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Strengthening Civics & History in South Dakota
K-12 Education: Pilot grants

A second round of grants for public schools to pilot programs that focus on strengthening civics/government and history education are now available. Grant requests should demonstrate alignment to state standards in these areas. A total of $125,000 is available for distribution. Completed applications should be submitted to the Department of Education by Sept. 15, 2021. Grantees will be notified in early October.

Applications should align with one or more of the following priorities of the broader history and civics initiative:

  1. Support and increase the capacity of K-12 educators, including at the elementary school level
  2. Provide high-quality, standards-aligned resources for voluntary use in local schools
  3. Provide real-life experiences for students
  4. Foster students who appreciate our country, state and story
  5. Increase students' knowledge and experience so they can engage as informed citizens
  6. Grow students' ability to participate in civil discourse on important issues

Any South Dakota public school is eligible to apply.

Grant Timeframe
The start date for awarded grants is Oct. 1, 2021. The end date is June 30, 2023.

Submission of Application
Submit a completed grant application by Sept. 15, 2021.
For more information about the South Dakota Civics and History initiative, contact the Department of Education at (605) 773-3134.

Grants awarded in round one
School/district Grant amount Project
Chamberlain High School $3,228.80 Students will learn about South Dakota fallen heroes from WWII by researching their service and writing and recording eulogies at their gravesites in the Black Hills National Cemetery. Students will also participate in the National History Day competition.
Dell Rapids High School $11,439.75 Purchase materials for and implement We the People program. Professional development for K-12 teachers.
Madison Central Middle/High School $18,059.54 Purchase materials for and implement We the People program. Professional development for K-12 teachers.
McIntosh Middle School $9,645 Students will participate in National History Day competition. Provide teachers professional development. Field trips and speakers related to the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards.
Mitchell School District (elementary and middle schools) $15,525 Purchase one-year subscription to Newsela for grades 1-8.
Vermillion High School $17,160 Enhance curriculum in high school history, literature, and Native American culture courses. Develop new high school course: Great Plains/SD History. Field trips to local sites. Guest speakers.