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Sculpture Project Grants

Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grants: Program Description


Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grants assist individuals and organizations in the Black Hills and Badlands in presenting activities that serve the general public in a diverse spectrum of arts disciplines in a Downtown Rapid City area venue. Funding must be used to promote the arts in the Rapid City area and the Downtown area by connecting the greater community to The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water at Main Street Square. Successful proposals will include collaboration among organizations and/or individuals and demonstrate the potential for art to reach new local audiences.


  • Individuals or arts organizations based in the Black Hills and Badlands area are eligible.
  • You may receive one grant per year.
  • Prospective recipients must articulate and propose a well-defined, one-year project from initiation to completion.
  • Projects must have a Downtown Rapid City presence. Please check venue availability, policies, and fees before filing application. Be sure your application reflects planning for the financial and logistical feasibility of this required element.
  • Upon selection, candidates are required to sign a Letter of Agreement and fulfill the terms of the agreement in addition to submitting an Internal Revenue Service W-9 form. Grant reports are also required at the completion of projects receiving funding.


Grant cycle is closed for 2015, please check back for 2016 deadlines.

Grant amounts

No more than 50% of the total project costs may be requested. Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar; in-kind matches are accepted. Artists may count the value of a donation of their time to the community against the required match. For example, a free performance of the proposed project or an instructive lecture or workshop related to the project counts as an in-kind match.

The rare maximum grant award is $5,000. Smaller projects are encouraged. Please be realistic in the amount requested when preparing an application.

Criteria for Awarding Grants

Applications are reviewed by a panel of arts and community leaders with consideration given to:

  • Complete description of project
  • How the project will make a positive impact on the local arts community, Downtown Rapid City and the community as a whole
  • The project's direct link to The Sculpture Project
  • Quality within the art form of project
  • Realistic budget showing support from other sources
  • Organizational and fiscal management: demonstrated ability to execute proposed activity

Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate:

  • Collaboration among individuals or groups
  • Involvement of minority or new constituencies
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Audience building potential


Use application and budget forms as they appear below. Do not reword application form.

Submit four copies of all printed materials, including application form, CDs or DVDs.

Typed applications only. Send to: Anna Huntington, Community Arts Coordinator for the Sculpture Project, c/o Rapid City Arts Council, 713 Seventh St., Rapid City, SD 57701.

If you have any questions about your proposal or application, please feel free to contact Anna Huntington at anna@destinationrapidcity or 605-717-7979.

Grant-makers assume no proprietary interest in any projects funded through Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grants.



Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grants: Grant Application

(Please answer Parts 1 through 3 on a separate sheet of paper and attach to application. Be sure to answer each question as stated. Attach completed budget form with application as well.)

Part 1. Legal name, address, phone number, and email address if possible, of individual or organization applying.  Please describe the qualifications of the primary grant administrator and include a resume.

Part 2. In 1,000 words or less, describe the proposed project so that reviewers can visualize and understand the project – assume we know nothing about you, your program or your idea.

Part 3. In 1,000 words or less, describe how the proposed project will make a positive impact on the arts and community of Rapid City by building collaboration and new audiences through connecting the community to The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water at Main Street Square by answering the following questions:

  • What needs does the project address?
  • What outcomes will this project achieve?
  • How will grant funds be used to support this project?
  • How will the success of the project be evaluated

Part 4. Complete the project budget form and budget narrative, explaining detailed costs, other sources of funding, and in-kind matches that might be unclear to reviewers, and how they were calculated. Download budget form here.

Part 5. If you work for an organization, please demonstrate that your chief administrator has approved this proposal.

Part 6. Optional: Provide additional supporting materials such as programs, brochures, posters, reviews, letters of recommendation, etc.

Notes: If you have questions about the application or need support developing proposal ideas, please contact Anna Huntington, community arts coordinator for the sculpture project at or 716-7979.

Please follow submission directions and see address above, under Submission.

Download this application form here.   

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