Applicant Portal


The application deadline is March 1, 2023 (11:59 PM CST)

The South Dakota Arts Council makes quality arts accessible throughout the state by providing grants to South Dakota nonprofit organizations and South Dakota artists with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota.

The upcoming grant cycle supports activities, events, programs, or projects planned to take place July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2023, at 11:59 pm Central. Late applications will not be accepted.
Details on all SDAC grant opportunities are outlined in the GRANT GUIDELINES [PDF linked here] and available at

To apply visit



ALL ORGANIZATIONS must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) from the System for Award Management (SAM) to apply. Should a grant be made, organizations must maintain an active SAM registration throughout the grant cycle (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024). The Unique Entity ID is a 12-character alphanumeric ID assigned to an entity by [] (instructions linked here)(PDF Instructions).

GRANT GUIDELINES: ALL APPLICANTS, read the guidelines prior to applying for ANY SDAC grant. Applicants that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be reviewed. Contact SDAC staff with any questions regarding eligibility [PDF linked here].

Traditional Arts Apprentice Grants: Guidelines and sample application for this category of support can be found online [Guidelines PDF linked here] [Sample Application linked here] [Narrative Template WORD].

Artist Opportunities Cheat Sheet: This PDF provides an overview of Artist grants and guidance in choosing what to apply for [linked here].

Sample Applications: These PDF documents provide all of the required fields, so you know what information is needed in order to complete the online application. Please use this template only to organize information before completing and submitting the online application. This document cannot be submitted as an application. The application is available online at Direct links to PDF Samples included below.

Narrative Templates: These Narrative Template WORD documents provide all of the required narrative questions. Artists can build their narrative and upload the document into the application.

Artist Career Development PDF Sample | Narrative Template WORD

Artist Collaboration PDF Sample | Narrative Template WORD

Artist Fellowship PDF Sample | Narrative Template WORD

Project Grant applicants will not upload a narrative document but will respond to a series of narrative questions. Use the narrative template to compose your responses offline to ensure accurate spelling and grammar. You can then COPY and PASTE your written responses into the online application. Direct links to download Word documents included below. Space is limited, so be sure you’ve answered the questions provided.

Project Grant (Artists and Organizations) PDF Sample | Narrative Template WORD

How to use our online Grant System to apply (video): GoSmart (the SDAC’s online grant system) provides step-by-step instructions through a stable of instructional videos online [linked here].

Understand our priorities, goals, and strategies and craft a better narrative by reviewing the SDAC Strategic Plan online at



South Dakota Arts Council staff are available to answer your grant questions by phone or email. Contact the staff by phone at 605-773-3301.

Grants Webinar: SDAC staff will hold a webinar to review the program and application process in late January. Event hosted by Arts South Dakota. For information on arts opportunities and events from around the state, subscribe to Arts South Dakota's newsletter (linked here) online at

“ASK THE ARTS COUNCIL” Watercooler Chats: SDAC staff will host bi-weekly conversations to answer applicant questions and provide tips about what makes a good grant application, including examples of strong grant applications. Chats will take place online Thursday afternoons at 3 pm central Jan. 26 - Feb. 23. Join the conversations using the links/login instructions below.

Meeting URL

Want to dial in from a phone? Dial +1.408.419.1715 (United States). Enter the meeting ID (981 296 768) and passcode (5947) followed by #

SDAC Grant Applicant Facebook Group: Join the SDAC Grant Applicant Facebook group to pose questions to staff and other grant applicants – online at


Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, developed by Springboard for the Arts, is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines. The handbook and other valuable resources are available FREE for download from Springboard for the Arts hosts online walkthroughs of this curriculum and toolkit, for FREE online, a full list of upcoming events is posted online [linked here].

The Handbook for Artists Working in Community, developed by Springboard for the Arts and made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Our Town Knowledge Building grant, supports artists extending their artistic practice into working with their community. The handbook and other valuable resources are available FREE for download from

Arts South Dakota, a non-partisan and non-profit service organization, advances the arts for South Dakotans and our visitors by connecting, advocating, and educating. For information on arts opportunities and events from around the state, subscribe to Arts South Dakota's newsletter [linked here] online at



FISCAL SPONSOR NOTICE - Fiscal Agents for regranting to/on behalf of organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status are not eligible.

INDIRECT COSTS NOTICE – Applicants with a federally negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement may want to recover the Indirect Costs (or a portion of them) that are incurred because of implementing and meeting the goals of their proposal. If this is the case, your organization must identify “Overhead and Administrative Costs” as a line item under “E. Remaining Operating Expenses” in the “Budget - Expenses” section of the application. Applicants cannot use “Overhead and Administrative Costs” as part of their match. We ask that applicants calculate actual indirect costs associated with the proposal and do not simply use a percentage of their project budget. Please ensure that you are not “double dipping,” i.e., costs must be consistently charged as either indirect or direct costs but may not be double charged or inconsistently charged as both. Upon reporting, your organization must be able to easily document the discrete, specific expenses that would fit within this line item.