Support Provided for Pierre Tennis

July 17, 2020 // South Dakota Fund Grants
Pierre Tennis check presentation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to the Pierre Tennis Association, Inc. Funds provided partial support for the purchase and installation of canopies. The canopies will provide much needed shade for both players and spectators and will add to the enhancements that the city recently invested into the area. This grant was made prior to the SDCF’s shift in grantmaking priorities due to the advent of the Coronavirus.

“The Pierre Tennis Association is very appreciative of the support from the Community Foundation”, said Eric Weiss, President, Pierre Tennis Association. “The tennis complex canopies look great, and improvements wouldn’t have happened without collaboration with the Foundation, the City of Pierre and the Pierre School District. Thanks!”

Tree removal was necessitated by recent construction to improve the storm shelter and facilities in Griffin Park, leaving the tennis courts with no shade. Canopies have risen in popularity at tennis courts along with sports complexes located in other cities throughout our state. The Griffin Park tennis complex improvements were a collaborative effort between several organizations.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Pierre Tennis Association as they work to showcase the sport of tennis”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “These canopies will ensure that both participants and spectators enjoy the experience.”

In the past, the South Dakota Fund grants focused on culture, economic development, education, health and human services programs. Due to rapidly changing circumstances, grantmaking efforts have been reprioritized to focus on requests dealing with the Coronavirus, and its impact on nonprofit organizations and those that they serve. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting

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.