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Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits, Agencies, and Property Owners to Preserve and Restore Historic Sites

Outside of Deadwood Grant


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Funding Source
Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission
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Geographic Focus
USA: South Dakota: Statewide, excluding the City of Deadwood

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/02/23 4:00 PM MST Receipt - Outside of Deadwood Grant Program deadline; Emergency Grant applications may be submitted at any time. Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to South Dakota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and individual property owners to interpret and protect historic sites and structures in eligible locations. Funding is intended to promote the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of buildings, sites, and properties that contribute to an understanding of the history of the City of Deadwood.

It is in Deadwood’s interest to promote the preservation and interpretation of historic sites, buildings, and properties throughout the state when those buildings, sites, and properties are related to historic preservation in Deadwood. The expense of such preservation projects may discourage owners and managers from undertaking necessary projects or may result in a lower quality of craftsmanship. The purpose of this grant fund is to assist and encourage property owners and managers to restore and protect their properties and to interpret their relationship to Deadwood’s history.

Emergency grants are made exclusively for interim stabilization of a historic property that meets the stated grant criteria and has been damaged due to some unforeseeable event. 

For a list of allowable activities, see:

Funding priorities:

  • Work required to give the building a weatherproof envelope and make it structurally sound;
  • Work that will abate any serious threat to the structure whether from internal or external sources (i.e. hazardous wiring);
  • Exterior restoration;
  • Restoration of character-defining interior features;
  • Work necessary to facilitate putting the building to appropriate use, including meeting all codes and accessibility standards.

For information about selection criteria, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
National Historic Landmarks or National Register properties owned and operated by a not-for-profit or governmental entity are welcome to apply. Other projects with a relationship to Deadwood’s history organized by not-for-profits are also encouraged to apply.

Grant funds will be available to any site located outside of Deadwood but within the state of South Dakota that is not eligible for the state property tax moratorium or to any site that is a National Historic Landmark.

Applicant Eligibility:
1. Applicant must be a not-for-profit organization or a local government and not be eligible for State Tax Moratorium or the site must be a National Historic Landmark.
2. Individual or private property owners are not eligible to receive grants unless the property is a National Historic Landmark.
3. Applicant may not have an open Outside of Deadwood Grant with the Historic Preservation Commission

Grant Eligibility:
1. Applicant must own/retain the property or the applicant must be leasing or renting the property and have written permission from the owner to conduct the work; or the applicant must have a firm written commitment with the owner to purchase the property. Furthermore, the grant recipient(s) must agree to retain ownership of the property for a minimum of five years. Transfer of ownership or control will require repayment of the grant to the City of Deadwood.
2. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to successfully implement the project.
3. The applicant must provide a plan for future public use of the site and assurances of the ability to maintain the property well into the future.
4. The project must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The standards for restoration and rehabilitation, summarized in the Resource Section of this application, are neither technical nor prescriptive. Instead, they promote responsible preservation practices that help protect the nation’s irreplaceable cultural resources.
5. The property must receive appropriate on-going maintenance, or its present state of disrepair is not the result of neglect by the current owner.
6. The general contractor and subcontractors are professionally qualified and preservation sensitive, and if the work is being completed by someone other than a licensed contractor, the individual or company is capable of performing the prescribed work.
7. The property must be listed or eligible for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places or be a contributing building within a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pre-Application Information
Grants are awarded in the winter and summer. The deadline for receipt of an application is January 18 and June 2 annually, by 4:00 PM MST.

Acceptable forms of delivery are e-mail, mail, as long as the envelope is postmarked by the due date/time, fax, or hand delivery.

Matching Requirements:

Grants are awarded for no more than 50% of the total project costs, with the project sponsor providing at least half of the total costs of the project. The applicant must demonstrate that funds are available to match the grant.

Eligible Match: Cash, donated materials and labor or materials and labor provided by a third party for necessary and reasonable project costs.

Ineligible Match: Any costs, whether cash or in-kind, that are not necessary and reasonable to the completion of the project and within the grant period. (The grant period shall refer to a period of one year commencing from the date of an executed grant agreement).

Matching funds must be demonstrated with reimbursement requests.

Awards will be announced within a month of review by the two Commissions – No later than March 1st or August 1st in the year for which the grant is requested.

Emergency grants applications are accepted at any time of the year. These applications are reviewed and awarded as availability of funds allows.

Payment of the grant award will be made on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of paid invoices.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant funds will typically not exceed $10,000 except for special circumstances.

Term of Contract
Grant will be for projects beginning approximately April 1 (following the January deadline) or September 1 (following the June deadline). Projects may not start until after notification of the grant award and return of a signed grant agreement.

The grant period will be for a period of one year commencing from the date of an executed agreement.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to:
City of Deadwood
Historic Preservation Office
108 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732

Fax to (605) 578-2084.

Direct questions to:
Kevin Kuchenbecker, Historic Preservation Officer
P: (605) 578-2082

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