Applicant Portal

The application deadline is March 1, 2022 (11:59 PM CST).

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.

All SDAC grant opportunities are available at
To apply visit

Upcoming grant funds assist in funding arts projects and programs in fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023).



Review details about each grant in the Guide to Grants: Document provides information about grants available to individual artists and nonprofit organizations. The document is available online at

Study the guide to Required Materials: Document provides information about grant materials that applicants, both individual artists and nonprofit organizations, should include with their grant applications.
Required materials Overview
Full guide online at

Traditional Arts Apprentice Grants: Information and guidelines for this category of support can be found online at

Opportunities for ARTISTS A quick guide to help individual artists determine which artist grant opportunity is the best fit.

Use the application templates: These documents provide the data fields and presents the general format of our online grant 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 official application is available online at

Artist Career Development PDF | WORD

Artist Collaboration PDF | WORD

Artist Fellowship PDF | WORD

Project Grant (ARTISTS) PDF | WORD


Arts Challenge Grant PDF

Watch instruction video of how to use our online Grant System to apply:
GoSmart (the SDAC’s online grant system) provides step-by-step instructions through a stable of instructional videos online at



Develop your Artist Statement by reviewing our Artist Statement How-To Guide. Writing your Artist Statement should help us understand why you make the art you do.

Review the guidelines for your grant and the tips online at

Grant funding is competitive. Understand our priorities, goals, and strategies and craft a better narrative by reviewing the SDAC Strategic Plan. (


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.

“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. Schedule and registration information to come via our online mailing list, if you are not a member, register at

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

We encourage all artists to review Springboard for the Arts Work of Art Toolkit. This resource is available for free digitally and includes context and insights from working artists, exercises to help build practical working skills, and a glossary of terms for quick reference.
For a full list of Springboard for the Art's upcoming events, visit



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 NOTICEApplicants 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.