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South Dakota Jobs Grant Program

Purpose:

This program is available to assist companies in offsetting the upfront costs associated with relocating or expanding operations and/or upgrading equipment in South Dakota.  The program allows for project owners to receive a South Dakota Jobs Grant for new or expanded facilities with project costs less than $20,000,000, or for equipment upgrades with project costs less than $2,000,000.

Who is Eligible:

Companies pursuing new or expanded facilities with a total project cost of less than $20,000,000 or equipment upgrades with a total project cost of less than $2,000,000 are eligible to apply to the Board of Economic Development for a South Dakota Jobs Grant under this program.  One of the key criteria considered by the board when approving or denying an application is the likelihood the project would have occurred without the South Dakota Jobs Grant.  South Dakota Jobs Grants are intended for projects that would not have occurred without the grant.  The following projects are not eligible for a South Dakota Jobs Grant:
  • Buildings or structures used predominantly for the sale of products at retail, other than the sale of electricity at retail, to individual consumers;
  • Buildings or structures used predominantly for residential housing or transient lodging;
  • Buildings or structures used predominantly to provide health care services;
  • Buildings or structures used predominantly for the transportation or transmission of natural gas, oil, or crude oil by means of a pipeline; or
  • Buildings or structures that are not subject ad valorem real property taxation or equivalent taxes measured by gross receipts.

How it Works:

The project owner applies to the Board of Economic Development for a South Dakota Jobs Grant no later than 90 days after starting construction.  If the board approves the application, the project owner must comply with the conditions of the approval, to include the payment of all taxes it owes on the project before it receives the grant.  At the conclusion of the project the project owner files an Affidavit for South Dakota Jobs Grant with GOED, and if all of the conditions of the grant have been met, GOED issues the grant to the project owner.  The following steps outline the process in more detail:  
  1. Timely file an application with GOED within 90 days of start of construction.
  2. After GOED has received the completed application, the applicant may make a written request to GOED for the board to take action to approve or deny its application.
  3. Within 90 days of board approval of the application, the applicant shall accept the approval in writing.
  4. Within 30 days after written acceptance is received, GOED shall issue a permit entitling the applicant to submit an Affidavit for South Dakota Jobs Grant.
  5. Construction on the project begins.  The applicant is required to notify GOED within 30 days from the date of construction.
  6. Applicant files quarterly progress reports as required by GOED.
  7. Applicant submits the Affidavit for South Dakota Jobs Grant with GOED, along with any required conditions of the approval, within six months of completion of project.
  8. The payment will be remitted within 90 days of receipt of the affidavit and required information.

Applications

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