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2018 Grants

Helping Nonprofits Help Others Nonprofits are important to individuals and families in South Dakota. This is why the SDCF offers a variety of grants to support the work of nonprofits across the state. Each grant program has a different focus and application procedure.

1. South Dakota Fund Grants

2. Community Innovation Grants

The South Dakota Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants in support of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. The SDCF Board of Directors awards grants throughout the year to nonprofits that meet vital

The SDCF has partnered with the Bush Foundation to offer Community Innovation Grants. These grants support communities using problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions. The SDCF’s Board

and diverse needs across the state.

of Directors selects recipients in three rounds each year.

$806,184 >>

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Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History


The Brown Bear exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls was recently renovated. A South Dakota Fund grant supported the creation of a comprehensive education interpretive program, including interactive signage and educational curriculum. Zoo visitors are now connected through critical conservation messages and activities.

$406,302 >>

Number of Grants:

First Peoples Fund


A groundbreaking was held in September for Oglala Lakota Artspace which will be built in Kyle. The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded a Community Innovation Grant to First Peoples Fund in support of ten gatherings which will be held across the Pine Ridge Reservation to garner input from artists and culture bearers regarding content development and scheduling of Oglala Lakota Artspace classes.

3. Nonprofit Savings Account Grants 4. Foundation Grants The Nonprofit Savings Account program enables nonprofit organizations to mobilize their donor base to build a sustainable revenue stream. The program hopes to spark the growth of endowed funds that can help support nonprofits now and well into the future. The SDCF Board of Directors selects recipients once each year.

$100,000 >>

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The Safe Harbor Foundation supports the mission and vision of Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor serves women, men and children in northeastern South Dakota counties including Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Marshall, McPherson and Potter by providing shelter and resources for them as they make positive life choices. The Foundation Safe Harbor Foundation organizes fundraising events to benefit Safe Harbor and helps to ensure it operates efficiently. A Nonprofit Savings Account grant will enable them to meet their ongoing needs through a designated fund.

Foundation Grants encompass all grants and scholarships distributed by individual funds administered by the SDCF. Fund holders, scholarship committees and local Community Savings Account boards recommend grant recipients to the SDCF, which then distributes checks to nonprofits.

$17,514,000 >>

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Montrose Area Foundation Because of their generous donors, the Montrose Area Foundation was able to grant $10,000 to the City of Montrose Swimming Pool to help with the pool repairs, specifically a new liner.

Nonprofits can visit to view guidelines and application instructions for each grant program. Grants


Profile for South Dakota Community Foundation

2018 South Dakota Community Foundation Annual Report  

2018 South Dakota Community Foundation Annual Report