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$1.2 million Awarded from the South Dakota Community Foundation's Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) Program

June 27, 2024 // Grants, Beyond Idea Grant Program

Thirteen South Dakota nonprofits will receive grants totaling $1.2 million from the South Dakota Community Foundation’s Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) program. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the BIG program supports community-based problem-solving efforts in South Dakota.

  • Black Hills Special Services Cooperative/Compass – Sturgis – $132,000
    • BHSSC will develop and test opportunities with AI to support educators across the state.
  • Eat Well Sioux Falls Mobile Market – Sioux Falls – $50,000
    • Eat Well Sioux Falls will test how a mobile market can help alleviate urban food deserts in Sioux Falls.
  • Family Connections Center – Rapid City – $100,000
    • The Center will expand their capability to provide emergency shelter for and address youth homelessness in Rapid City with outreach into Pennington, Meade and Lawrence counties.
  • Helpline Center – Sioux Falls – $95,000
    • Helpline Center plans to implement a collective impact model of coordinated care to better support families and individuals in poverty across social determinants of health.
  • Lost&Found – Sioux Falls – $100,000
    • Lost&Found will expand upon their initiative to develop and implement a mobile application to provide preventative mental health support across the state.
  • Midwest Street Medicine – Brandon – $90,000
    • Midwest Street Medicine will provide direct health support to individuals who are unhoused, testing an idea that has shown improved health outcomes in other parts of the country.
  • Mitchell Area Development Corporation – Mitchell – $100,000
    • Mitchell Area Development Corporation will test an idea to incentivize childcare services in their community in coordination with the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) – Sisseton – $100,000
    • NESDEC will test an idea to improve digital literacy in South Dakota, with a focus on financial digital literacy.
  • SD Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault – Sioux Falls – $100,000
    • The network will focus on coordinating efforts to respond to and prevent sexual assault across the state.
  • South Dakota Discovery Center – Pierre – $77,400
    • The Discovery Center will expand upon a workforce development effort, engaging students with local industry leaders to enhance awareness of local career opportunities.
  • South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition – Kyle – $73,000
    • The Native Homeowner Coalition seeks to expand their Construction Internship Program to the Crow Creek reservation.
  • Straight Up Care – Volin – $100,000
    • Straight Up Care plans to invest in digital tools to advance peer support of substance use/addiction and/or mental health in South Dakota.
  • The Legacy Foundation – Sioux Falls – $82,350
    • The Legacy Foundation seeks to expand their medical device lending library, which loans medical devices to those in need for free.

SDCF has awarded nearly $3.6 million dollars from the Beyond Idea Grant program in since 2022. Interested organizations can visit SDCommunityFoundation.org/BIG to review the grant guidelines and application instructions. SDCF will offer BIG again in 2025, with more details to be announced later this year. In order to qualify, a nonprofit must be IRS Publication 78 verified or have a fiscal sponsor.

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 $31 million in grants in 2023 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.