The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) has awarded 190 grants totaling over $1 million through their coronavirus response efforts. COVID-19 grant making began in earnest in March with the establishment of the Coronavirus Response Fund and re-prioritized grantmaking processes. Included in this total are grants to nonprofits from the Coronavirus Response Fund, the South Dakota Fund and Community Savings Account Coronavirus Matching Fund.
In response to the pandemic, SDCF’s Board of Directors established the Coronavirus Response Fund to directly support the needs of communities and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. This fund addresses immediate needs including access to food, shortage of volunteers, healthcare sector support and human services sector support. Donations are being accepted. If you would like to lend your support to those who continue to be impacted by this virus, or just learn more, please visit sdcommunityfoundation.org/covid-19/. Donations can be made on-line or checks may be directed to SDCF, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501. One hundred percent of donations made to the SDCF Coronavirus Fund go directly to those in need in our state.
In addition to assisting statewide nonprofits, SDCF has also launched an initiative to match funding provided by our 80 partner community savings accounts throughout South Dakota. Nearly $250,000 has been committed for communities across South Dakota through this effort. Projects funded thus far include supplies for volunteers to sew facemasks for medical personnel, additional food for food pantries, necessary household supplies for families in need and support for backpack food programs for children.
“Our role as a statewide philanthropic organization is more important now than ever”, said Stephanie Judson, SDCF President & CEO. “The last 100 days have challenged all of us to be better and do better. The SDCF is committed to serving our donors and nonprofit partners. Working together, we will get through this.”
Funds provided support for a myriad of different organizations and needs. The most recent recipients reflect that diversity. These eight organizations received a grant from the Coronavirus Response Fund:
- Missouri Valley Pregnancy Resource Center, Yankton, SD received $4,000 to provide support for their Diaper Bank. Diapers and baby wipes are made available to families using the drive-up distribution method.
- Moody County Cares in Flandreau was awarded $5,000. Dollars will support the distribution of essential food and personal items to qualifying citizens impacted by COVID-19.
- Located in Lake Andes, the Native American Community Board received a grant in the amount of $9,725. Food and personal protective equipment will be distributed.
- St. Francis Mission, located in St. Francis on the Rosebud Reservation, will use their $3,000 award to assist with food distribution efforts.
- Teddy Bear Den in Sioux Falls was the recipient of a $5,000 grant, which will allow them to distribute items they hand out for free during the pandemic. These items include diapers, wipes, bath products and other essential items.
- Rapid City is home to The Hope Center. $10,000 will be used to bolster their expansion of services necessitated by increased guests and needs due to the Coronavirus. Dollars will be used for the provision of food and hygiene products.
- Volunteers of America Northern Rockies in Rapid City was notified that they would receive $20,000 for temporary hotel placement. This will ensure that their clients can shelter in-place.
- Western Dakota Vocational Technical Foundation, Rapid City, was granted $10,000 to continue provision of personal protective equipment to Monument Health, Rapid City area health providers, emergency responders and individuals.
In addition, the Board reprioritized SDCF’s grantmaking so that the South Dakota Fund and Community Innovation grant programs both focus solely on COVID-19 related needs. Under normal circumstances, South Dakota Fund grants focus on culture, economic development, education, health and human services programs, and Community Innovation Grants support community problem-solving projects.
Six organizations received grants from the repurposed South Dakota Fund:
- The Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program (BCYMP) was the recipient of a $5,000 grant. Dollars will assist with the continuation of training for BCYMP’s mentors to youth impacted by the pandemic.
- Located in Sioux Falls, DakotAbilities was granted $5,000 allowing them to stock necessary protective equipment and cleaning supplies needed to provide a safe, sanitary environment for their clients and staff.
- Kids Club Kids in Spearfish was awarded $4,000 to continue their school-age care program through virtual afterschool and summer programming.
- Watertown is home to the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation. Provisions for health organizations in Watertown and its surrounding area will be boosted by a $10,000 award.
- Meade County Senior Citizens Center in Sturgis was informed that they would receive a $2,000 grant. Dollars will assist with utility costs for The Center that are normally covered through the operation of the thrift store which was forced to close during the pandemic.
- Volunteers of America, Dakotas, Sioux Falls, received a grant in the amount of $10,000. This organization provides out-of-school time programs for elementary and middle school students in Sioux Falls. Funds will assist with youth center support for essential workers.
About the SDCF
SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 980 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2019 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 call 1-800-888-1842.