SDCF's Coronavirus Response Continues

May 26, 2020 // South Dakota Fund Grants
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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded eight grants to organizations around South Dakota to address various needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants totaling $110,000 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. 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.

Six organizations received grants from the Coronavirus Response Fund:

Young Life in Rapid City received $5,000 to respond to food and emotional needs of youth. Young Life works with hundreds of young people, many from low-income families, to build relationships with trusted adults. The funds will be used to provide adult volunteers to bring a meal to kids and their families and provide both physical and emotional nourishment.

Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program, based in Sisseton, received $20,000 to offer emergency financial assistance and provide stability to many families and small businesses in the northeastern part of the state who are affected by a loss of income or other impacts of COVID. The funds will support needs such as rent, food, shelter, utilities, or other necessities.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City received $20,000 to create a rapid response food supply chain to alleviate food insecurity among economically disadvantaged families. The project will obtain food from farmers who have lost markets for their produce as a result of business and farmers market closures. Food will be packaged for distribution through Feeding South Dakota programs. The project will support families, farmers, and the Black Hills Farmers Market’s online sales platform.

The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition/Lakota Funds, based in Kyle, received $20,000 to support emergency assistance and foreclosure education. The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition is a collaborative group of key agencies dedicated to increasing homeownership opportunities for Native Americans in the state of South Dakota.

Journey On! in Rapid City received $15,000 to support emergency food and supplies for people experiencing homelessness. Journey On! is a nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk youth and women transform their lives through the use of wilderness experiences, mindfulness meditation, trauma sensitive yoga, and equine therapy.

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, based in Rapid City, received $20,000 to provide clothing and housing assistance to support homeless individuals and families, such as through temporary hotel placement for homeless families and high-risk individuals with compromised health conditions.

In addition, two organizations received grants from the repurposed South Dakota Fund:

First United Methodist Church in Huron received $5,000 to support BelieveFest, a back-to-school event that provides hundreds of children of families in need with a free backpack and school supplies. Past BelieveFests received many business donations which are down as a result of the pandemic. Funds will be used to purchase school supplies.

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs received $5,000 to support the purchase of a 3D laser printer, which will print ear guards. It was the final equipment needed to produce masks with face shields for medical and first responders. The First Interstate Bank Fall River Fund, a Community Savings Account (CSA) partner of SDCF, also provided funding, which was matched by SDCF’s CSA Matching Fund Program through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Eventually, this printer will be utilized in the Mammoth Site’s GeoSpatial 3D Research Lab to build a 3D technology curriculum for teachers and students.

“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 working with communities and nonprofits as they deal with the myriad of issues posed by the COVID-19 virus. 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.