The third round of applications is by invitation only.

If you feel you should have been contacted to apply, 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 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 – $1,000 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.

Criteria & Timeline


  • Individual artist, making an important portion of your income from arts activities / creative work (for example performing, selling work, educating, etc, in any creative discipline)
  • Have had your work interrupted due to the pandemic, and are in need of short-term assistance
  • Are a South Dakota resident
  • Are NOT a minor (<18 years of age)
  • Are NOT a full-time student (including college and post-secondary school)
  • Have NOT already been awarded funding from this emergency relief fund previously


  • February 1, 2022 – Applications Open
  • March 7, 2022 11:59 PM CT – Applications Close
  • March 15, 2022 – Notice of Awards Sent
  • March 29, 2022 – Payments mailed
Applications closed March 7