Artist Collaboration Grant

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 Collaboration Grants of up to $6,000 support expanding the horizons and artistic base of South Dakota artists through collaboration. Funding supports producing new work or reaching new audiences. Collaborations may pair artists working in the same or different disciplines and may pair an in-state and out-of-state artist.

The category is highly competitive. Generally, only one grant will be awarded each year.


  • South Dakota Artists may apply for ONLY ONE artist grant.
  • At least one applicant must be 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).


  • Past Artist Fellows may not apply for any other artist grants within a three-year period.
  • Recipients of an Artist Collaboration Grant or an Project Grant are not eligible to receive either grant within a three-year period.
  • 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:

  • The record of professional activity and achievement of both artists as reflected in the application, resume and supporting documentation.
  • Complete description of the collaboration project.
  • How the collaboration will contribute to the South Dakota artist’s professional growth, and why support is important at this time to the development of the applicant’s artistic career.
  • How the collaboration contributes to the overall quality of the arts in the applicant’s region and benefits South Dakota and, when appropriate, the out-of-state artist’s state.


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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