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Awarded Grants


The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded 56 grants totaling $467,250 in 2012. These awards were made from the South Dakota Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Grant Program. The grants ranged in size from $2,000 to $20,000 and were distributed to charitable and nonprofit organizations across South Dakota. The Foundation received 110 applications, with requests totaling over $1.6 million during 2012.

The Foundation makes grant awards in the areas of economic development, human services, health, education and cultural programs. Letter of Inquiry’s (LOI’s) are accepted anytime by accessing our website at If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants will return to our website to complete an application. For more information about our grant process visit our website or contact the Foundation office at 1-800-888-1842.

Following is a list of those awards.


Aberdeen Family YMCA
Aberdeen, SD - $10,000
Youth Development Center

Behavior Management Systems, Inc.
Rapid City, SD - $15,000
Crisis Care Center

Boys and Girls Club of the Missouri River Area
Wagner, SD - $4,750
Program Expansion

Burke Business Promotion Corporation
Burke, SD - $7,000
Revolving Loan Fund

Center for Business, Entrepreneurship & Tourism
Spearfish, SD - $6,000
Virtual Business Incubation Program

Children’s Home Society of South Dakota
Sioux Falls, SD - $7,000
Van Demark House

Custer Historical Society/1881 Courthouse Museum
Custer, SD - $2,000
Preservation Project

Sioux Falls, SD - $5,000
Accessibility Fund

Dakota Land Trust
Deadwood, SD - $5,000
Program Expansion

Dakota Territorial Museum
Yankton, SD - $20,000
Mead Building Restoration

Early Childhood Connections
Rapid City, SD - $7,000
StartingStrong Rapid City Initiative

Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, Inc.
Vermillion, SD - $5,000
Crazy Horse Journalism Workshop

Four Bands Community Fund
Eagle Butte, SD - $7,000
Native Entrepreneurship Initiative Expansion

Freeman Growth Foundation, Inc.
Freeman, SD - $7,000
Community Center Renovations

Front Porch Coalition
Rapid City, SD - $3,500
Suicide Survivors Outreach

Habitat for Humanity – South Dakota
Brookings, SD - $5,000
Affiliate Revitalization Initiative

Hamill Community Hall, Inc.
Hamill, SD - $5,000
Community Hall Restoration

Helpline Center
Sioux Falls, SD - $6,000
Crisis Texting Program

Junior Achievement of South Dakota
Sioux Falls, SD - $10,000
Vision 2020 Program

Lake Area Zoological Society
Watertown, SD - $10,000
Children's Zoo Expansion

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
Sioux Falls, SD - $7,500
Consumer Credit Counseling Service Program

Madison Central School Educational Foundation, Inc.
Madison, SD - $3,000
Education Enrichment Program Project

Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church
Sioux Falls, SD - $2,500
Bread Break-Food Harvest Program

Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center
Pierre, SD - $3,000
Program Expansion

Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation
Mitchell, SD - $3,000
Moving Mitchell Forward Program

My Fishing Pond, Inc.
Bridgewater, SD - $2,000
Program Expansion

Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation
Sisseton, SD - $5,000
Loan Loss Reserve Program

Oahe Hockey Association
Pierre, SD - $9,000
Dehumidification System

Operation Black Hills Cabin
Custer, SD - $5,000
Veterans Respite Program

Pierre Educational Foundation
Pierre, SD - $2,000
E-Wall Honor Project

SDCF Community Savings Account
Statewide - $100,000
Matching Grants

Sioux Falls State Theatre Company
Sioux Falls, SD - $10,000
Projection Screen

Somali Bantu Community Development Councils of SD
Sioux Falls, SD - $2,000
Interpretation Services Program

South Dakota 4-H Foundation
Brookings, SD - $15,000
Outdoor Learning Center

South Dakota Afterschool Partnership
Sioux Falls, SD - $10,000
After School Program Expansion

South Dakota Association of the Deaf
Sioux Falls, SD - $5,000
Interpreting Services

South Dakota Community Foundation/Dakotafire
Northeast, SD - $20,000
Knight Foundation-Community Newspapers

South Dakota Hall of Fame
Chamberlain, SD - $5,000
Educational Curriculum Program

South Dakota Humanities Council
Brookings, SD - $9,000
What Makes a South Dakotan? Book

South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault
Sioux Falls, SD - $10,000
Sustainability and Public Awareness Project

South Dakota Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Pierre, SD - $10,000
Blood Run National Historic Landmark

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Rapid City, SD - $5,000
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships

Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare
Sioux Falls, SD - $7,000
Mobile Crisis Team Program

Special Olympics South Dakota
Sioux Falls, SD - $5,000
Endowment Fund Campaign Project

Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Spearfish, SD - $5,000
Education and Discovery Center

Sportsman’s Field Improvement Organization
Faulkton, SD - $4,000
Sound System

Teach for America * South Dakota
Mission, SD - $5,000
Program Expansion

The Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area
Pierre, SD - $5,000
Program Expansion

USD Sanford School of Medicine
Vermillion, SD - $5,000
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Program

Walking East Council for the Advancement of Native Americans
Mission, SD - $3,000
Suicide Prevention Project

Watertown Community Foundation
Watertown, SD - $6,000
H2O-20 Visioning Project

Webster, SD - $10,000
Webster Swimming Pool Upgrades

Western Resources for dis-ABLED Independence
Rapid City, SD - $5,000
Home Modification & Adaptive Devices Program

Wounded Knee Community Development Corporation
Manderson, SD - $5,000
Economic and Job Development Project

Yankton Area Literacy Council
Yankton, SD - $2,000
Literacy Program Expansion

Youth & Family Services Foundation
Rapid City, SD - $ 10,000
Program Expansion

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