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Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, IHEs, and Tribes for Public Arts Programming and Events

Project Grant


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Funding Source
South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: South Dakota

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/01/23 11:59 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to South Dakota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, institutions of higher education, public schools, and tribal entities to provide public arts programming, events, and productions. Funding is intended for creative and innovative arts-based activities that will enhance the quality of life for local communities.

Project Grants assist South Dakota nonprofit organizations in presenting an activity in any arts discipline(s) that serves the general public and meets the specific needs of the applicant organization. 

Panelists will award bonus points to applicants that demonstrate an effort to actively engage with underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Organizations:
- South Dakota-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations
- Units of state or local government
- Federally recognized tribal governments

All ORGANIZATIONS must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) from the System for Award Management (SAM) to apply. Should a grant be made, organizations must maintain an active SAM registration throughout the grant cycle. See:

Applicant must reside in South Dakota or within the borders of the state’s nine federally recognized Tribal reservations for at least one year prior to the start of the grant (July 1, 2023) and remain a resident through the end of the grant (June 30, 2024).

The following groups may also apply, provided the proposed activities meet the required parameters:
- South Dakota Colleges and Universities
- Non-arts Entities
- Faith-based and Religious Organizations
- Additional South Dakota organizations (including organizations that share a 501(c)(3) tax ID number with another organization) may be eligible to apply. These groups must contact SDAC staff to confirm eligibility prior to beginning the application process.

- Artists and organizations cannot seek funding for the same project.
- Organizations cannot seek funding to match an existing/upcoming grant (i.e., Touring Arts and/or Artists in Schools and Communities) nor any other grants from federal sources.
- Current Arts Challenge and/or Statewide Services Grant recipients.
- Anyone pursuing high school diplomas, graduate, undergraduate, or professional degrees.
- Currently serving South Dakota Arts Council board members and staff cannot apply for an Artist Project Grant.
- Previous Artist Fellowships and Artist Collaboration recipients cannot apply for any grants for a three-year period.

Pre-Proposal Conference
SDAC staff will host bi-weekly conversations to answer applicant questions and provide tips about what makes a good grant application, including examples of strong grant applications. Schedule and registration information to come via the online mailing list, if you are not a member, register at

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is March 1, 2023 (11:59 PM CST).

SDAC will review a draft proposal and provide feedback; they request that applicants submit their draft two weeks prior to the submission deadline. The draft review deadline is February 14, 2023, at 11:59 pm Central.

Organizations may apply for only one Project Grant per granting cycle.

No more than 50% of the total project costs may be requested from the Arts Council. Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar.

Additional information:

Instruction video of how to use the online Grant System to apply:

Estimated Size of Grant
Organizations can request up to $5,000.

Term of Contract
The upcoming grant cycle supports activities, events, programs, or projects planned to take place July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

South Dakota Arts Council staff are available to answer your grant questions. Contact the staff by phone at 605-773-3301 or email:
- Kate Vandel, Arts Grant Specialist:
- Patrick Baker, Director:
- Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director:
- Sarah Carlson, Arts Program Specialist:

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