Funding Opportunities

Throughout the year a number of grants are made available to help communities, schools, organizations, and businesses in South Dakota promote and encourage physical activity, healthy eating, and overall health and wellness. Details are listed below. Take a peek.

New National Diabetes Prevention Program Grant

Eligibility: Organizations that do not currently have a CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) or have developed their DPP within the last 12 months of application.
RFA Release: March 21, 2019
RFA Due Date: April 26, 2019 by 5pm CST
Project Period: June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020
Anticipated Award Amount: $15,000 per organization
For any questions or technical assistance contact Kayla Magee, SD DOH Diabetes Program Coordinator. Applications are due via electronic submission to Kayla Magee. ( or (605)773-2981).

The National Diabetes Prevention Program: The National DPP is a partnership of public and private organizations working together to build a nationwide delivery system for a lifestyle change program proven to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes. A key component of the National DPP is a structured, evidence-based, year-long lifestyle change program to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The National DPP lifestyle change program is founded on the science of the Diabetes Prevention Program research study, and subsequent translation studies, which showed that making realistic behavior changes helped people with prediabetes lose 5% to 7% of their body weight and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). The program is group-based, facilitated by a trained lifestyle coach, and uses a CDC-approved curriculum. The curriculum supports regular interaction between the lifestyle coach and participants; builds peer support; and focuses on behavior modification through healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and managing stress. The program may be delivered in-person, online, via distance learning, or through a combination of these delivery modes.

“A Change for Life” Video: Click here to watch this video where experts and people with prediabetes talk about how type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making lifestyle changes that include weight loss and increased physical activity. People with prediabetes discuss how group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and keep healthy habits.

To learn more about the National DPP click here.

Sun Safety Grant for SD Child Care Programs

The South Dakota Department of Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is pleased to announce the release of a funding opportunity to support up to ten child care programs in implementing a sun safety policy.

Eligibility: SD child care programs currently licensed or registered with the SD Department of Social Services are eligible to apply for funding. Child care programs include, but are not limited to, licensed day care centers, licensed day care homes, licensed after school care, and summer child care programs.
Award: Child care programs may request up to $500 per physical location, with up to ten applicants funded. Budget requests should be commensurate with the number of strategies proposed and total number of individuals impacted.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:00pm CT
Project Period: June 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to
Questions: Staff will be available to answer questions, review grant applications, and provide recommendations for revisions until April 26th

WorkWell Grant

Grant Release: February 2020
Grant Year Period: June 2020 – May 2021
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2,000 per worksite
Application Procedure: Application document will be added closer to the grant release date.

This is an opportunity for your worksite to send a positive, supportive message and promote healthy lifestyles by preventing, reducing, and managing chronic disease through worksite environment and policy change.

Any workplace starting a wellness program or expanding a current program is eligible. Interventions should be designed to create environmental and policy changes or provide opportunities not already offered to employees related to preventing, reducing, and managing chronic disease. Funding should be used to focus on one or more interventions and create sustainability.

Questions? Contact Enid Weiss, Worksite Wellness Coordinator, at

Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration

Grant Release: November 2019
Grant Year Period: January 2020 – April 2020
Anticipated Award Amount: Technical assistance and collaboration with SDSU City Planning Students under the direction of Professor Donald Burger. No funds are awarded.
Application Procedure: Application document will be added closer to the grant release date.

The Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration opportunity provides 1-2 South Dakota communities with technical assistance, provided by SDSU City Planning Students, in conducting various active transportation assessments and providing recommendations for improving the built environment to increase walkability and active transportation. No funds are awarded to the communities.

Eligibility Criteria:Communities, led by elected officials and city leaders, interested in the implementation of healthy community design strategies and integrating physical activity into daily routines through active transportation principles.

Additional Notes/Info:
The students typically complete the assessments during the Spring semester (January) and present the results/recommendations to the community in April.

Questions? Contact Beth Davis, Physical Activity Coordinator at