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.


Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration

Grant Objective:  The Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration opportunity provides 1-2 South Dakota communities with technical assistance on conducting active transportation assessments and recommendations for improving the built environment to increase walkability and active transportation. This is a no-cost technical assistance opportunity, in collaboration with SDSU Landscape Architect Students under the direction of Professor Donald Burger. No funds are awarded to selected communities.

Grant Application Release: January 4th, 2021
Grant Due Date:
February 5th, 2021
Grant Project Period:
March – May 2021
Grant Application Files:
WORD | PDF

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.  Applicants are highly encouraged to consider the specific walkability needs and challenges of priority populations when completing the applications.

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


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

Grant Objective: Healthcare facilities can utilize Target: BP, Check. Change. Control, Million Hearts SMBP, or American Medical Association/John Hopkins Blood Pressure Control 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: January 1, 2021 

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

Selection: An estimated minimum of 3 facilities will be funded

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

Anticipated Award Amount: $20,000 per facility (up to $60,000 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 DSU – CAHIT 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, and 5. policy and protocol development. Additional partners may be utilized as needed. All team members are available to awarded facilities/organizations as a resource for accepted grant activities at no charge to the awardee.

View the Full Instructions and Application


WorkWell Grant

Grant Release: February 2020
Grant Deadline: NOW CLOSED!
Grant Year Period: June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2,000 per worksite

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: 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

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


Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grant

Grant Application Release: August 2019
Grant 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 Megan.Hlavacek@state.sd.us or Megan Erickson with SDSU Extension at Megan.Erickson@sdstate.edu.