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Check presentation at KILI radio station

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $13,434 South Dakota Fund grant to Lakota Communications, Inc. which operates the KILI radio station.  Funds will provide partial support for solar array upgrades and system security.

KILI is a 100,000-watt radio station with headquarters in Porcupine Butte located near Porcupine, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They broadcast 20 hours a day with their signal reaching the entire Pine Ridge Reservation and Rapid City. Daily programming includes both education and entertainment features including news, community announcements, tribal program shows, weather, language, cultural programming and emergency information.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with Lakota Communications, Inc. as they keep the lines of communication flowing across the Pine Ridge Reservation and Rapid City”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “This area is isolated and includes a huge geographic span. It is imperative that entities have access to a provider that can get the word out quickly.  We applaud their efforts to harness alternative sources of power.”

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 https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-nonprofits/sd-fund-grants/

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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.