Event Funding Program

The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is proud to sponsor up to $20,000 in local community events organized by member businesses and organizations annually!

Event Funding Program

Event Funding Program


Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau receives and distributes up to $20,000 in event grant dollars from the City of Sturgis to local businesses and organizations each year. These dollars are awarded to Sturgis area businesses and organizations that wish to organize an event 1) within City of Sturgis city limits, and 2) within the 2024 calendar year.

Preference is given to events that can best fulfill the following goal(s):

  • Primary Goal:  Bring visitors to the Sturgis community to support the local economy.
  • Secondary Goal:  Enhance Sturgis area residents' quality of life.

An Event Funding Committee comprised of three Sturgis Area Chamber Board of Directors members reviews applications and allocates funds on a case-by-case basis. Allocations are made completely at the committee’s discretion. Committee preferences and processes may vary from year to year.

Please see the 2024 application for full submission instructions as well as the full award notification and disbursement process.

How to Apply

An updated application is released at the beginning of the year annually. Applications are accepted throughout the year until event funding is used up - funds are awarded on a case-by-case, first-come/first-served basis. The 2024 Event Grant Application is currently open!

Download 2024 Application

Recent Event Funding Recipients Include:

  • Bronc & Bull Riding Event (Wild Horses Building Champions, Inc.)
  • Sturgis Mustang Rally (Sturgis Mustang Rally, Inc.)
  • Sturgis Community Cinema (SEDC)
  • Black Hills 100 Ultramarathon (Dakota Endurance, LLC)
  • Fast Draw South Dakota Championship (World Fast Draw Association)
  • Kids Drama & Music Camp (Sturgis Area Arts Council)
  • Meade County Fair (Meade County Fair Association)
  • SWMS "Lion King Jr." Drama Production (SWMS Drama)