$100,000 awarded to Beverly Ann… | South Dakota Community Foundation

$100,000 awarded to Beverly Ann Miller Foundation

March 3, 2023 // Grants, Beyond Idea Grant Program

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently presented a $100,000 Beyond Idea Grant to the Beverly Ann Miller Foundation. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the BIG program supports innovative, community-based, problem-solving efforts.

“This grant will provide critical funding to engage with the Whittier neighborhood for the Community Revitalization Collective directly. In the first year alone, we will host over 60 listening sessions to fully understand the needs of this quickly gentrifying diverse core neighborhood,” said Clinton Brown, Executive Director, Beverly Ann Miller Foundation.

The Beverly Ann Miller Foundation plans to develop a multifaceted community building project focused on the Whittier Neighborhood in Sioux Falls. Funding will support the organization’s work to strengthen community connections in the neighborhood and support emerging leaders in the neighborhood. The group calls their initiative a Community Revitalization Collective for the area, and it’s an emerging cross-agency collaboration focused on the future wellness of the Whittier neighborhood in Sioux Falls. This aging neighborhood has had disproportionate challenges over the last 35 years. The Collective will use resources to actively engage neighbors, document their needs, connect them with resources, and build new resources.

“Community building work is essential to problem solving,” says Ginger Niemann. “SDCF was proud to support the Beverly Ann Miller Foundation with their work in the Whittier neighborhood in Sioux Falls.”

A total of $1.2 million will be available to nonprofits in 2023 through the Beyond Idea Grant program. To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $30 million in grants in 2022 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/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.

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.