Five Sioux Falls Nonprofits Share Nearly $70,000

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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented four Community Innovation Grants (CIG) in the amount of $10,000 each to Call to Freedom, Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, Ground Works SD Ag in the Classroom and Special Olympics South Dakota. Lutheran Social Services was the recipient of a $30,000 South Dakota Fund Grant.

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 four Sioux Falls nonprofits will use funds to support:

Call to Freedom - $10,000

The East River Human Trafficking Task Force is expanding their strategic planning process to grow stakeholders, solidify committees and hold quarterly meetings. Two pilot communities, Sioux Falls and Watertown, have been identified to conduct a community-based needs assessment to better understand resources.

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History – $10,000

The Great Plains Zoo will create a group of Sioux Falls leaders, nonprofit organizations and citizens to evaluate the potential effectiveness of creating a special tax district that would provide funding to cultural facilities in Sioux Falls who provide educational, cultural and science experiences.

Ground Works SD Ag in the Classroom - $10,000

Ground Works Midwest is serving as the lead agency for SD Ag in the Classroom. The SD Road Trip: Exploring SD’s Agriculture & History has been developed for 4th grade students and is tied to South Dakota history standards. Students “Road Trip” through twenty-two different South Dakota cities and towns throughout the school year. To date, there are 7,172 4th grade students representing 102 school districts in 332 South Dakota classrooms using this curriculum.

Special Olympics South Dakota - $10,000

Special Olympics South Dakota initially started the Unified Champion School pilot program in twenty-five schools across our state. Funds will help them continue their efforts to bring this program to all our state’s schools. This program is used to change school climates to become more inclusive, reduce impediments and sustain programs that can boost student achievements for all students including those with intellectual disabilities.

Lutheran Social Services was the recipient of a $30,000 South Dakota Fund grant. These dollars will be used to support:

Lutheran Social Services - $30,000

The LSS Center for Financial Resources has provided financial and housing counseling and education to financially distressed individuals and those seeking assistance in resolving or preventing money management and housing problems since 1984. With offices in Sioux Falls and Yankton their credit and housing counselors also travel to Vermillion, Watertown, Aberdeen, Brookings, Mitchell and Huron to provide in-person services.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to provide support for these five Sioux Falls nonprofits”, 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.”

A total of $400,000 will be available to nonprofits in 2019 through the Community Innovation Grant program. The first round just closed February 15 with successful applicants announced at the end of April. The second round will open on May 13, 2019. Visit our website at to learn more about eligibility guidelines, deadlines for 2019 and application instructions.

The South Dakota Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants in support of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. The SDCF awards grants throughout the year to nonprofits that meet vital and diverse needs across the state. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting

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 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.