Donations & Grants

Donations & Grants

The Dakota Value of Sharing

Welcome to the SMSC’s new donation and grant request portal! We have been working hard to implement an upgraded technology platform to improve the overall experience for requestees. We appreciate your continued patience as we work through this new process over the coming months. To get started, we recommend reviewing the quick-reference guides below to help you complete your application.

Types of Funding Available

Non-Cash Donations

  • Non-monetary items such as water, silent auction items.
  • All organizations are eligible to apply for this category.

Donations (other organizations may call it a mini grant or grant)

  • Monetary funding which is received all at once.
  • All organizations are eligible to apply for this category.


  • Funding is released on a payment schedule, possibly over several months to years and encompasses larger projects.
  • Only Tribal governments, Native American organizations, and Native American serving schools may apply.

Each organization is eligible to submit only one (1) request for monetary and one non-cash per fiscal year (oct-sept). The system will not allow you to resubmit once your application has been awarded or denied.

Types of requests that may be considered for funding

  • Cultural Programming & Support
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Program Support
  • Environmental & Sustainability
  • Event and/or Program Sponsorship
  • General Program Support
  • Health & Wellness Programming & Support
  • Holiday Support

Types of requests that will not be considered for funding

  • Requests needed within 45 days
  • Requests submitted by volunteers who do not sit on an organization's committee or board
  • Mass-generated requests
  • Individual or Personal requests for any purpose (e.g., scholarships, hardship assistance, field trips, or beauty pageants)
  • Second or third-party funding and/or funding for redistribution to other organizations
  • Racing, rodeo, adult sports team sponsorships
  • Music festival, film productions, or other entertainment venue sponsorships
  • People to People ambassador sponsorships
  • Foreign travel or any other individual sponsorships
  • Start-up costs or investments
  • Small business grants
  • Fundraising through the sale of advertisements
  • Stipends, salary/hourly pay, administrative and benefits costs (any pay that would directly go to a person)
  • Organizations that spend more than 25% of their operating budget on administrative overhead and fundraising costs
  • Requests to fund the majority or total cost of a project. Diversification of funding is required for a request.
  • Feasibility, consulting, or contractual fees
  • Alcohol related events (i.e. wine tasting fundraiser)
  • Political groups or organizations
  • Finders' fees

Helpful Tips:

  • Update your applicant profile before you start a new application.
  • Upload all required documents before starting your application to help save time.
  • Read the Budget Instructions when filling out the Budget Template.
  • To view the status of an application, go to My Applicant Profile and click "Award Status.”

Helpful PDFs:


Before creating an account, please reach out to see if an account for your organization was integrated into the new system. All questions or comments can be directed to

Click the link below to access your account.

GrantVantage Portal Access

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Donations & Giving

Take a look at past donations and the philanthropic efforts of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to see the impact of our giving, and how giving back has always been a part of our culture.