Artist Collaboration Grant

Grant applications (for FY2021) open Monday, December 16, 2019. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. The Applicant Portal includes several resources to assist applicants. Visit the portal here

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The Artist Collaboration Grant is designed to expand the horizon and artistic base of South Dakota artists by encouraging artistic collaboration.  This category provides funds that may assist in the ability to produce new work, to create an artistic collaboration, or to reach new audiences, but is not limited to these examples. A collaboration may partner two artists working in the same discipline or two artists working in different disciplines. The funding category is designed to:

  • Support and expand the creative achievement of South Dakota artists.
  • Assist South Dakota artists in continued development of their careers in the arts.
  • Support a collaboration between two artists that will result in benefits to South Dakota and may result in benefits to another state.

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


At least one applicant must be a resident of South Dakota for at one year prior to the designated grant period (fiscal year) and remain residents throughout the project period within the designated grant period. The collaborator may be a resident of any state. Artists may apply for only one of the following grants per fiscal year: Artist Fellowship, Artist Collaboration Grant, Artist Project Grant, Artists Career Development Grant, or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.

Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.

Students pursuing high school diplomas and graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.


Recipients of an Artist Collaboration Grant or an Project Grant are not eligible to receive either grant for three consecutive fiscal years. For example, an artist awarded either grant for FY 2012 is ineligible to receive another grant in either category for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015. However, the artist could apply March 1, 2015 for an FY 2016 grant (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) in either category. Recipients of Artist Collaboration 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 and graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
  • South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible to apply for an Artist Collaboration grant.

All applications must be submitted on-line by March 1st each year. Applicants may start to apply on December 1. Grant awards will be announced in May for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Grant Amount

Artist Collaboration Grants will be awarded on a non-matching funds basis. Depending upon the scope of the project, the grant amount may be up to $6,000. Examples of appropriate use of funds include supplies, travel, and artists’ time, but are not limited to those examples.

Criteria for Awarding Grants

In reviewing applications, panelists consider the following:

  • Quality of the artists’ work considered jointly and as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted.

Application Review
Artistic quality accounts for 50% of 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.

  • 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.

Application Procedure
How to Prepare and Submit an Application

Applications for an Artist Collaboration Grant must be submitted on line through the South Dakota Arts 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 Application Summary & Information form
  • Create and upload (attach) a grant narrative.
  • Complete a pre-existing budget form outlining all collaboration expenses.
  • Create and upload (attach) professional resumes for each artist.
  • 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.
  • Electronically submit application
  • Sign Signature Page and mail 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.

A Grant Evaluation Form are due 30 days after the end of the fiscal year. The 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 South Dakota artist’s career development and on the overall contribution to the arts in South Dakota.

Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of completed evaluation reports.

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