Second round of South Dakota COVID-19 emergency support funding opens

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota Humanity organizations that missed out on the first round of COVID-19 emergency support funding will have another opportunity to receive needed aid to sustain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The South Dakota Humanities Council will now accept applications for aid from July 20 through August 31.

The SDHC received a grant through CARES Act funding that resulted in the attempt to help humanities-based cultural organizations to maintain essential functions and to retain core personnel during the current public health crisis.

To date, the SDHC has awarded $98,068 to help 13 different organizations in 11 counties maintain operations and staffing.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provided funding for these grants, which was apart of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

The grants are distributed by the SDHC, a statewide non-profit whose sole purpose is to provide humanities programming.

Requirements for the grants are:

  • CARES Act General Operating Support Grants will fund requests up to $10,000 for organizations with budgets up to $500,000 and up to $20,000 for organizations with budgets of $500,000 and above.

Who is eligible?

The COVID-19 Emergency Support Grant is for nonprofit cultural organizations, including:

  • U.S. organizations with 501(c)(3) status
  • Public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments

Applicants must also:

  • Have a core mission to provide free and open humanities programs to the South Dakota public
  • Maintain a primary business address in South Dakota
  • Have a DUNS number; the application does not require an active SAMS registration


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 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
  • Organizations who received an SDHC CARES grant during the first round of funding

Grants will be awarded by a panel that examines the organizations operating revenues, and the available pool of money. The SDHC will keep declined requests on file for future consideration if additional funding is available in the future. Once an application is received, a decision will be made in about 15 business days.

All SDHC CARES Act funding must be distributed by Oct. 31, 2020.

Applications can be submitted here.

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