The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) funds the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program, which provides funding for researchers, educators and naturalists to carry out projects focused on native wildlife. This program is offered on an annual basis contingent on funding being available. Funding for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program is provided by GFP's Division of Wildlife.
The emphasis of funded projects varies from year to year. For example, in 2015 it focused on monitoring and inventory of native wildlife species and their habitat.