Artist Career Development Grants

Grant applications (for FY2022) open in December 2020. The application deadline is March 1, 2021. For a more information on the grants available, use the links below. Applicant Resources will be made available on the SDAC’s Applicant Portal in early December.

Upcoming grant funds will to assist in funding arts projects and programs in fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022).

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Artist Career Development Grants of $2,000 to help support any artist committed to advancing their work and careers. Funds assist in producing work, marketing or promotion, or reaching new audiences.


  • South Dakota Artists may apply for ONLY ONE artist grant.
  • A resident of South Dakota for at least one year at the start of your grant (July 1, 2021) and remain a resident through the end of the grant (June 30, 2022).
  • Artists seeking funds for a specific project that benefits themselves and the public should apply for an Artist Project Grant.


  • Past recipients of Artist Fellowships are not eligible to apply for an Artist Career Development grant.
  • Recipients of an Artist Career Development grant are not eligible to apply again for a three-year period. Recipients of this grant, however, may apply the next year in other categories of support.
  • Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic degree.
  • Students pursuing a high school diploma, undergraduate or graduate degrees are not eligible.
  • Currently serving South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible.

Criteria for Awarding Grants
In reviewing applications, panelists consider the following:

  • Quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted. 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 achievement.
  • Contribution to the artist’s professional growth, and how support is important at this time to the development of the applicant’s artistic career.
  • Potential for contribution to higher standards for the arts in South Dakota.


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: The evaluation narrative should give a brief description of work accomplished with grant funds during the grant period and a statement indicating the impact of the grant on the artist’s career development.  
Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of complete evaluation reports.

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