The foundation awards grants to qualifying organizations that have an abiding interest in the history and culture of the South. Grants take many forms, including book subventions, museum and archive support, preservation awards, educational programming and research support. Typical recipients include colleges and universities, scholarly societies, and other public charities that collect or advance knowledge of the foundation's region. The foundation focuses its giving largely within the southeast. The majority of grants awarded support southern studies and related programming at the college level. Academic disciplines and areas of interest also include: history, English, literature, law, agricultural education, and historic preservation. The foundation also provides college scholarships of $3,000 and $5,000 for students from Burke, Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Hart, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes, GA, and Aiken, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenville, McCormick, and Spartanburg, SC.