Artist Project Grant


The Artist Project Grants support talented South Dakota artists by providing funds for specific arts projects. The funding category is designed to:

  • Encourage the creative achievement of South Dakota artists.
  • Recognize talented artists in any arts discipline.
  • Assist artists in continued development of their careers in the arts.
  • Encourage artists to plan and implement projects that benefit the public.

Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must be residents of South Dakota for at least two years immediately preceding the application and must reside in the state until the project has been completed and evaluated. Artists may apply for only one of the following grants per fiscal year: Artist Fellowship, Artist Project Grant, Artist Collaboration Grant, or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.


Recipients of an Artist Project Grant or an Artist Collaboration Grant are not eligible to receive a grant in either category for three consecutive fiscal years. For example, an artist awarded either grant for fiscal year 2011 is ineligible to receive another grant in the two categories for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014; however, the artist may apply March 1, 2014 for an FY 2015 grant in either category. Recipients of Artist Project Grants are eligible to apply for Artist Fellowships and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants 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.

Applications must be submitted on-line by March 1. Applicants may start to apply in January. Grant awards will be announced in May for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Grant Amount

Artist Project Grants will be awarded to talented South Dakota artists to fund specific arts-related projects that benefit the artist and the public. Artists may request no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,000. These funds do not have to be matched. The number of Artist Project Grants awarded each year will be left to the discretion of the South Dakota Arts Council, based on the Council’s budget and the applicant artists’ qualifications. 

Criteria for Awarding Grants

In reviewing applications, panelists consider the following:

  • Quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted.

    Note: 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 artisic achievement.
  • A detailed description of the proposed project and the artist's intended use of the grant funds.
  • How an Artist Project Grant will contribute to the artist’s professional growth and career at this time.
  • How the project will benefit the public.

Application Procedure

How to Prepare and Submit an Application

Applicants for an Artist Project Grant must be submitted on-line through the South Dakota Council's e-grant system on or before March 1. Hard-copy applications submitted through the mail will not be accepted.

When you log onto the e-grant system you will be asked to:

  • Complete an Applicant Profile
  • Complete an Applicant Information form
  • Complete Project Summary & Information form
  • Create and upload (attach) a narrative that explains the project in detail.
  • Complete a pre-existing budget form outlining all project expenses.
  • Create and upload (attach) a professional resume.
  • Upload (attach) examples of artistic documentation. Specific instructions are available when you log onto the e-grant system.
  • Scan and upload (attach) or mail supporting print materials, i.e. reviews, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Complete Signature Page
  • Electronically submit application
  • Mail Signature Page to SDAC

Specific instructions for completing and submitting the above information will be provided after you log into the e-grant system ( and complete the Applicant Profile.


Grant Evaluation Form, Evaluations are due 30 days after the end of the fiscal year. An evaluation form will be provided with grant award materials. It is also available on SDAC’s website:

Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of complete evaluation reports.

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