Community Incentives Matching Program

Grant Awards
The Workforce Development Council met Dec. 17 and 18, 2014 to discuss the proposals, hear community presentations and make recommendations for the Governor. View Council agenda

View community applications

As announced by Governor Daugaard in September 2014, state government will partner with communities across South Dakota to help meet community-specific workforce development needs.  In developing its application, each community’s business, education, government and other sectors must work together to develop a community cross-sector plan. The Community Incentives Matching program will provide a one-time grant to match 1:1 community dollars to help implement that plan.

Up to $1 million in Future Funds will be awarded in December 2014. Community matching funds must be in cash, not in-kind, but a community does not need to have their matching funds available until March 31, 2015. In the event matching funds are not available for a funded proposal by that date, the state will review previously non-funded proposals for possible funding.

The community must spend the majority of its match before the State will disburse the first tranche of Future Funds. The last 10 percent of State funding will be advanced to the community after it provides the Workforce Development Council a final report, to include performance indicators and activity to date. 

Application Form
The application form (Microsoft Word format) requires the following items to be identified and completed:

  • Fiscal agent (and primary representative, if different)

  • Lead representative from each sector

  • Request amount

  • Match detail – amount and sourcing

  • Budget detail

  • Narrative description of the project

  • Consultant report checklist (if completed)

The narrative may be no longer than five pages. In addition to detailing the targeted workforce need and the proposed activity addressing this need, it should also discuss the process the community used to determine this need and how other community sectors were involved.  

Deadline: Submit to no later than 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

View Frequently Asked Questions document (in Adobe PDF format).

Contact Dawn Dovre at 605.773.3094 or

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Cross-sector involvement

  • Practicality

  • Scope of impact

  • Ability to replicate in other communities

  • Timeline

  • Quality of matching funding

  • Effectiveness measures

  • Sustainability within the community

  • Consistency with statewide initiatives