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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. The grant will provide support to analyze state level data to better understand the depth of child maltreatment in our state.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding to begin our mission to understand the scope of child maltreatment in South Dakota”, said Carrie Sanderson, Director, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. “Our hope is by shining a light on the landscape of what is happening for our most vulnerable youth, we can begin to find ways to implement prevention and responsive programming to advance our goal to end child maltreatment in our rural state.”

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment has focused past efforts on creating multidisciplinary teams in selected communities; but this project takes aim at analyzing state level data to capture the bigger picture of maltreatment in our state. This work can lead to the creation of prevention systems to address risk and build protective factors within families with the help of key stakeholders from across the state.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment as they mine data to better define the problem(s) that need to be addressed”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Our children represent this state’s most precious resource. We must do all we can to protect them.”

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 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.