Donations & Grants

Donations & Grants

The Dakota Value of Sharing

Guided by a strong tradition of helping others, the value of wόokiya (generosity and helping) has defined the Dakota people for generations. Honoring that tradition, the SMSC contributes to causes, organizations, and tribes across the region, state, and country—and is among the top charitable givers in Minnesota and Indian Country as a whole.

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.

New Portal!

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.

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:

  1. CREATING AN ACCOUNT
  2. MY APPLICANT PROFILE
  3. SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
  4. OBJECTIVES
  5. BUDGET TOOLS
  6. MY APPLICATION
  7. PERFORMANCE TOOLS
  8. GRANT ACTIVITIES

Click the link below to start your application!

Apply Now

DO NOT MAIL OR EMAIL REQUESTS. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE ONLINE PORTAL.

Please note, if you have received funds from the SMSC since 2016, your account has already been created. Please contact Charitable Giving Specialist Kelsey Scares The Hawk at donations@shakopeedakota.org to access your account.

For questions or comments, please contact Charitable Giving Specialist Kelsey Scares The Hawk at donations@shakopeedakota.org.

2019 Donation Report

In 2019, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided $15 million in donations for education, youth activities, health care programs, legal aid, community development and infrastructure, women’s health, arts and culture, local communities, environmental protection, and much more.

Find Out More

Learn More About the SMSC

Read about our people or visit our frequently asked questions for additional information about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

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.