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Contact: Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director, SDAC






PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota artists, arts organizations, and other nonprofit groups are invited to seek grant support from the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) to assist in funding arts projects and programs throughout the state. The application deadline is March 1, 2023.


Applicants should begin the process by visiting SDAC’s Applicant Portal to review the Guide to Grants, eligibility requirements, granting criteria, and the application procedure before beginning the application process. A link to the Applicant Portal is provided on the front page of SDAC’s website at


South Dakota artists may apply for funding through five grant programs:

Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are awarded toSouth Dakota artists of exceptional talent in any discipline or medium to recognize past artistic achievement and encourage future artistic growth.

Artist Project Grants of up to $2,000 are matching grants for talented South Dakota artists in any discipline or medium to fund specific arts-related projects that not only further the artist’s career but also benefit the public in some way.

Artist Collaboration Grants of $6,000 support South Dakota artist collaboration projects among themselves or with an out-of-state artist in the creation of a joint project or activity that will significantly benefit the artists and the state.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants promote the continuation of folk and traditional arts and culture by providing up to $5,000 in support of a master folk artist to teach qualified apprentices. 

Artist Career Development Grants of $2,000 provide financial support to artists committed to advancing their work and careers.


South Dakota nonprofit organizations may seek funding support for arts projects through this application cycle: 

Project Grants assist non-profit organizations in the presentation of a single arts event or a series of similar and related arts activities that benefit the general public. Organizations may request up to $5,000 in funding, covering no more than 50 percent of the cash expenses of the project.


Applicants have until March 1, 2023, to apply for grant support for projects and activities that will occur during the grant period of July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024. Applications must be submitted through the South Dakota Arts Council’s online grants system. Hard-copy applications submitted through the mail will not be accepted.


Artists applying in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, Artist Collaboration, and Artist Fellowship programs may provide portions of the application via video narrative as an alternative to the written application. This option for artists in this grant category is offered to make the process more accessible.


SDAC staff will be available to help assess specific needs and assist in the development of grant proposals for artists and nonprofit organizations. Contact the South Dakota Arts Council by calling 605-773-3301 or by emailing with questions.


The mission of the Arts Council, the State Arts Agency organized under the South Dakota Department of Tourism, is to provide grants and services to artists, arts institutions, schools, and other nonprofit organizations throughout the state with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota.


The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.