Artist Project Grant

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 Project Grants of up to $2,000, matched dollar for dollar, assist in presenting an arts activity or project that serves the general public.Grants are designed to encourage the creative achievement of South Dakota artists, encourage artists to plan and implement projects that benefit the public, and encourage artists to collaborate with community organizations.


  • 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).


  • Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
  • Students pursuing high school diplomas or graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
  • South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible to apply for Artist Grants.
  • Recipients of an Artist Collaboration Grant, Artist Fellowship or Artist Project Grant are not eligible to receive either grant within a three-year period.
  • Artists and organizations may not seek SDAC funds for the same project.  

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

  • Quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted.
  • Record of the artist’s professional activity and artistic achievement. 
  • A detailed description of the proposed project and the artist’s intended use of grant funds.
  • How the applicant’s artistic skills will be incorporated into the project.
  • How the project will benefit the public.

Bonus points will be given to applications that reveal:

  • Especially innovative or creative projects.
  • Involvement of disabled, minority, geographically isolated or new constituencies as specifically addressed in the narrative.
  • Inclusion or development of advocacy, visibility, or public awareness of the arts as specifically addressed in the narrative.
  • Specific plans for enhancing K-12 arts education.


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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