South Dakota TANF

South Dakota TANF is a temporary public assistance program for low-income families with children under age 18.

The primary focus of the program is to help families help themselves “move from welfare to work” by

  1. Promoting family responsibility and accountability
  2. Encouraging self-sufficiency through work

In addition to help finding work, South Dakota families with serious financial needs may qualify for TANF monthly cash payments.

In South Dakota, a single mother of two children may receive up to $615 per month but may vary based on who lives with the family, who is eligible in the household and other income available to the family.


As a condition of eligibility, South Dakota requires TANF applicants to work in allowable work activities a minimum of 30 hours each week.

If you have a child under age 6, you are required to participate in an approved work activity for an average of 20 hours per week.


TANF is a work program. You begin the application process with an employment specialist, unless you are not required to participate in a work program.

Your eligibility is, however, handled by a caseworker at your local DSS office who will determine if you qualify for the program.