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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.

South Dakota Walkable Communities‘ 2022 Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration


The South Dakota Department of Health will provide one South Dakota community (or two communities as an inter-community project) with technical assistance (provided by South Dakota State University Landscape Architect Students) in conducting active transportation assessments and providing recommendations for improving the built environment to increase walkability and bike-ability within that community or joint communities.

Release Date: January, 2022
Application Deadline: February 4, 2022 at 5:00pm CST
Tentative Notice of Award: by March 1, 2022
Project Period: March–May 2022

Selection: One (1) South Dakota community (or two communities as an inter-community project)

Anticipated Award: Technical assistance in conducting active transportation assessments and recommendations for improving the built environment.

Eligibility Criteria: Communities, led by elected officials and city/tribal leaders, interested in the implementation of healthy community design strategies and integrating physical activity into daily routines through active transportation principles. Applicants are highly encouraged to consider the specific walkability needs and challenges of priority populations when completing the applications.

Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to Beth Davis at

Primary Contact: Beth Davis

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


Objective: Facilities could utilize American Medical Association and Johns Hopkins Blood Pressure Control Program, Healthy Heart Ambassador Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring*, Check. Change. Control, Million Hearts SMBP, Target: BP or similar program guidance to implement SMBP within their practice, add additional patients to current program, or expand to additional providers or sites.+

Request for Application Release: October 21, 2021
Request for Application Due Date: June 1, 2022
Anticipated Award Amount: $20,000 per location with up to $2,500 available for purchase of blood pressure cuffs
Primary Contact: Rachel Sehr, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Coordinator
Primary Contact Email:
Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to

*Healthy Heart Ambassador Program is for non-clinical locations only.

+All awarded initiatives would be developed and implemented with assistance from the 1815 team. 1815 team consists of experts from South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) and SD Department of Health who have knowledge and experience related to 1) data, workflow, process analysis, 2) strategic plan development and implementation, 3) PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) cycles, and 4) policy and protocol development. Additional partners may be utilized as needed. All team members are available to awarded facilities as a resource for accepted activities at no cost to the awardee.

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Communities That Care Funding Opportunity


The Communities That Care funding opportunity is a community-based prevention system proven to reduce youth health and behavior problems aimed at preventing, reducing or responding to risk factors like substance abuse, overdose and suicide. CTC helps local community groups develop community-specific prevention plans based on their unique levels of behavioral health problems and risk and protective factors. CTC’s 5-phase process provides communities with a step-by-step guide and tools to build a high functioning community prevention coalition, develop a community profile utilizing a community youth survey, create a community action plan for prevention work, and eventually implement and evaluate activities. For more information on CTC, please visit their website:

Grant Release: October 1, 2021
Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED
Tentative Notice of Award: December 3, 2021
Grant Funding Period: January 1, 2022 – December 2023 (2 years)
Final Reports Due: December 31, 2022 & December 31, 2023

Anticipated Award Amount: $75,000 per calendar year per community

Number of Awards: Up to 10 communities will be funded

Eligibility Criteria: Preference will be given to rural communities or those identified as one of the 13 high-risk counties in the South Dakota Vulnerability Assessment. These counties include: Brown, Charles Mix, Corson, Buffalo, Dewey, Hughes, Lyman, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Oglala Lakota, Todd and Yankton. All other communities are still encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to

Primary Contact: Liz Marso  

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WorkWell Mental Health Grant 


The South Dakota Department of Health is excited to release the 2021-2022 WorkWell Mental Health Grant. All South Dakota businesses starting a mental health program or expanding a current program are eligible to apply! This is an opportunity for you to become a worksite that values mental wellness and fosters a supportive work culture through organizational, environmental, and individual interventions.

Grant Funds Awarded: $2,000-$5,000 per worksite

Grant Release: October 2021      

Grant Submission Deadline: NOW CLOSED

Grant Selection: November 2021

Grant Year Period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Eligibility Criteria:

Programs often focus on mental wellness interventions at the individual, environmental, or organizational levels.

Organizational Level

  • NAMI StigmaFree Company Pledge. 
  • Stipend for Wellness Coordinator’s time.

Environmental Level

  • Building renovations strictly for classes (yoga, meditation, mindfulness) or a stress-reduction room.
  • Promotional & communication materials used on-site in break rooms etc.

Individual Level

  • Offering onsite/virtual mental health focused classes.
  • Partnering with local business to help provide gift cards for relaxation and stress-reduction activities.

Interventions listed can be used to strengthen your mental health initiative; however, you are also encouraged to seek other interventions not listed that would be most suitable and sustainable for your worksite. The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) StigmaFree Company Pledge is not a requirement, but strongly encouraged.  Worksites are allowed to select more than one intervention.

Primary Contact: Matt Tribble

Primary Contact Email:

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Good & Healthy Community Grant


The Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (OCDPHP) within the SD Department of Health (SD DOH) is committed to helping communities in South Dakota implement evidence-based chronic disease prevention and health promotion strategies to improve where they live, work, learn and play. The Good & Healthy Community Grant is designed to support local community and organization-based efforts, foster collaboration among organizations, and support the mission of the SD DOH, which is to promote, protect and improve the health of every South Dakotan.

A community health needs assessment (CHNA) is required of all applicants. Please reference the Grant Guidance document below for detailed information on CHNA and other application requirements.

Grant Release: February 1, 2021 
Submission Deadline:
Project Period:
 June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2023
Anticipated Award Amount: 
$5,000 minimum; $125,000 maximum
Grant Application Files:

Good & Healthy Community Grant Guidance
Good & Healthy Community Grant Catalyst Walk-through
Good & Healthy Community Grant Budget Worksheet – Year 1

Tobacco Disparities Grant


The Disparities Grant is to promote health equity by incorporating a long-term change aimed at reducing disparate tobacco use among the following SD TCP priority populations: youth and young adults, American Indians, pregnant and postpartum women, people of low socioeconomic status (SES), and people with behavioral health conditions. You may find all of the information for the 2021-2022 Tobacco Disparities Grant at:  The 2021-2022 SD TCP Disparities Grant application release date is Friday, January 29, 2021. Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted and finalized in Catalyst no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on March 26, 2021.

Grant Release: January 29, 2021
Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED
Tentative Notice of Award: April 23, 2021
Grant Awards Accepted by: May 21, 2021, 5:00 p.m. CST in Catalyst
Grant Funding Period
: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Final Reports Due: May 31, 2022

WorkWell Grant


Grant Release: February 1, 2021
Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED
Grant Year Period: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Grant Selection: April 2021
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2,000 per worksite
Grant Application Files: Word | PDF

The South Dakota Department of Health is excited to release the 2021-2022 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. 

Eligibility Criteria: A menu of nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-cessation, and heart disease and stroke prevention interventions are listed in the application.

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

Funding must be used to implement one or more interventions from this menu. Eligible projects will be awarded up to $2,000. Worksites starting a wellness program or expanding a current program are eligible to apply. 

Primary Contact: Enid Weiss, Worksite Wellness Coordinator
Primary Contact Email: 

Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grant


Grant Application Release: August 2019
Application Due Date: NOW CLOSED
Grant Year Period: October 1 – February 28, 2020
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 or Megan Erickson with SDSU Extension at

Sun Safety for Child Care Programs Funding Opportunity


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: NOW CLOSED
Project Period: May 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to


Staff will be available to answer questions, review grant applications and provide recommendations for revisions until March 26.

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Funding Available to Implement Cancer Prevention and Control Efforts


The South Dakota Department of Health’s Cancer Programs are seeking applications that support the South Dakota Cancer Plan, focus on evidence-based intervention implementation, and promote equitable and accessible cancer prevention, early detection, and cancer survivorship efforts in South Dakota.

Eligibility Criteria: Eligible applicants include organizations that have the capacity to implement the required interventions. Eligibility includes, but is not limited to, federally qualified healthcare centers, health plans, healthcare clinics, healthcare systems, cancer treatment centers, healthcare professional organizations, Indian Health Service, non-profits, quality improvement organizations, school-based healthcare clinics, tribal health centers, universities, coalitions, and worksites.

Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED
Anticipated Award Amount: Applicants may request up to $25,000.
Project Period: July 1, 2021 – June 29, 2022
Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to

Application Assistance: Staff are available to support potential applicants throughout the application period. Staff can answer questions, brainstorm project ideas, review draft applications, and more. Click here to request assistance.

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