American Rescue Plan

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting applications for American Rescue Plan grant funds designated for South Dakota arts and cultural organizations. The submission deadline is Oct. 8. View the full news story online at

Existing Opportunities

American Rescue Plan Grants (General Operating Support)- Overview

The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is grateful for the opportunity to help the arts sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic through federal funding from the American Rescue Plan by way of the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a generous contribution from the South Dakota Legislature. Our agency recognizes this moment as an opportunity for the sector not just to re-establish old ways of operating, but to rebuild in a way that works better for all arts organizations. The SDAC seeks to support South Dakota arts organizations and artists Recover, Re-establish, Rebuildfrom the pandemic through its American Rescue Plan Grants program.

The SDAC will incorporate principles of equity, access, and inclusion in its implementation of the American Rescue Plan Grants program. As a first step, the agency will open the doors of opportunity wide, focus on smaller organizations and local arts communities, and offer flexibility through non-matching general operating support.

The SDAC has designed a simplified application process and expedited review for the distribution of these critical emergency relief funds. Funds are available to support the organization’s regular, day-to-day work throughout the period of performance. American Rescue Plan Grants CANNOT be for new or special projects or programs. The SDAC especially encourages applications from underserved and minority-serving institutions and organizations.


Application Deadline:

Oct. 8, 2021

Anticipated Announcement of Grant Awards:

Nov. 1, 2021

Estimated Number and Type of Awards:

Approximately 100 grants

Award Amount:

Level I - annual operating budget above $20,000 – Grants of $5,000 - $20,000
Level II - annual operating budget below $20,000 – Grants of $4,500 with additional funds awarded to organizations that specifically engage underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

Cost Sharing/Match Required:

No match required

Period of Performance:

From grant award date through June 30, 2022.

Eligible Applicants:

South Dakota Arts Council funds may be granted only to eligible organizational subrecipients:

  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Nonprofit institutions of higher education
  • Units of state or local government
  • Federally recognized tribal governments

American Rescue Plan Resource Page:

Technical Assistance:

The American Rescue Plan Resource Page will be updated periodically during the application period.

Recorded Webinar: SDAC staff provided information on ARP grants at a recent Arts South Dakota webinar. A recording of "Growing Season: Navigating new grant opportunities for SD arts and humanities organizations" is available online at

SDAC American Rescue Plan Grants Guidelines: Covers eligibility requirements, scoring criteria, application questions

Application Guide: Provides specific instructions and definitions for the “Applicant Information” and “Projected Outcomes” sections of the application, including information on why the SDAC requires this information. If you are a first-time applicant or this is your first time seeing these questions, please use this document to guide you.

Examples of allowable expenses/day-to-day operation (provided by the National Endowment for the Arts)

SDAC American Rescue Plan Grant Application: Available through the SDAC’s online application system GoSmart. GoSmart provides step-by-step instructions (PDF) and a stable of instructional videos (youtube) 


Residencies for Recovery - Overview

Residencies for Recovery creates a space for the formation and activation of dialogue between artists and society. Residencies for Recovery is based on the premise that artists are creative problem-solvers able to build community bonds using methods beyond the usual capacities and expertise of government entities. It emphasizes a place for art beyond the aesthetic, as a way of engaging and addressing the challenges communities face.

Programming may include strategic planning, re-envisioning how the community can be served, artist projects, workshops for community members, exhibitions, and special projects that enrich civic and cultural life and use art to improve and revive the community post-pandemic.

Application Deadline: October 8, 2021

Residencies for Recovery Guidelines: Covers eligibility requirements, scoring criteria, application questions

Recorded Webinar: SDAC staff and past Residencies for Recovery grantees provided information on the program at a recent Arts South Dakota webinar. A recording of "Residencies for Recovery: Creative solutions to community challenges" is available online at
Slides from this presentation are available online at

APPLY BY EMAIL: Organizations are asked to prepare a brief proposal and submit the document by email. The proposal should address the questions provided and be submitted to the address provided in the Residencies for Recovery Guidelines.

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