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The Chiesman Fund supports research and civic education activities addressing the issues of democracy, democratic principles and active civic engagement. We also support activities encouraging active and informed engagement in the democratic process or promoting civic competence and responsibility among South Dakota’s citizens and leaders. Proposals for grants should clearly and specifically address one or more of these purposes. Expected awards will range from $500 to $2000. We hope to fund 10-15 proposals.

Chiesman Educational Grant

The Allene R. Chiesman Center for Democracy invites grant proposals from South Dakota K-12 and post-secondary educators for educational projects in fall 2020 or spring 2021. (Non-profit organizations designing materials or programs for K-12 schools are also eligible). Though not required for funding, we particularly encourage projects which incorporate ideas and activities from KidsVoting USA or Get Out the Vote campaigns.

Proposals of 2-3 pages should include:

  • A detailed description of the educational project
  • A brief explanation of its importance
  • An anticipated timeline for completion
  • A detailed budget for all project expenses and other sources of funding (your budget does not count against your proposal page limit)

Chiesman Educational Grant Proposal

Chiesman Civic Engagement Grant

The Allene R. Chiesman Center for Democracy invites grant proposals from South Dakota non-profit organizations supporting civic engagement, voter education and voter turnout.

Proposals of 2-3 pages should include:

  • A detailed description of the project including how it supports the purposes stated above
  • A brief explanation of its importance
  • An anticipated timeline for completion
  • A detailed budget for all project expenses and other sources of funding (your budget does not count against your proposal page limit)

Chiesman Civic Engagement Grant Proposal

Project Evaluation

Funded projects will also be expected to conduct an evaluation of the project. Ideas for this may be included in the proposal but the Chiesman Center is also able to help grant recipients in designing appropriate evaluations. Recipients will be required to submit a brief project report upon project completion. 

Proposal Submission

Proposals should be submitted to Laura.Wiemers@usd.edu. Any questions about the grant or proposal process can be directed to Shane.Nordyke@usd.edu. Please designate Chiesman Educational Grant or Chiesman Civic Engagement Grant in the subject line.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of these proposals is Oct. 12, 2020 by 5 p.m. The Chiesman Center for Democracy will announce its decisions on the proposals on or before Oct. 16, 2020.