South Dakota Arts Council announces March 1 grant deadline

South Dakota Arts Council announces March 1 grant deadline At its spring meeting in Pierre, the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) will award grant support to South Dakota artists, arts institutions, and other nonprofit groups producing arts programming. The application deadline for grants is March 1.

There are several categories of grants that can be awarded to individual artists. Artist grants and artist collaboration grants provide financial support to artist committed to advancing their work and careers in any arts discipline (e.g. visual, performing or literary arts). These grants help artists fund the marketing or promotion of a specific project, the production of new work, the development of new audiences for existing work, or the collaboration of professional artists.

Traditional arts apprenticeship grants encourage the continuation of South Dakota's traditional/folk arts and cultures by supporting master artists as they teach qualified apprentices.

Additional grants are available for organizations. Arts challenge grants provide financial support to South Dakota nonprofit arts institutions, including local arts councils.

These two-year grants assist organizations' with their annual programming. Arts challenge grant recipients must have paid professional staff and yearly cash operating expenses of at least $25,000.

Project grants assist other nonprofit organizations with the presentation of an activity, or series of activities, in any arts discipline for the general public.

In addition, importation of musicians grants enable South Dakota orchestras to improve the quality of their performance seasons by importing musicians from outlying communities. Each organization can apply for only one grant.

Guidelines and application forms for each of these grants are included in SDAC's Guide to Grants. Artist and organizations an receive a copy by writing to the South Dakota Arts Council at 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501, by calling 1-800-423-6665 or 605-773-3131, by emailing, or by visiting

Many of SDAC's publication, including the Guide to Grants, are available at the Council's Information Depots located at the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, the Brookings Community Cultural Center, the Sinte Gleska University Library in Mission, the Oscar Howe Art Center at the Middle Border Museum in Mitchell, the Red Cloud Heritage Center outside Pine Ridge, the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City, the Washington Pavilion Visual Art Center in Sioux Falls, the Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities, the USD College of Fine Arts in Vermillion and the Yankton Area Arts Association.

The South Dakota Arts Council is the governing board of the Office of Arts, a state agency of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs whose mission is to provide grants and services to artists and arts organizations throughout the state with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of South Dakota.

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