Grants | South Dakota Department of Agriculture


LandscapeThe South Dakota Department of Agriculture can aid in planning and writing grants. This resource is available to small businesses, local governments, producer groups, producers, individuals and anyone with an interest in South Dakota agriculture and rural development. 

Planning and writing a grant takes a considerable amount of time, but the rewards can be worth it if the project is funded. Grants usually require the applicant to provide matching funds.

Click the links below for more information about grants available through SDDA.

Build Our South Dakota Rural Communities Grants

BOSDRC Grant funds for 4-H clubs and FFA/FHA chapters to conduct community development projects. The purpose of the grant program is to get young people involved in local community improvement projects. 

Community Forestry Challenge Grants

These grants are used to fund community forestry projects which solve a specific community forestry problem or demonstrate the importance of trees in our communities.  

Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Grants

Available for projects that demonstrate resource conservation benefits to the state. Any organized conservation district within the state may make an application. Because of limited funding these grants are competitive in nature.

Mountain Pine Beetle Landowner Cost-Share Program

Reimbursement program provided on a first-come, first-served basis for landowners that had their trees marked by crews trained by the SDDA Division of Resource Conservation & Forestry. Reimbursement is capped at a maximum of $10,000 per landowner or group of landowners.

National Organic Program Certification Cost Share Grant

This program reimburses NOP-certified applicants for 75% of the cost associated with certification or re-certification to the National Organic Program, not to exceed $750 during the program year.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

Grants available to state foresters and other appropriate officials to organize, train and equip fire departments in rural area and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires. Funding can be used for such things as refurbishing vehicles obtained through the Firefighter Property Program, fire equipment, fire prevention materials, training, clothing, equipment and some communication devices.

Specialty Crop Block Grant

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)."

Weed and Pest Grants

The Commission may expend weed and pest control funds through grants or contracts to weed and pest county boards, governmental agencies or other entities it considers appropriate for weed and pest control projects.

Wildland Fire Training Grants