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Artist Collaboration Grant

Grants to a South Dakota Team of
Artists for a Collaborative Project

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

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Grant of up to $6,000 to a South Dakota team of artists to support a collaborative project. The purpose of this program is to promote artistic endeavors within the state by supporting collaborations between two artists. Partnering artists may work in the same discipline or difference disciplines. This category provides funds that may assist in the ability to produce new work, to create an artistic collaboration, or to reach new audiences, but is not limited to these examples.

The funding category is designed to:
-Support and expand the creative achievement of South Dakota artists.
-Assist South Dakota artists in continued development of their careers in the arts.
-Support a collaboration between two artists that will result in benefits to South Dakota and may result in benefits to another state.

Examples of appropriate use of funds include supplies, travel, and artists’ time, but are not limited to those examples.

In reviewing applications, panelists consider the quality of the artists’ work considered jointly and as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted.

Application Review:

Artistic quality accounts for 50% of applicant’s total score and plays a critical role in panel ratings and funding recommendations. Artistic quality is determined only by the quality of the submitted documentation.

-The record of professional activity and achievement of both artists as reflected in the application, resume and supporting documentation.
-Complete description of the collaboration project.
-How the collaboration will contribute to the South Dakota artist’s professional growth, and why support is important at this time to the development of the applicant’s artistic career.
-How the collaboration contributes to the overall quality of the arts in the applicant’s region and benefits South Dakota and, when appropriate, the out-of-state artist’s state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178590

Number of Grants:

Generally, only one grant will be awarded each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Depending upon the scope of the project, the grant amount may be up to $6,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects and activities may occur July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


At least one applicant must be a resident of South Dakota for at one year prior to the designated grant period (fiscal year) and remain residents throughout the project period within the designated grant period. The collaborator may be a resident of any state. Artists may apply for only one of the following grants per fiscal year: Artist Fellowship, Artist Collaboration Grant, Artist Project Grant, Artists Career Development Grant, or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.

Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.

Students pursuing high school diplomas and graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.


Recipients of an Artist Collaboration Grant or an Project Grant are not eligible to receive either grant for three consecutive fiscal years. For example, an artist awarded either grant for FY 2012 is ineligible to receive another grant in either category for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015. However, the artist could apply March 1, 2015 for an FY 2016 grant (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) in either category. Recipients of Artist Collaboration Grants are eligible to apply for Artist Fellowships and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants in subsequent years without fulfilling the waiting period requirement.

-Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
-Students pursuing high school diplomas and graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
-South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible to apply for an Artist Collaboration grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may start to apply on December 1.

Applications for an Artist Collaboration Grant must be submitted on line through the South Dakota Arts Council’s e-grant system on or before March 1.

Grant awards will be announced in May for the fiscal year starting July 1.


Contact Information:

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

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Department of Tourism
711 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

P: 800-952-3625
F: 605-773-5977

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota