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Check presentation Victims of Violence

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) to Victims of Violence Intervention Programs, Inc.  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 partial support for the development of their strategic plan.

“Victims of Violence Intervention Program/Artemis House Shelter is so appreciative of the generosity of the South Dakota Community Foundation through this Community Innovation Grant,” said Mary, Program Director, Victims of Violence Intervention Program. “The grant will enable us to work with partner agencies and the communities we serve to further identify and serve individuals in our service area at increased risk of domestic and/or sexual violence, or currently impacted by abuse. Safe families are the very core of healthy communities!”

As part of their strategic plan, Victims of Violence Intervention Programs, Inc. is looking at a 3-step process to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. The process includes 1) Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, 2) Encouraging collaboration with the community at large and especially marginalized sub-communities along with key stakeholders through educational meetings, social media and partnerships and 3) Implementing effective, efficient, cost effective and sustainable solutions to the problems identified.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with Victims of Violence Intervention Programs, Inc. as they continue to combat domestic violence and sexual assault”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “These problems cannot be addressed in isolation. Everyone’s input and ideas are valued.”

A total of $400,000 will be available to nonprofits in 2019 through the Community Innovation Grant program. The first round closed February 15 with successful applicants announced at the end of April. Visit our website at 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 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.