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Artist Career Development Grants

Grants to South Dakota Early Stage Artists
for Professional Development Activities

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

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03/01/21 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of $2,000 to South Dakota early stage artists for professional development activities. Funding is intended to support projects that help artists promote and market their work, create new artistic works, and attract new audiences. The purpose of the program is to assist emerging artists in advancing their work and furthering their careers.

In reviewing applications, panelists consider the following:

  • Quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by the work samples submitted. Artistic quality accounts for 50% of an 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. (Up to 30 points)
  • Record of professional activity and achievement as demonstrated in the support materials. (Up to 10 points)
  • How an Artist Career Development Grant will contribute to the artist’s professional growth and career advancement. (Up to 10 points)
  • Potential for contribution to higher standards for the arts in South Dakota. (Up to 10 points)

The South Dakota Arts Council encourages the development of new projects and those that strengthen existing arts programs. Priority is given to quality projects that:

  • Employ professional artists, especially those living in South Dakota.
  • Focus on underdeveloped arts disciplines.
  • Recognize and relate to the cultural needs of the state and community.
  • Make the arts available to new, minority, and geographically isolated audiences.
  • Bring the arts into schools with the support of the local school.
  • Reach beyond a town’s boundaries to attract new audiences.
  • Advance the role of the arts in economic development efforts.
  • Enhance cultural tourism.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178592

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Term of Contract:

Upcoming grant funds will to assist in funding arts projects and programs in fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be residents of South Dakota for at least one year prior to the start of, and remain residents throughout, the grant cycle (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). Artists interested in an Artist Fellowship must be residents of South Dakota for at least two years prior to the date of their application (March 1, 20210) and remain residents throughout the grant cycle (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). [Please refer to the Artist Fellowship grant guidelines for details.]

Artists may apply for only one of the following grants during an application period: Artist Fellowship, Artist Collaboration Grant, Artist Project Grant, Artist Career Development Grant, or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.

The South Dakota Arts Council DOES NOT fund:
- Academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
- Students pursuing high school diplomas and graduate or undergraduate degrees. These individuals ARE NOT eligible.
- Past recipients of Artist Fellowships are not eligible to apply for an Artist Career Development grant and may not apply for other artist grants within a three-year period following the Fellowship award.
- Recipients of an Artist Career Development grant are not eligible to apply again for a three-year period. Recipients of this grant, however, may apply the next year in other categories of support.
- Currently serving South Dakota Arts Council board members and staff are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Monday, March 1, 2021. The online grant system automatically closes at this time.

Applicants requesting a Draft Review must complete their application and request a review from SDAC staff by 11:59 PM CST on Feb. 7, 2021 (DO NOT submit your application until you have received feedback from the SDAC office and completed the recommended changes). Applications not submitted by the early-bird assistance deadline will be moved to submitted status and reviewed by panelists as is.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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South Dakota Arts Council staff are available to answer your grant questions by phone or email:

Patrick Baker, Director
Phone 605-773-5507

Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director
Phone 605-773-5084

Kate Vandel, Arts Grant Specialist
Phone 605-773-5925

Sarah Carlson, Arts Program Specialist
Phone 605-773-3102

Department of Tourism
711 E Wells AvePierre
SD 57501
P: 800-952-3625
F: 605-773-5977

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USA: South Dakota

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