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$345 Million In Grants Up For Grabs As State Scrambles To Spend COVID Aid

Governor Kristi Noem

Up to $345 million in additional pandemic relief grants are available to South Dakotans, Gov. Kristi Noem has announced.

The application deadline is in a few days.

The new grants are leftover money from $1.25 billion in coronavirus relief aid that Congress gave to South Dakota in March. Much of that money went to state and local government agencies, and schools.

An initial round of grants for businesses, nonprofits and healthcare providers did not receive enough applications to spend all the money earmarked for the grants. A new round of grant applications for those same groups opened Monday. It will close Sunday.

The new grants address COVID-related losses and expenses suffered this fall. The previous grants covered the spring and summer.

State officials are scrambling to spend the money before a year-end deadline imposed by Congress.

To apply or get more information, click the “Small Business & Healthcare Grants” link at

-Contact SDPB reporter Seth Tupper by email.