About the Fund
The City of Rapid City is proud to support the arts and culture sector in furthering our city’s collective sense of civic purpose and pride. Created by the city, the goal of the City Arts Investment Fund is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations with the purpose of providing arts and cultural opportunities for the people of Rapid City. Grants may be used as general operating support to provide or present performing or visual arts or other cultural programming to the public. The Arts Investment Fund (AIF) is managed by the Rapid City Arts Council (RCAC), the city's designated arts agency, on behalf of the Rapid City community.
For 2023, the city has budgeted $130,000 to the AIF. Five arts/cultural organizations receive annual AIF grants by ordinance or in agreement with the city. The budget increase of $30,000 for 2023 is designated for these specific organizations, including: Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, Dakota Choral Union, Minnilusa Historical Association & Pioneer Museum, Rapid City Municipal Band, and the Rapid City Ranger Band. The Rapid City Arts Council receives no more than 10% for the purposes of assisting the city in initiating, promoting and encouraging public programs to further the development, awareness of, and interest in the arts; to act in an advisory capacity in connection with the Rapid City Cultural Plan; and to administer AIF and distribute funds on behalf of the Rapid City community.
All remaining funds are available to general applicants. In 2023, general applicants may submit requests for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
Annually, any award depends on the total annual budget for the fund as approved by the Common Council. Applications are reviewed and scored by an RCAC committee that serves to recommend awards. Grant awards are dispersed by RCAC in four (4) equal quarterly installments based on the timing of city disbursements. RCAC does not control timing of city funds.
Purpose of the AIF
I. Allowable Grant Activities
AIF does not fund the following:
Organizations (a) identified as municipal organizations in City of Rapid City Code of Ordinances, Title 2, Chapter 2.84, (b) made eligible through an agreement with the City of Rapid City, or (c) organizations meeting all of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
IV. Application Requirements
Confidentiality: Application materials are considered confidential and are shared with RCAC staff, Board Directors and committee members, and city officials strictly for the purposes of determining grant awards.
V. Submission Information
VI. Selection Criteria
The RCAC’s Arts Investment Fund (AIF) Committee reviews applications and recommends grant awards once the review process is complete. This committee includes RCAC board members, officers, city council members, and community leaders (individuals interested in participating in the AIF Committee may express interest at: firstname.lastname@example.org). The review process includes scoring of applications based on the following expectations:
VII. Award Requirements
VIII. Award Administration
Important Dates & Information
The deadline for submitting inquiries (questions/clarification) about this grant has passed.
2022 Grant Recipients
Black Hills Chamber Music Society, $3,726
Black Hills Community Theatre, $8,279
Black Hills Symphony Orchestra*, $19,663
Cave Collective, $3,000
Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, $3,726
Dakota Artists Guild, $828
Dakota Choral Union*, $10,349
Minnilusa Historical Assoc & Pioneer Museum**, $5,988
Rapid City Municipal Band*, $18,110
Rapid City Ranger Band*, $10,349
Rushmore Music Festival, $4,657
Backroom Productions, $3,726
*Funding by City Ordinance
**Funding by City Agreement