December 2019

collage of photos of kids in 2019 summer reading programs from Lake Andes, Viborg, Midland, Armour, Scotland and Lennox

Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant: Applications Open December 2, 2019

What: A grant program to promote early childhood literacy in the rural South Dakota communities. Funding is made possible from the Stephanie Miller-Davis Charitable Fund, a private donor advised fund from a SD family, in collaboration with the SD State Library and the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Awards: $1000; Library can apply and receive a grant up to three years in a row by reapplying each year.

Eligibility: South Dakota public libraries that are state and federally recognized and in compliance with State statues with LSA population (Legal Service Area) of 5000 or fewer residents for city libraries and under 7500 (LSA) for county libraries. Any South Dakota tribal/public library on any South Dakota reservation regardless of size may apply. South Dakota public school libraries may partner with an eligible public library closest to them and apply jointly. An official 501c3 "Friends of the Library" may apply on behalf of a public library. Applications will be filed through your sponsoring public library's annual report portal: .

Not required, but preference will be given to:

  1. libraries who have sought out or are currently seeking SD State Library voluntary accreditation; and
  2. libraries that send local librarians or trustees to training programs such as Jump Start or participate in online webinars.

How to apply: Applications should be submitted online at . Sign in using your library's annual report account credentials. Select the Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant from the Collection menu.

Contact: Questions please call the South Dakota State Library at 1-800-423-6665 or email Laura Kelly .

Deadline: Completed applications must be received no later than Monday, February 3, 2020. Grant decisions will be communicated by Friday, February 28, 2020.

Questions? Contact:

Children and Youth Services Coordinator

Laura Kelly

1-605-773-3131 (Option 5, 1)