or primarily faith-based programs or organizations receiving 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

CARES Act General Operation Support Grants support South Dakota based humanities and cultural organizations with an annual budget of $500,000 or less. Other humanities and cultural organizations with a budget that exceeds $500,000 are encouraged to apply to NEH directly for funding from the CARES Act.

Organizations that meet the requirements can apply here by June 30, 2020. An email will be sent that notifies the organizations of the potential aid that is received after a panel reviews applications and grants based on available funds.

If you have questions, you can visit the South Dakota Humanities Council website here. Questions can be emailed to where you can also schedule a phone call.

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