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.


WorkWell Grant

The South Dakota Department of Health is excited to release the 2020-2021 WorkWell Grant. All South Dakota businesses are eligible to apply! 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.

Grant Release: February 4, 2020 – NOW OPEN!
Grant Deadline: March 2, 2020 by 5:00 pm CST
Grant Selection: April 2020
Grant Year Period: June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2,000 per worksite

Eligibility Criteria: 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 of the following interventions and create sustainability.

  • Healthier Foods and Beverages at Meetings and Presentations
  • Healthier Vending & Snack Bar
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Workplace Physical Activity
  • Tobacco-Free Business
  • Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention

Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to eweiss@bhssc.org or by mail to:
Enid Weiss, Black Hills Special Services
818 S. Broadway #110, Watertown, SD 57201

Questions? Contact Enid Weiss, Worksite Wellness Coordinator, at eweiss@bhssc.org


Worksite Cancer Screening Grant 

The South Dakota Department of Health’s Cancer Programs are pleased to announce the release of the Worksite Cancer Screening Policy Implementation Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This is an opportunity for worksites to promote recommended cancer screening tests that may find breast, cervical, lung, and colorectal cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best.

Application Release: February 4, 2020 – NOW OPEN!
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020 by 5:00pm CST
Project Period: June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Anticipated Award Amount: Applicants may request up to $5,000, with up to five applicants funded.

Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to sarah.quail@state.sd.us

Questions: Staff will be available to answer questions, review applications, and provide recommendations for revisions until 5:00pm on February 27, 2020.


Community Capacity-Building
Funding Opportunity

The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce a community-based funding opportunity aimed at preventing, reducing or responding to substance abuse, overdose and suicide. The Community Capacity-Building Funding Opportunity is requesting proposals from communities interested in implementing the Communities That Care prevention system. This is a 2-year funding opportunity, with up to 4 communities eligible to receive up to $100,000 per year.

Eligibility: see application
RFA Release:
 January 22, 2020 – NOW OPEN!
RFA Due Date: February 28, 2020
Project Period: 2 years
Anticipated Award Amount: up to $100,000 per community (up to 4)
Application Procedure: Download the application. Complete and submit to DOH.info@state.sd.us with the subject line “Community Capacity-Building Application” by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 28, 2020. Applications submitted after this deadline will be reviewed dependent on the availability of funds.

Questions: Any questions about this funding opportunity can be submitted to DOH.info@state.sd.us with the subject line “Community Capacity-Building Question.” A regularly updated list of all submitted questions and their answers will be posted on the SDDOH website.


2020-2021 Tobacco Disparities Grant

The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Tobacco Disparities Grant aimed at reducing disparate commercial tobacco use among the following priority populations: youth and young adults, American Indians, pregnant women, Low Socioeconomic Status (SES), and the behavioral health populations. This is a 1-year funding opportunity with a maximum grant award of $25,000 per applicant; the minimum is $5,000.

The funding guidance and application can be found here

Grant Release: January 31, 2020 – NOW OPEN!
Application Deadline: March 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST
Tentative Notice of Award: April 24, 2020
Grant Awards Accepted by Grantee: May 22, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST in Catalyst
Grant Funding Period
: June 1, 2020 – May 1, 2021
Final Reports Due: May 31, 2021

Please contact the Tobacco Disparities Coordinator, Kacee Redden, with any questions at Kacee.redden@state.sd.us or 605-367-7025. 


Implementing and Expanding Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring in South Dakota

Grant Objective: Healthcare facilities can utilize Target: BP, Check. Change. Control, or Million Hearts SMBP programs and guidance to:

  • implement a self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) program within their practice,
  • add additional patients to current SMBP program,
  • or expand to additional providers or sites.*

RFA Release: September 20, 2019 – NOW OPEN!   Word | PDF

RFA Due Date: Application review and award is ongoing until all funding has been awarded

Selection: An estimate of up to 6 facilities will be funded

Project Period: Project period lasts one calendar year, beginning one month after award

Anticipated Award Amount: $5,000 per facility (up to $30,000 total)

Primary Contact: Rachel Sehr, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Coordinator

Primary Contact Email: Rachel.Sehr@state.sd.us

Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to Rachel.Sehr@state.sd.us.

*All awarded initiatives would be developed and implemented with assistance from the 1815 team. 1815 team consists of experts from HealthPOINT, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, and SD Department of Health who have extensive knowledge and experience related to 1. electronic health records, 2. data, workflow, process analysis, 3. strategic plan development and implementation, 4. PDSA cycles, 5. policy and protocol development. Additional partners may be utilized as needed. All team members are available to awarded facilities as a resource for accepted grant activities at no charge to the awardee.


Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration

Grant Application Release: November 2019
Grant Due: NOW CLOSED
Grant Year Period: January 2020 – April 2020
Anticipated Award Amount: No-cost technical assistance and collaboration with SDSU Landscape Architect Students under the direction of Professor Donald Burger. No funds are awarded.

The Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration opportunity provides 1-2 South Dakota communities with technical assistance, provided by SDSU Landscape Architect 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.

Questions? Contact Beth Davis, Physical Activity Coordinator at beth2022@pie.midco.net or (605) 280-2429.


Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grant

Grant Application Release: August 1, 2019
Grant Due Date: NOW CLOSED
Award Notice: September 2019
Grant Year Period: October 1 – December 31, 2019
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $1,000 to 5-10 South Dakota worksites

The Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grant supports the state and federal law by providing 5-10 businesses up to $1,000 to…

  • create a new lactation space,
  • improve an existing lactation space, or
  • come up with innovative, space-saving ideas to meet staff breastfeeding needs for employees primarily working outdoors and/or who frequently travel.

All types and sizes of South Dakota worksites are eligible to apply such as for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, hospitals, clinics, childcare centers, schools, colleges, universities, technical schools, churches, public buildings, pools, parks, recreation centers, etc.

The grant also includes assistance from the SD Department of Health and SDSU Extension on creating a breastfeeding policy, use of the Employer Breastfeeding Accommodation Form, and resource sharing based on your needs and requests.

Questions? Contact Megan Hlavacek with SD Department of Health at Megan.Hlavacek@state.sd.us or Megan Erickson with SDSU Extension at Megan.Erickson@sdstate.edu.