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Artist Career Development Grant

Grants to South Dakota Emerging
Artists for Career-Advancing Activities

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

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Grants of $2,000 to South Dakota emerging artists to support a range of career-advancing projects and activities. Funding may be used for the creation of new work, the promotion or marketing of a specific project, or to reach new social or geographic audiences for existing artistic work.

In reviewing applications, panelists consider the following:
-Quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted. Artistic quality accounts for 50% of an 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.
-Record of professional activity and achievement.
-Contribution to the artist’s professional growth, and how support is important at this time to the development of the applicant’s artistic career.
-Potential for contribution to higher standards for the arts in South Dakota.

In reviewing applications, panelists first consider
-The quality of the artist’s work as demonstrated by the artistic documentation submitted. For those applicants who pass this review, panelists then consider:
-The record of professional activity and achievement as reflected in the application and the artist’s resume.
-To what extent a grant would impact the artist’s professional growth at this point in his/her career.
-Potential for contribution to higher standards for the arts in South Dakota.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178592

Number of Grants:

The total number of grants awarded each year will be left to the discretion of the South Dakota Arts Council, depending on total budget and applicant artists’ qualifications.

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Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Artists with limited publication, performance, or exhibition records should apply for the Artist Career Development Grant rather than the Fellowship. Fellowships are intended to reward artists who demonstrate outstanding professional records of accomplishment.

Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must be residents of South Dakota for at least one year prior to the designated grant period (fiscal year July 1 – June 30) and remain residents throughout the project period within the designated grant period. 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.

Artists seeking funds for a specific project that benefits themselves and the public should apply for an Artist Project 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.

-Past recipients of Artist Fellowships are not eligible to apply for an Artist Career Development grant.
-Recipients of an Artist Career Development grant are not eligible to apply again for a three-year period. Recipients of this grant, however, may apply the next year in other categories of support.
-Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic degree.
-Students pursuing a high school diploma, undergraduate or graduate degrees are not eligible.
-Currently serving South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online by March 1. Applicants may start to apply on December 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