The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently presented a $74,545 Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) to Children’s Home Society to support their Family Engagement Services (FES) work in western South Dakota. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the BIG program supports innovative, community-based, problem-solving efforts.
“This grant will have an enormous impact on our service as it allows us to serve children, youth, and families in smaller communities in our region. Adding to our FES team makes it possible for us to bring another prevention resource to communities in Butte, Meade, Lawrence, and Fall River counties,” said Chelsie Ogaard, Community Based Services Program Director, Children’s Home Society
FES has been serving clients in Pennington County at risk for involvement in the child welfare or juvenile/criminal justice systems. Using in-home services, case managers promote family stability with education, skill development, and crisis management. Due to the program's success in Pennington county, FES proposed expanding to four more counties giving families in rural, western SD access to critical supports to ease familial and community stressors and address challenging and unmet needs.
“SDCF was proud to support the work the FES team is conducting in western SD,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer.
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.