Applicant Resources


The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) has several resources to assist grant applicants. These materials can be found online in the Applicant Portal and include:

Guide to Grants: Document provides information on grants available to individual artists and nonprofit organizations. Available online in the Applicant Portal.

Guide to Required Materials: Document provides information about grants materials applicants, both individual artists and nonprofit organizations, must include with their grant applications. Available online in the Applicant Portal.

South Dakota Arts Council’s Strategic Plan: To best understand SDAC’s priorities, goals, and strategies, you are encouraged to review this document online.

Tips for Applicants: Grant funding is competitive. Be sure to review the guidelines for your grant. Check out this document and the resources available online in the Applicant Portal to help you write a successful grant.

SDAC Grant Applicant Facebook Group: Join the SDAC Grant Applicant Facebook group to pose questions to staff and other grant applicants – online at

Online Grant System How-to: GoSmart (SDAC’s online grant system) provides step-by-step instructions online and a stable of instructional videos is available on YouTube.

Options for Applicant Profile and Information: A full list of options for Applicant Status, Applicant Institution, Discipline, Type of Activity, and outcome. Applicants will need to provide this information in the Profile and Application. Online at

“ASK THE ARTS COUNCIL” Watercooler Chats: SDAC staff will host bi-weekly conversations to answer applicant questions and provide hints on what makes a good grant application (including examples of strong grant applications), as well as explore and explain the scoring criteria used by panelists to evaluate applications. Watercooler Chats will take place at 3 p.m. CST every other Thursday throughout the grant application period beginning January 14, 2021.

Draft Review: Draft review deadline closes at 11:59 PM CST, Feb. 7, 2021. SDAC staff members offer a draft review prior to final grant submission deadlines to check for mistakes or omissions that might cause ineligibility. Staff will review the grant narrative, budget section, and support materials for compliance and consistency. Draft reviews do not provide grammatical editing or rewriting services. SDAC staff will provide feedback to the applicant in time to make corrections ahead of the submission deadline.