Getting Help Where It's Needed

June 2, 2020 // South Dakota Fund Grants
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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) continues to receive applications daily from nonprofits related to the Coronavirus and its impact on their organizations. This virus has impacted all of us and nothing is the same for individuals or nonprofits trying to navigate these waters. Six grants were recently awarded to organizations around South Dakota to address various needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants totaling $53,500 will address basic food and shelter needs produced by the Coronavirus as well as material support for healthcare workers and first responders.

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.

One organization received a grant from the Coronavirus Response Fund:

  • Little Eagle Grant School in Little Eagle, SD received $5,000 to provide food for children over the weekends. Little Eagle is a small community on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation. They serve 46 families and have 98 registered students at their school.

In addition, the Board reprioritized SDCF’s grantmaking so that the South Dakota Fund and Community Innovation Grants 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.

Five organizations received grants from the repurposed South Dakota Fund:

  • Black Hills Work, Inc. in Rapid City was awarded $20,000. Black Hills Works supports adults ages 16 years and older who have significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. The grant provides support for meals, the purchase of supplies and personal protection equipment, childcare, mental health resources and additional training.
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Plains, Inc. located in Brookings received $5,000 to support COVID-19 screening procedures including enhanced cleaning, sanitization and waste removal procedures to prevent person-to-person spread of the virus. The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains has locations in Brookings, Moody County and Yankton. They re-opened to serve children of emergency responders in late April 2020.
  • Horizon Health Foundation in Howard was the recipient of a $10,000 grant to support procurement of personal protective equipment for clinicians and help to obtain critical technology for Telehome visits. Horizon has been providing high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care in South Dakota for 42 years. They have thirty-two clinics in twenty-two communities.
  • Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls was granted $10,000 to support the development of their COVID-19 Response Call Center. The call center will help reach the non-English speaking community in Sioux Falls and provide them with accurate information in their own languages to help stop further spread of the disease.
  • Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc., located in Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Reservation, operates Project Safe which is a domestic violence shelter. A grant in the amount of $3,500 will help supply food needed for victims and drop-ins.

“The COVID-19 virus and the ramifications resulting from it are not going away soon. As a statewide community foundation, we work to serve and strengthen communities across South Dakota every day,” said Stephanie Judson, SDCF President & CEO. “We are committed to continue working with communities and nonprofits as they deal with the myriad of issues posed by this virus. None of this would be possible without the support of our generous donors and we send a huge thank you to them. Working together we can continue to build a stronger South Dakota.”

If you would like to ensure that people impacted by the coronavirus can receive the help they need, consider a gift to the Coronavirus Response Fund at SDCF. One hundred percent of the funds collected go directly towards addressing coronavirus concerns in our state. Donations can be made on-line at or by sending a check to SDCF, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501.

Thank You! We are all in this together.

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 to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.