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Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Arts Activities Benefitting the General Public

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to South Dakota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for projects and activities in any arts discipline. Funding will support projects that benefit the general public and meet a specific need of the grantee organization.

The funding category is designed to:
-Enable nonprofit organizations in South Dakota to reach the public more effectively through special arts projects.
-Recognize and assist artistic endeavors of excellence that contribute to quality of life in the applicant’s community or region.
-Accommodate projects with creative/innovative potential

Criteria for Awarding Grants:

Applications are reviewed by arts discipline panels and SDAC with consideration given to:
-Complete description of the project.
-How the project will make a positive contribution to the arts and/or quality of life in the community or region.
-Quality within the art form(s) as determined from artistic documentation.
-Realistic budget showing cash support from other public and private sources.
-Organizational and fiscal management: indication of the applicant’s ability to manage and complete the proposed activity.
-Bonus points will be given to applications that reveal:
-Especially innovative or creative projects.
-Involvement of disabled, minority, geographically isolated or new constituencies as specifically addressed in the narrative.
-Inclusion or development of advocacy, visibility, or public awareness of the arts as specifically addressed in the narrative.
-Specific plans for enhancing K-12 arts education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178594

Estimated Size of Grant:

The range of South Dakota Arts Council Project Grants is generally $500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


South Dakota nonprofit organizations that (1) are seeking funds for a single arts activity and (2) are designated as federally tax-exempt under the IRS Section 501(c)(3), units of government, or nonprofit educational institutions may apply for a Project Grant. 

Nonprofit organizations without 501(c)(3) status may apply under the auspices of a qualifying organization which then becomes responsible for all fiscal and contractual arrangements.

South Dakota Organizations that for logical reasons share a 501(c)(3) tax ID number with another organization are eligible to apply for project grants provided that:

-The relationship between the organizations is real and not contrived merely for the purpose of each writing a separate grant proposal. [Appropriate examples include but are not limited to (1) college/university organizations and departments that for practical reasons share the school’s nonprofit status and tax number; (2) an organization that functions independently but has a legal working relationship with a parent company whose tax number it shares; (3) a consortium of separate organizations each with its own board of directors which for fiscal purposes share the same tax number.]

-The financial records relating to any and all SDAC grant activities are separately maintained and demonstrate each organization’s autonomous, financially independent status.

South Dakota Organizations failing to meet eligibility guidelines for Small Organization Season Support grants should apply for a Project Grant, even if they are seeking funds for more than one activity.

-Organizations may apply for only one Project Grant per granting cycle. 
-Recipients of Arts Challenge Grants, Importation of Musicians Grants, Small Organization Season Support Grants and Statewide Services Grants are not eligible to apply for Project Grants.

Pre-Application Information:

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. A strong cash commitment by the applicant is encouraged. In many cases, SDAC will only be able to provide a grant of no more than one-half the artist’s fees and travel associated with the proposed activity.

All applications must be submitted online only by March 1. Applicants may start to apply on December 1. Grant awards will be announced in May for the fiscal year that begins the following 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