South Dakota Fund Grant Program Returns to its Roots

June 7, 2021 // South Dakota Fund Grants

Effective Immediately South Dakota Fund Grant Program is Returning to its Original Focus

The South Dakota Community Foundation’s (SDCF) South Dakota Fund Grant program was reprioritized in 2020 to focus on the coronavirus and its impact on nonprofits and those that they serve. This unrestricted fund will return to making grants to nonprofit organizations that support any of these six focus areas: culture, economic development, education, financial literacy, health and human services.

The South Dakota Community Foundation’s (SDCF) South Dakota Fund Grant program was reprioritized in 2020 to focus on the coronavirus and its impact on nonprofits and those that they serve. This unrestricted fund will return to making grants to nonprofit organizations that support any of these six focus areas: culture, economic development, education, financial literacy, health and human services.

Any proposals that were recently submitted that focused on the coronavirus and its impact will still be considered for funding.

To apply, visit our website at https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/grants. Begin with submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) in eGrant. A LOI is not a formal grant application. It just provides a short synopsis of your proposed project or program. Be sure to establish a connection between your goals and impact your proposal will make on the need you are addressing. After submission of the LOI, SDCF staff will contact you within 15 business days of their decision. If invited to submit a full application, you will return to eGrant to complete the application process. Grants must be used for charitable purposes only.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) offers a variety of grant funding options for nonprofits including:

South Dakota Fund Grants

The South Dakota Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants in support of culture, economic development, education, financial literacy, health and human services. If your organization supports any of these focus areas, a South Dakota Fund grant might be a great place to start.

Community Innovation Grants

Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, these process grants focus on specifically supporting community problem-solving projects. If that’s of interest to your organization, this could be a great option for you.

Nonprofit Savings Accounts

The SDCF wants to help spark sustainability for South Dakota nonprofits by partnering with organizations and their donors to build endowment funds. Nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to receive SDCF challenge grants each year. The funds raised and the SDCF match will be invested to provide annual support to selected nonprofits forever.

Local CSA Grants

The SDCF partners with local communities to provide them with a community savings account (CSA). A CSA allows a community to invest and grow its endowment with the help of the SDCF, while the local board raises money and selects grant recipients in the community.

Learn more about the different types of grants offered by the South Dakota Community Foundation, grant guidelines and the application process by visiting https://sdcommunityfoundation.org

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 1050 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2020 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.