The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded a $100,000 Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) to Mitchell Area Housing, Inc. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the BIG program supports innovative, community-based, problem-solving efforts.
“The ‘Beyond Idea Grant’ from the South Dakota Community Foundation will be a game changer for our community,” says Terry Sabers, Mitchell Area Housing, Inc. President. “We are assembling a team to help us rehabilitate homes in the core of Mitchell where over 1/3 of the lower income owner occupied homes need major repairs. We are planning to use the experience of Homes Are Possible Inc., Aberdeen’s housing organization, to guide us in this undertaking.”
The Mitchell Area Housing, Inc. was started in February 2022 to assist low-income families in securing good quality housing in the Mitchell area. Funding from BIG will assist them with improving the quality of housing in Mitchell.
“The housing crisis in SD is a complex issue,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Work to improve the quality of existing housing options is worth exploring.”
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.