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Round 2 2018 Community Innovation Grant Recipients Announced

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Round 2 of the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) 2018 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) program has been completed. Fourteen South Dakota nonprofits will receive grant awards. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state.

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Celebrating Sioux Falls and Surrounding Area Nonprofits

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A luncheon, sponsored by the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) was held July 24, 2018 at the Sioux Falls Seminary. It was a celebration of the partnerships established between the SDCF and fifty-three nonprofit organizations in Sioux Falls and its surrounding area. Over the past eighteen months these organizations were awarded over $500,000 from the Foundation’s South Dakota Fund, Community Innovation Grant Program and Nonprofit Savings Accounts.

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Safe Bars….Providing Another Tool

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“By enabling a local team to be trained in delivering Safe Bars curriculum, this grant will provide the foundation for a valuable new resource in South Dakota”, said Jason Lemke, Development Director, The Compass Center. “By equipping restaurant and bar staff with the skills and knowledge learned in Safe Bars training, you can position them to become a powerful force in helping stop sexual assault.”

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Democracy and the Informed Citizen

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“For the South Dakota Humanities Council, funding from the SDCF through the Bush Foundation was truly a formula for community innovation,” said Sherry DeBoer, Executive Director, South Dakota Humanities Council. “It made possible the specialized training from the Oregon Humanities, which provided the nucleus for preparing facilitators to lead reflective conversations about current events and information literacy throughout South Dakota.”

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Connecting Youth to the Workforce

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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings/Moody County Club with a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges. Funds will support a Workforce Development Program for the Flandreau community.

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Support for State Plan Development

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South Dakota is one of only four states that does not have a State Alzheimer’s/Dementia Disease Plan. In 2017 a grassroots workgroup comprised of state policymakers, health professionals, professional and family caregivers and representatives from like-minded organizations conducted a statewide needs assessment. Findings were compiled into a report which is the second part of the State Plan effort. Funds will provide partial support for the work group to incorporate the top five priorities emerging from that needs assessment into the State Alzheimer’s/Dementia Disease Plan.

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