• South Dakota Humanities Council awards grants to non-profit organizations that promote humanities in South Dakota through our community project grants.
  • Grants are competitive. All projects must advance the mission of the South Dakota Humanities Council and promote the humanities in American public life.
  • Before applying, review the 2020 grant guidelines and deadlines below. With questions, email or call the SDHC office at (605) 688-6113.
  • For more info, click here.


  • A grant program to promote early childhood literacy in the rural South Dakota communities. Funding is made possible from the Stephanie Miller-Davis Charitable Fund, a private donor advised fund from a SD family, in collaboration with the SD State Library and the South Dakota Community Foundation.
  • Awards: $1000; Library can apply and receive a grant up to three years in a row by reapplying each year.
  • Eligibility: South Dakota public libraries that are state and federally recognized and in compliance with State statues with LSA population (Legal Service Area) of 5000 or fewer residents for city libraries and under 7500 (LSA) for county libraries.
  • Any South Dakota tribal/public library on any South Dakota reservation regardless of size may apply.
  • How to apply: Applications should be submitted online at . Sign in using your library’s annual report account credentials. Select the Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant from the Collection menu.
  • Contact: Questions please call the South Dakota State Library at 1-800-423-6665 or email Laura Kelly email.
  • Deadline: Completed applications must be received no later than Monday, February 3, 2020. Grant decisions will be communicated by Friday, February 28, 2020.


  • Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater or musical theater, and other performing arts forms.
  • Organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography.
  •  Applicants must:
  • Present a professional performing artist/ensemble that is touring from outside their state.
  • Program a public performance.
  • Include a community activity (masterclass, talkback, discussion, etc.).
  • Reach an audience with limited access to the arts.
  • Grant awards are between $500 and $4,000. Awards are dependent upon available funds and demand within each state.
  • Read the guidelines.
  • Prepare your application.
  • Complete and submit the application form by Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Only one application will be accepted per organization.
  • For additional information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read

  • The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
  • Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.
  • Annually, the program supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.
    • Learn more about the mission and history of the NEA Big Read.
    • Read the latest community stories and reflections from grantees on the NEA Big Read blog.The next grant opportunity will be available in October 2019 for NEA Big Read programs to take place between September 2020 – June 2021.
  • Learn more about the application process.