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.

Cancer Program’s Implementation Grant RFA

The South Dakota Department of Health’s Cancer Programs are pleased to announce the release of the Implementation Grant Request for Applications (RFA). The programs are soliciting applications that support the 2015-2020 South Dakota Cancer Plan, focus on evidence-based intervention implementation, and promote cancer prevention, early detection, or 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: 5:00pm CT on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Anticipated Award Amount: Applicants may request up to $20,000. It is anticipated that 3-4 applicants will be funded.

Project Period: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

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 5:00pm CT on November 4, 2019.

View the Full Instructions and Application

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  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:

Application Procedure: Applications are due via electronic submission to

*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.

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 or Megan Erickson with SDSU Extension at

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