South Dakota Arts Community’s
Coronavirus Resource Center

Arts South Dakota is regularly monitoring the CDC and SD Department of Health regarding COVID-19 as to how the current outbreak may impact our state arts community. The health and safety of our arts community and staff is our highest priority.  This page will be updated with information as it is received, so please check back regularly.

Read Arts South Dakota director Jim Speirs column
The arts in a COVID-19 world

State & National Resources
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Recent News


PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Arts Council has awarded $422,800 in grants supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to 60 arts and cultural organzations throughout South Dakota. A complete listing of CARES grant recipients is included in the announcement. View the announcement.


Americans for the Arts and Artist Relief have released new versions of their COVID-19 Impact on the Arts Surveys. The findings will power our collective ongoing advocacy work to ensure the arts are part of the billions of dollars in relief and recovery funding.We urge all arts and cultural organizations to complete the new COVID-19 Impact Survey for Organizations. This revised survey enables us to continue tracking the human and financial impacts of COVID-19 on arts organizations as well as understand the challenges with recovery and re-opening. All types of arts and cultural organizations should participate.Americans for the Arts and Artist Relief, with support from the Ford Foundation, have launched a new COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists. This revised survey enables the partners to gauge what is happening to our creative economy and address what is needed to provide relief and spur recovery. All types of creative workers should participate: practicing artists, culture bearers, educators and teaching artists, creative entrepreneurs, and hobby artists). Please share this link with your artist networks.

Each week, Americans for the Arts publishes its updated COVID-10 Research Update that tracks the ongoing human and financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the arts. As the virus continues to rage in our communities, so does its devastation of the nation’s arts sector. Cancellations have taken place at virtually every arts organization across the country, 1 in 10 arts businesses doubt their ability to survive, and two-thirds of the nation’s artists are now unemployed. Use this weekly update to keep informed.

Americans for the Arts’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center

Americans for the Arts continues to closely monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. Our organization cares about the health and safety of our members, stakeholders, staff, and board in communities across the country, and we understand that health, work, and travel require personal decisions that individuals must make for themselves.

⇒ VIEW the South Dakota Economic Impact Dashboard ⇐


The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. We are working with the CDC and our healthcare partners across the state to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.


2/24/2021: South Dakota VACCINATION REGISTRATION: COVID-19 Vaccine Providers | COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups

On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.

This program would help eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.

“We are working very closely with the SBA to ensure that South Dakota companies negatively impacted by Covid-19 have access to economic assistance,” said Noem. “This is unchartered territory for everyone, including the SBA, but my economic development team stands ready to help businesses and counties work through this process. I’m extremely thankful for the quick response and strong leadership that President Trump and his team at SBA are providing.”

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) GOVERNOR NOEM’S SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND

COVID-19 Reemployment Assistance Eligibility Determinations

The Reemployment Assistance (RA) program provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own including self employed, an independent contractor, a 1099 worker. Workers who become unemployed because their employer needs to temporarily shut down or isolate workers due to COVID-19 might be eligible to receive benefits. Many variables can affect a worker’s eligibility and an employer’s liability for benefits. The Department of Labor and Regulation examines each case on an individual basis and makes determinations in accordance with the law.

General information on Filing for Reemployment Assistance Benefits

Things to Know Before You File a Claim for Benefits information you need to file a claim for RA (unemployment insurance) benefits, what happens after you file a claim

Frequently Asked Questions on Reemployment Assistance Benefits

How to File an Reemployment Assistance Claim brochure – instructions on options for filing a claim for reemployment assistance benefits in English and Spanish

Main Reemployment Assistance Benefits page

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is working to take a proactive approach to protect the health and safety of our citizens, visitors and businesses. We are in constant communication with the U.S. Travel Association, Governor Kristi Noem’s office, South Dakota congressional offices, the South Dakota Department of Health and other state and federal agencies to provide up-to-date information to South Dakota’s tourism industry partners about COVID-19.

7/24/2020 SD Dept. of Tourism: has been developed to provide mental health assistance to people struggling due to the impact of COVID-19.

Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During COVID-19 Outbreak

NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.

Visit for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.

Coronavirus Relief Options

We’re here to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. We offer multiple funding options for those seeking relief.

As we continue to collectively navigate through and out of COVID-19, we want to encourage you to lean on the SBA SD District Office and our vast network of Resource Partners (Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Center, SCORE, and Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Dakotas) for small business support. If there is anything our team can work with you on —  community webinars about COVID-19 small business recovery, in-person outreach, speaker engagements, providing editorials or news articles, etc. – we’re here for you.

Please contact me directly at or at 605-330-4243, Ext. 13 for all inquiries – glad to assist! We look forward to working with you to start and grow small businesses across SD! SD District Office

10/20/21:  SBA updated FAQs: SVOG Post-Application FAQs | SVOG Program FAQs
2/10/2021: SBA FAQ’S Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

President Biden announced important changes to the PPP, including a two-week window for businesses with fewer than 20 employees. LEARN MORE

Coronavirus Resources

Like so many organizations across the U.S. and around the world, NASAA is keeping a close eye on the coronavirus and how it may affect our staff, members, work and convenings.  We’re monitoring the situation at both the federal and District of Columbia government levels. As I’m sure you know, the federal government is currently open for business, and there are no domestic travel restrictions to or from Washington, DC.

During this time of uncertainty and economic challenges, the Bush Foundation is thinking about how to be most supportive and useful to our community, our grantees, our partners and our staff. Read more about what we’re doing.

Here we’re compiling a list of funds available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses within our region. Please let us know of any we missed. We will update the list as we learn of new funds.

Arts Midwest Resources: COVID-19

How we’re responding to COVID-19

The Midwest is a region of welcoming and vibrant communities made up of creative and hard-working people. We will get through this difficult time together creatively. At Arts Midwest, we will continue to monitor and respond to new information about the COVID-19 pandemic, and will share updates as we develop and adjust our plans. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions for how we can be most useful to you during this difficult time.


We are committed to continuing to serve artists and communities, providing services, and doing so in a way that supports public health. Starting March 16, we will move to remote work, and postpone all public events through April 3 at the earliest.

See our Public Statement here

Find our Coronavirus Resources page here

Read the Principles for Ethical Cancellation here

Apply for support through our Personal Emergency Relief Fund here

Give to the Personal Emergency Relief Fund here

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and action items

Grantmakers in the Arts is sharing resources and guidance on Covid-19 virus and encouraging grantmakers to support their grantees in treating their funding flexibly in these difficult and rapidly shifting circumstances.



Emergency Funds for Freelance and Teaching Artists



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