Mary Chilton DAR Foundation

Regular Grants

General Description

Regular Grants are awarded in amounts of between $1,000 and $15,000. Grants are awarded only to recipients located in South Dakota for projects within the state.

Purpose and Qualification

The purpose of a Regular Grant should be to promote: historical interest; the preservation of historic memorabilia and items of historical significance; genealogical activities; the study and understanding of American history, heritage, institutions or traditions; or the ideals of patriotism, democracy and liberty.

The present focus of the Foundation is to assist museums, historical societies and libraries. The Foundation also provides seed money for innovative programs, including action and research projects in South Dakota.

Grant projects may:

  • Promote historical interest and the preservation, cataloguing and display of historic memorabilia and items of historical significance;
  • Promote the support and expansion of local museums and the programs sponsored by them-including the support of historic pageants or re-enactments;
  • Promote ideals of patriotism, democratic ideals (such as traveling programs, speakers, essay or speaking contests relating to such areas);
  • Promote the study and recording of genealogical data and the expansion of genealogical libraries;
  • Support for citizen naturalization programs;
  • Provide unique educational opportunities not offered in existing programs.

The foregoing is not intended to be an exhaustive list of activities which may be supported by Foundation grants, nor is it intended that all of these mentioned in the specific forms described will be undertaken. The Foundation will consider requests like those listed along with other innovative ideas that applicants submit to the Board for funding approval.

A Regular Grant must relate to the purposes of the NSDAR, the Chapter and the Foundation.

Regular Grants must have the potential to make a genuine, effective contribution to the advancement of American patriotism, education, historic preservation or genealogical activities.

The Foundation is NOT accepting applications for student scholarships.


Regular Grants are awarded in amounts of between $1,000 and $15,000.

Application Schedule

Applications must be received by the following schedule:

January 5th for a mid-March award;
May 5th for a mid-July award;
September 5th for a mid-November award.

Applications received after the deadline will be held for consideration at the next application deadline.

Application Form

The Grant Application Form must be printed and mailed (Do not send via certified mail). The Grant Application Form cannot be submitted electronically. When completing the Grant Application please refer to the Grant Application Instructions. The Foundation strongly recommends printing a copy of the Application Instructions for use when completing the Grant Application.

Mary Chilton DAR Foundation
Regular Grant Application Form

Application Instructions

Mary Chilton DAR Foundation
Regular Grant Application Instructions

Submission of Application

An application package consists of a completed Grant Application Form with original signature(s) and any additional materials plus six (6) photocopies of the completed application including any additional materials for a total of seven (7).
The original Grant Application Form and six copies of the application should be sent by U.S. mail to the Foundation at the following address:

Mary Chilton DAR Foundation
PO Box 90716
Sioux Falls, SD 57109-0716

Policies Regarding Regular Grants

All grants must meet and comply with the policies established by the Foundation.

Click Here for Foundation Grant Policies.

In addition applicants should be aware of the following Grant policies.

Where applicable, the grant recipient should be able to ensure continuance of a successful project upon completion of the grant.

The Foundation gives particular consideration to applications in which a grant award from the Foundation is matched by contributions from other sources, including in kind contributions.

The Foundation gives particular consideration to grant projects which involve participation of members of the applicant's community.

Applications for a grant to fund a portion of a larger project should specify the specific portion of the total project to be funded by the Regular Grant.

Additional policies and information are included in the Instructions to the Grant Application Form.

All pages and additional materials must be on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

Do not put applications inside covers, binders, folders or notebooks of any type.

For More Information

Inquiries related to the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation's grant-making policies and procedures should be directed to:

Mary Chilton DAR Foundation
PO Box 90716
Sioux Falls, SD 57109-0716

The Foundation does not have a full time staff. Responses to questions can be expected within 5-7 days.


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