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Artist Project Grant

Grants to South Dakota Individual
Artists for Specific Arts Projects

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 to South Dakota individual artists to support specific arts projects that benefit both the artist and public audiences. The purpose of this program is to recognize talented artists across disciplines, promote career development for artists, foster creative achievement, and encourage artists to plan and implement projects that benefit the public.

Criteria for Awarding Grants

In reviewing applications, panelists consider the following:
-Quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted. Note: 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 artistic achievement.
-A detailed description of the proposed project and the artist's intended use of the grant funds.
-How an Artist Project Grant will contribute to the artist’s professional growth and career at this time.
-How the project will benefit the public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178595

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists may request no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,000.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must be residents of South Dakota for at least two years immediately preceding the application and must reside in the state until the project has been completed and evaluated.

Artists may apply for only one of the following grants per fiscal year: Artist Fellowship, Artist Project Grant, Artist Collaboration Grant, or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.


Recipients of an Artist Project Grant or an Artist Collaboration Grant are not eligible to receive a grant in either category for three consecutive fiscal years. For example, an artist awarded either grant for fiscal year 2011 is ineligible to receive another grant in the two categories for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014; however, the artist may apply March 1, 2014 for an FY 2015 grant in either category. Recipients of Artist Project 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 or graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
-South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible to apply for Artist Grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted on-line by March 1. Applicants may start to apply in January. 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.

Apply Online:

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