Grants to Organizations and Schools


South Dakota organizationa are invited to seek grant support from the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) to assist in funding arts projects and programs throughout the state. Funding for projects and activities that will occur during the grant period of July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025. Deadline is March 1.

Visit the Applicant Portal [linked here] to review grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, criteria, and the application procedure before beginning the application process.

Project Grants of no more than 50% of costs and up to $5,000 for presenting an arts activity that serves the general public. Project Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar.

Arts Challenge Grant (nonprofit arts organizations only). Provides assistance to South Dakota nonprofit, producing arts institutions and community arts councils.

The following grants are open on an ongoing basis. Use the links for eligibility and application materials.

Artists In Schools & Communities Residencies Grant. Place professional artists in residencies of one week or longer in schools and communities to encourage and supplement existing arts programs. Artists’ fees are supported on a matching funds basis between the sponsoring organization and the Arts Council.

Arts Opportunity Grant. Assists organizations throughout the year for a variety of activities. Up to $1000 in matching funds may be awarded.

Excursion Grant. Excursion grants of up to $500 assist organizations in the transportation of K-12 students and persons with disabilities to arts events in communities other than their own.

Technical Assistance Grant. Technical Assistance to South Dakota nonprofit arts organizations provides matching funds for specialists to advise groups on technical matters, specific programs, projects, and/or administrative functions, provided that this expertise is not available within the organization. Assistance specifically related to technology issues such as use of the internet, web design and other computer expertise may be funded in this category.

Professional Development Grants. Professional Development Grants may be awarded to an organization to fund its representative's attendance at a professional development activity that benefits both the organization and the individual attending.

Touring Arts Grant. Help make the arts available in all regions of the state by providing matching funds to nonprofit organizations for contracted programs listed in the Touring Arts brochure.


Statewide Services Grant. fund cultural service organizations through a partnership agreement with the South Dakota Arts Council. Grants are made to help meet the mission, goals, and strategies of the Council’s long-range plan. Application by invitation only (Discussion of the need for the proposed services, a plan for providing these services, and a proposed grant amount must take place with the South Dakota Arts Council staff and executive committee prior to January 1 of any even year).

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