Expanding the Circle

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Kimball check presentation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) to the Kimball Economic Development Corporation (KED). Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will provide support to entice public involvement from all generations.

“I have never been so excited to get a grant!”, said Anita Holan, Kimball Economic Development Corporation, Economic Development Director. “This is the most exciting thing that could happen for my community! You should hear the buzz! There is excitement and chatter out there as people are hearing more about this in my community regarding the Empower Program! I have been in my position now for almost 4 years and truly believe this is something my community needs to come together to work on things that are important to them! I so look forward to watching my community thrive and bloom! Without the South Dakota Community Foundation helping us fund this program, we would not have this opportunity! Thank you so much!”

Kimball is working to encourage volunteerism from all their citizens. Like many small towns, one often finds the same people serving on boards and volunteering their time to strengthen their town. The Kimball Economic Development Corporation appreciates the work that has and is being done. They simply want to expand the circle to make certain everyone has a chance to get involved and those currently volunteering do not become overloaded. They will welcome the Dakota Resources Empower! Community Coaching Program to their community to form teams and identify local priorities.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Kimball Economic Development Corporation (KED) as they work to expand the volunteer base in their community”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Small towns look to all their citizens for support and encouragement.”

A total of $400,000 will be available to nonprofits in 2019 through the Community Innovation Grant program. The second round has just been completed with successful applicants announced at the end of August. Applications for Round 3, 2019 will be accepted starting September 2nd.  Visit our website at https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-nonprofits/community-innovation-grants/ to learn more about eligibility guidelines, deadlines for 2019 and application instructions.

About our donors

The SDCF distributed more than $18.8 million in grants in 2018 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-donors/ to learn more or give us a call at (605) 224-1025.

About the Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.