Offering Hope

January 15, 2020 // Community Innovation Grants
Boys & Girls Club check presentation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) to the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains, Inc. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will help support development of a diversion program for juvenile felons.

“The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains, Inc. would like to thank the South Dakota Community Foundation for the grant that will be used to help develop and implement a diversion program for youth that have committed felony crimes, said Kelsie Kroetch, Director of Excellence, Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains, Inc. “The Boys & Girls Club mission focuses on the youth that need us most, so we will partner with several entities in Brookings County to meet their needs and improve their lives. Through the creation of this diversion program, we will be able to provide services that will help our youth envision a path that does not involve crime while providing a strong support system.”

The Brookings community has seen an increase in the severity, number and crimes involving drugs that are being committed by youth. The Brookings County State’s Attorney saw an opportunity for juvenile felons to benefit from spending time and attending programs that are offered by the Club’s Teen Center in Brookings. This would be the first time the Teen Center intentionally served youth who have committed a felony and marks a new partnership between the State’s Attorney’s office, probation officers and the Teen Center.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains, Inc. as they provide an avenue of hope for troubled youth”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “One can’t place a cost on reducing recidivism and ensuring a productive future for our state’s youth.”

A total of $400,000 will be available to nonprofits in 2020 through the Community Innovation Grant program. The final round for 2019 has just been completed with successful applicants announced at the end of December. Visit our website at to learn more about eligibility guidelines, deadlines and application instructions.

About our donors

The SDCF 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 give us a call at (605) 224-1025.

About the Bush Foundation

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.