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Broadcaster Press 9 December 17, 2019 www.broadcasteronline.com Applications Open For SDAC Funding Opportunities PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota artists, arts organizations and other nonprofit groups are invited to seek grant support from the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) to assist in funding arts projects and programs in fiscal year 2021. The online grant application system will open on Monday, Dec. 16. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. Applicants should begin the process by visiting the SDAC’s Applicant Portal to review the Guide to Grants, eligibility requirements, granting criteria and the application procedure. SDAC staff will be available to help assess specific needs and assist in the development of grant proposals for artists and nonprofit organizations. Scheduled assistance events include: •Dec. 18 - Webinar: Online Grant System, 10:30 am CST. •Jan. 10 – Webinar: Great Applications, 12:30 pm CST (individuals) & 3 pm CST (organizations). •Jan. 13-17 – One-onone support via phone consult, 8 am – noon CST. •Feb. 3-7 – One-on-one support via phone consult, 1-5 pm CST. •Feb. 9 – Draft Review Deadline. Applicants may also contact the South Dakota Arts Council by calling 605-773-3301 or by emailing sdac@state.sd.us with questions any time. The March 1 grant deadline is for projects occurring July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021. Applications are available at www. artscouncil.sd.gov and must be submitted online through the South Dakota Arts Council’s online grants system. Hard-copy applications submitted through the mail will not be accepted, with the exception of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants. The Arts Council, a state agency organized under the South Dakota Department of Tourism, provides grants and services to artists, arts institutions, schools and other nonprofit organizations throughout the state with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and a portion of the state’s Tourism Promotion Tax. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen. South Dakota artists may apply for funding through five grant programs: •Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are awarded to South Dakota artists of exceptional talent in any discipline or medium to recognize past artistic achievement and encourage future artistic growth. •Artist Project Grants between $1,000 and $2,000 are matching grants for talented South Dakota artists in any discipline or medium to fund specific arts-related projects that not only further the artist’s career but also benefit the public in some way. •Artist Collaboration Grants encourage South Dakota artists to collaborate among themselves or with an out-of-state artist in the creation of a joint project or activity that will significantly benefit the artists and the state. A maximum of $6,000 may be requested. •Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants (applications open Jan. 2) promote the continuation of folk and traditional arts and culture by providing up to $4,000 in support of a master folk artist to teach qualified apprentices. •Artist Career Development Grants of $2,000 are designed to provide financial support to emerging artists committed to advancing their work and careers as artists. South Dakota 501c3 nonprofit organizations may seek funding support in the following categories: •Project Grants assist non-profit organizations in the presentation of a single arts event or a series of similar and related arts activities that benefit the general public. Organizations may request up to $5,000 in funding, covering no more than 50 percent of the cash expenses of the project. •Importation of Musicians Grants enable small South Dakota orchestras that do not receive funding in another grant category USDA Helps Rural South Dakota Businesses Make Energy Efficiency Improvements HURON – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross today announced that USDA is investing $387,627 to help farmers, ag producers and rural based businesses lower energy costs. “Lower energy costs will help these businesses conserve energy, improve efficiencies, and increase their bottom line,” Gross said. “USDA is committed to increasing economic development in America’s rural communities through partnerships because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.” USDA is providing the grants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Recipients can use REAP funding for energy audits and to install renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. The funding can also be used to increase energy efficiency by making improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration. South Dakota recipients include: • Chuck’s Foodland, Inc. in Beresford was awarded $39,160 to upgrade coolers and freezers. • Kuecker Seed Farm, Inc. in Webster was awarded $37,215 to upgrade lighting, HVAC and insulation. • Redfield Energy, LLC in Redfield was awarded $250,000 to upgrade energy efficient equipment. • Daniel L. Zimprich in Hazel was awarded $61,252 to upgrade a grain dryer. Gross’ announcement is in coordination with the recent announcement made by Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy where he announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded 640 awards to applicants in all 50 states totaling $237 million. In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force See what’s brewing on the job market. on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Supporting the rural workforce was a cornerstone recommendation of the task force. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic to improve the quality of their performance seasons by importing musicians from outside their local communities to supplement local orchestra personnel. Organizations may request up to $5,000 in funding, covering no more than 50 percent of the total musician importation costs. •Arts Challenge Grants provide general operating support to nonprofit arts organizations with annual budgets greater than $20,000. The Arts Challenge Grants program is divided into two categories based on budget size. •Statewide Services Grants fund statewide cultural service organizations partnering with the South Dakota Arts Council to help meet the goals of the SDAC’s longrange plan. Applicants must be invited to apply in this category. opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. 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