The Dakota Value of Sharing
A strong tradition of helping others, "wo' okiye" (helpfulness) has defined the Dakota people for generations. Honoring that tradition, the SMSC contributes to causes, organizations, and tribes across the region, state, and country. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally, and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.
The SMSC has donated more than $350 million to organizations and causes, provided $500 million in economic development loans to other tribes, and contributed millions more to support regional governments and infrastructure. Find out more about our charitable giving in our annual Donation Reports.
Requests must be submitted via our online donation request form. Requests are reviewed on a monthly basis. The entire review process will take a minimum of 8-10 weeks.
Grant Request Guidelines
Grant requests should follow these guidelines:
- Address written requests as “Donation Request” to the SMSC Business Council and include a completed donation request form (see Find Out More below).
- Keep requests to a maximum of five pages.
- Include a detailed description of how the grant will be used.
- Include a budget justification.
- Organizations located on reservations: include tribal council resolution.
- If not a tribal government or a 501(c)(3): Provide the name and contact information of your reliable fiscal agent.
Requests That Will Not Be Considered
The following are examples of requests that the SMSC will not consider funding:
- Requests needed within 90 days.
- Mass-generated requests.
- Second- or third-party requests.
- Beauty, modeling, talent, or beautiful baby contest sponsorships.
- Racing sponsorships of any kind.
- Adult sports team sponsorships.
- Music festival or other entertainment venue sponsorships.
- Rodeo sponsorships.
- People to People Ambassador sponsorships, foreign travel, or any other individual sponsorships.
- Newsletters with donation envelopes attached.
- Film productions.
- Start-up costs.
- Small business grants.
- Fundraising through the sale of advertisements.
No Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donation funds may be used for finders' fees.
2018 Donation Report
In 2018, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided $18 million in donations to other Native American tribes, education and youth services, and charitable organizations across the country.