Support for State Plan Development

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Check presentation at Alzheimer's Association SD Chapter

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded the Alzheimer’s Association SD Chapter with a $9,000 Community Innovation Grant. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges. Funds will support the development of the Alzheimer’s/Dementia State Plan that will be presented to the South Dakota Legislature during the 2019 session.

“An Alzheimer’s/Dementia State Plan will serve as a road map for South Dakota to ensure resources, training and support are available to all those in our state who are impacted by this disease”, said Leslie Morrow, State Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota. “A group of Alzheimer’s stakeholders from across South Dakota is writing the plan right now. This grant is critical to their work. It allows them to continue their efforts with the intent of presenting South Dakota’s first-ever Alzheimer’s/Dementia State Plan to the legislature during the 2019 session.”

South Dakota is one of only four states that does not have a State Alzheimer’s/Dementia Disease Plan. In 2017 a grassroots workgroup comprised of state policymakers, health professionals, professional and family caregivers and representatives from like-minded organizations conducted a statewide needs assessment. Findings were compiled into a report which is the second part of the State Plan effort. Funds will provide partial support for the work group to incorporate the top five priorities emerging from that needs assessment into the State Alzheimer’s/Dementia Disease Plan.

“We are pleased to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association SD Chapter as they work to develop South Dakota’s Alzheimer’s/Dementia Disease Plan”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “This important document will ensure that the challenges associated with these diseases will be addressed.”

The South Dakota Community Foundation will award $400,000 in Community Innovation Grants during 2018. For more information or to apply for a grant, visit

About the SDCF

Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. The SDCF gives its partners enhanced investment opportunities that provide long-term support to charitable causes. In 2017, the SDCF distributed more than $13.5 million in grants from all funds administered. For more information, visit

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.