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Artist Fellowship Grant

Fellowships to South Dakota Individual
Artists for Outstanding Work in Any Discipline

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

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Fellowships of $5,000 to South Dakota individual artists to reward and support artistic excellence. Applications are invited from artists demonstrating exceptional talent. Award decisions will be based on artistic achievement and are intended to foster future artistic and career development.

The funding category is designed to:
-Recognize artists of exceptional talent in any arts discipline.
-Encourage the creative achievement of South Dakota artists.
-Acknowledge artists who have contributed to higher standards for the arts in South Dakota.
-Assist artists in the continued development of their careers in the arts.

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 as demonstrated in resume and support materials.
-The artist’s contribution to higher standards for the arts in South Dakota.
-How an Artist Fellowship will contribute to the artist’s professional growth and career advancement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178598

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that only four Fellowships will be awarded each year; however, the specific number will be left to the discretion of the South Dakota Arts Council, based on the Council’s budget and the applicant artists’ qualifications.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artist Fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded.

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 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. Fellowship artists MAY participate in SDAC Touring Arts and Artist in Schools & Communities rosters.

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 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.

-Recipients of an Artist Fellowship are not eligible to apply for support in any artist grant category for three consecutive fiscal years. For example, an artist awarded a Fellowship for fiscal year 2011 is ineligible to receive another grant for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014; however, the artist may apply March 1, 2014 for an FY 2015 grant in any category. The recipients of an Artist Fellowship may apply as a master artist for a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant 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 on January 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.

Apply Online:

Paul Mehlhaff, Grants Officer

Department of Tourism
711 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

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

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USA: South Dakota