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.

Funding Available to Implement Cancer Prevention and Control Efforts

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.

Application Release: NOW OPEN!
Application Deadline: May 6, 2020 at 5:00pm CT
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $20,000. It is anticipated that 3-4 applicants will be funded.
Project Period: July 1, 2020 – June 29, 2021

View the Full Instructions and Application

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 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 on May 4th, 2020.

Child Care Sun Safety Grant

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. A model sun safety policy was developed by the program to support child care programs in developing a sun safe environment to reduce the burden of skin cancer.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020 at 5:00pm CT
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $500 per physical location, with up to 10 applicants funded
Project Period: May 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020

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.

Application Procedure: The funding guidance and application can be found here.  Applications are due via electronic submission to

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

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 or 605-367-7025. 

2020-2021 Community/School
Partnership Grant

The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program is pleased to announce the Community/School Partnership Grant aimed at linking school and community tobacco prevention and control efforts in order to achieve maximum impact. Partnership efforts are led by both community and school representatives and implement activities that impact both local school districts and the community-at-large.

The funding guidance and application can be found here

Grant Release: March 4, 2020
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020, 5:00 pm CT
Tentative Notice of Award: May 20, 2020
Grant Funding Period: June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Final Reports Due: May 31, 2021

Please submit any requests for technical assistance or questions via email to Dee Dee Dugstad at using the subject line “Community/School Partnership Grant Question” in your email.

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:

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.

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

Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration

Grant Application Release: November 2019
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 or (605) 280-2429.

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 or Megan Erickson with SDSU Extension at