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Announcing Round 2, 2019 Community Innovation Grant Recipients

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“The South Dakota Community Foundation received twenty-nine applications in Round 2 and selected these fourteen nonprofits to implement inclusive, collaborative and resourceful solutions that will benefit all our state’s citizens,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Round 2 resulted in over $138,000 being distributed between the selected grantees. We are grateful to the Bush Foundation for their past and continued investment in our state.”

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Realizing Recovery

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“The South Dakota Community Foundation grant will enable Tallgrass, our alumni and community stakeholders to create and nurture cultures of recovery in Eastern South Dakota”, said Jon Sommervold, Executive Director, Tallgrass Recovery & Sober Living Homes. 

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South Dakota’s Most Precious Asset

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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) to the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment located in Sioux Falls, SD. 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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Planning for the Future

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Originated in 1994, Pathways began as the “Yankton Area Homeless Shelter”. The first shelter was a two-story house that could hold three individuals. They are currently operating out of an old motel purchased in 2015 that has shelter space for up to 48 people. Pathways has been at capacity since 2018 and has a waiting list. 

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Tell Me A Story

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“Thanks to the South Dakota Community Foundation for funding our Storytelling for Explorer Educators project”, said Anne Lewis, Special Projects Director, South Dakota Discovery Center. “With this funding the South Dakota Discovery Center will develop a platform to equip educators to tell vibrant, interesting stories about their experiences to engage students in learning content.”

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West River Nonprofits Celebrate Grant Awards

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“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to provide support for these eight nonprofits located in western South Dakota”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “Although their goals and projects differ widely, each of them is doing their part to strengthen our state and make it better for generations to come.”

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