Argus Leader: Grants to aid homelessness, higher education

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Jill Callison of the Argus Leader wrote an article covering the $71,950 awarded to nonprofits on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Sioux Falls. 

Read the full article here

Six grants were awarded from the Community Innovation Grant program, which is a partnership with the St. Paul, MN-based Bush Foundation. The remaining two checks were South Dakota Fund grants.

Grant checks were presented to the following organizations: 

  • The St. Francis House received $7,450 to develop a permanent solution for those experiencing homelessness by providing a more effective service-delivery system to connect individuals and families to resources.
  • Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota was awarded a $7,500 grant to host a "Back to School Rally" aimed at recruiting volunteers for its "Everyday Heroes" mentoring program. The program connects 1,700 caring volunteers with children who need a friend and role model. 
  • Kilian Community College received a $10,000 grant to address, with the assistance of partners in the community, the lack of support or knowledge regarding higher education and the opportunities it could provide for a growing number of students.
  • Dakota Resources of Renner was awarded a $10,000 grant to develop a statewide sustainability plan to expand its resource base and have a greater impact on rural South Dakota communities.
  • Abbott House of Mitchell was presented with a $10,000 grant to enhance its Therapeutic Foster Care services through the development of The Bridges Program, which will assist youth aging out of the foster care system.
  • The Centerville Development Corporation was awarded $10,000 to work with a network of potential housing partners and develop a strategic housing plan that will address the issues identified in a recently conducted housing needs study.
  • The Sioux Falls Family YMCA received $12,000 to assist with furnishing costs for the organization’s “New Day New YMCA” transformation project.
  • Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota was presented with a $5,000 grant to purchase furnishings for the Center for New Americans program, allowing the organization to expand its capacity to serve Sioux Falls residents who are new to the United States. 

Nonprofits who are working to make life better South Dakotans can apply for a Community Innovation Grant or a South Dakota Fund grant today.