Health Department Announces Grants Available for Local Mosquito Control

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health today announced that cities, counties, and tribes can apply, or reapply, to obtain state grant funding to help control mosquito populations and prevent the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) in their local communities.

South Dakota’s first human case of WNV was reported in 2001, and since then 2,749 cases have been identified, resulting in 49 deaths. Since WNV first emerged, the state has provided millions of dollars in support of local control programs and worked with local partners to best identify and respond to virus spread.

The grant amount available for 2023 is $500,000.

Individual grants will range from $500 to $20,000 and must be used exclusively for local mosquito control programs. Grant awards are based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its number of human cases through the year 2022. To apply for the WNV Prevention grant, all eligible South Dakota city, county, and tribal officials should complete that application located here:   

All applications are due by June 1, 2023, and funding awards will be announced beginning July 1, 2023.

For questions regarding the application for this grant program or any other details, please email