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Fall Deadwood Fund Grant Applications Available

Applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program through the South Dakota State Historical Society are now available. Applications should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1st for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1st. 

South Dakota Historic Preservation Director Ted Spencer says the grant program is designed to encourage large-scale restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties by individuals, organizations, or public agencies.

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

Last year, the program awarded a total of $151,050 among 11 projects which had matching funds of $434,547.91. The resulting total public-private investment was $585,597.91.

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 first-round of 2023 applications will be due on Feb. 1, 2023. Grant forms are available online at

For more information on the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Deadwood Fund grant program, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at 605-773-3458 or by e-mailing

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, 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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