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State Historical Society announces spring Deadwood Fund grant applications

The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the first round of the 2022 Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Feb. 1, 2022, for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2022. 

Grant forms are available online at

The program is designed to encourage restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties by individuals, organizations, or public agencies, according to State Historian Ben Jones, director of the State Historical Society, whose historic preservation office administers the program.

Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. The grant amount must be matched at least on a dollar-for-dollar basis from nonfederal and nonstate sources. Nonprofit organizations will be allowed to use in-kind services for one-half of their match.

In 2020, $111,250 was awarded among eight projects, which had matching funds of $432,524. The resulting total public-private investment equaled $543,774.

Funding for the program is from Deadwood gaming revenue earmarked by state law for historic preservation projects throughout the state and distributed by the State Historical Society.

The second round of 2022 applications will be due Oct. 1, 2022, for work beginning no earlier than Jan. 1, 2023.

For more information on the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Deadwood Fund grant program, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone 605-773-3458; email For information on becoming a member of the State Historical Society call 605-773-6000 or email

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 2013, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing, and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

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