The third round of applications is by invitation only, based on specific criteria from past applicants.

If you feel you should have been contacted based on the criteria below, please reach out to  To be the first to know of any future rounds of applications opening to the public, sign up for our mailing list.

The ARTS SOUTH DAKOTA ARTIST EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND, provides short-term, immediate financial support for the individual artists, culture bearers, and creative workers within South Dakota who have been impacted by the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 health crisis. Rapid response funds of $500 are available to those who meet the criteria and qualifications below, as funds are available. Funds do NOT need to be repaid. Please note: Artists may need to claim the contribution as income; please consult with your tax professional.

Please keep an eye on our resources page and on our email list for any updates of additional relief efforts that become available to the creative community in South Dakota.

Approval of applications will take place via a committee, with any possible conflicts of interest being accounted for. Upon approval for funding, you will need to fill out and return a W-9, after which funds can be distributed via check. If you have concerns with access to banking due to availability or health lockdowns, please reach out and alternate payment methods can be discussed.

Funding for the third round of the Arts South Dakota Artist Emergency Relief Fund is provided by the South Dakota Arts Council with generous support from the S.D. Legislature.

Please email Community Development Director Andrew Reinartz with any questions about eligibility or the relief fund generally.

Rounds 1 & 2 map of artist locations across South Dakota receiving relief funds.

Timeline & Criteria

Eligible applicants for the third round have been contacted directly. If you feel you should have been contacted based on the criteria below, please reach out to

  • You previously applied to either of the previous rounds of the Arts South Dakota Artist Emergency Relief Fund and you either:
    1. Were NOT awarded funding in either round
    2. You were awarded funding and you are either a rural resident (community of less than 20,000) or a current citizen of one of the 9 native nations with lands in South Dakota.
  • You are still a current resident of South Dakota
  • You are not a full-time student (including college and post-secondary school)
  • You still attest to having need for funding based on your previous application


  • September 20, 2021 – Applications open
  • October 7, 2021 11:59PM CT – Applications close
  • October 15, 2021 – Notice of awards sent
  • October 29, 2021 – Payments mailed