Artist Career Development Grants

The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) will open applications in mid-late December for the upcoming grant cycle (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). The submission deadline is March 1, 2022. Grant guidelines and resources will be posted online in mid-late November.

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, 2022) and remain a resident through the end of the grant (June 30, 2023).
  • 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. 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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