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Community Foundation’s Round 1, 2019 Community Innovation Grant Recipients

Thirteen South Dakota non-profits will receive grant awards from Round 1 of the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) 2019 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) program.

Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the program helps find solutions to community challenges across the state. Round 1 resulted in over $112,000 being distributed between the selected grantees.

The review committee chose to financially support the following projects.

The Black Hills Playhouse will receive $10,000 to train more teaching artists to work with special populations. They are exploring for-credit internships for higher education students studying special education, communications and theatre, and will research creating a certification program for teaching artists.

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment will receive $10,000. It and the S.D. Division of Social Services’ Child Protection Services (CPS) will analyze CPS’s large data set for trends or modeling. Then, they will create problem solving processes. Goals are to find characteristics of maltreated children in rural settings, determine which may put them at risk, and learn what alleviates the potential risk to maltreatment.

South Dakota Discovery Center: $4,700. Storytelling for Explorer Educators will help teachers to integrate National Geographic style storytelling into their classrooms through a two-phase project. Phase 1 will convene in Badlands National Park for three days to develop a framework for subject-matter storytelling. In Phase 2, educators will work in a pilot program, then the South Dakota Discovery Center will develop two versions to work with more educators.

Eastern South Dakota

Pathways Shelter for the Homeless, Inc. (Yankton): $3,500. Pathways began as the Yankton Area Homeless Shelter. It is run out of an old motel with space for 48 people. Pathways has a waiting list for over 70 people. An independent consultant will determine the next expansion steps, and target specific partner agencies, donors and community stakeholders to get feedback. Two focus groups, with partner agencies, will address services.

Tallgrass Recovery and Sober Living Homes, Sioux Falls: $5,000. Tallgrass Recovery is studying the low recovery outcomes in tribal and rural communities. They will focus on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribe. Input will be gathered from community stakeholders, alumni, staff at Dakota Pride and the families of alcoholics and addicts. Work will address recovery.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market: $9,100. Two to three locations will be discussed for the market. Regional architects will design a pavilion space for each location. Public opinion and feedback will be heard in January 2020.

Central South Dakota

Kimball Economic Development Corporation: $10,000. To entice new volunteers from all generations, the corporation invites the Dakota Resources Empower! Community Coaching Program to their community. A team of local leaders and the community are to get involved. Everyone’s ideas will help identify priorities.

Martin Community Wellness Coalition: $10,000. The coalition formed in 2017 through a SDSU Extension outreach program to focus on hunger and food insecurity. Community meals will be sponsored monthly at the American Legion Hall. The Wellness Coalition has partnered with the Sunrise Youth Center at Sunrise Tribal Housing and the Bennett County Fitness Center.

Western South Dakota

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (Rapid City): $10,000. The Services will host two summer camps; one girl’s camp and one co-ed kid’s camp. The camps will focus on computer science/STEM learning concepts. They plan to extend the learning and offer monthly family events focusing on computer science.

Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills (Rapid City): $10,000. The Festival will address the lack of music educational programs in North Rapid City and at General Beadle Elementary. Musical Story Time will be presented with the youngest ages and local daycare program. The Children’s Concert will focus on rhythm. The instrumental program will start with the summer Discovery Programs. Properly sized instruments will be available to use for free.

Mniluzahan Okolakicipayi Ambassadors (Rapid City): $10,000. The MOA tells of the transfer in 1948 of Rapid City Indian School Lands into North Rapid City.

Rural America Initiatives (Rapid City): $10,000. This will sustain the five-year-old winter art market held during Thanksgiving weekend. They are expanding toward high end buyers. They will plan with people from the Santa Fe and Eiteljorg Art Markets.

Youth & Family Services, Inc. (Rapid City): $10,000. YFS is working to prepare early adolescents in the Rapid City area for the transition to high school. Emphasis is on increasing self-regulation through Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Youth & Family Services, Inc., the Rapid City Area School District, and others will make up the Alliance for Early Adolescence to teach self-regulation practices.

A total of $400,000 will go to nonprofits in 2019. The second round for 2019 opens May 13, and closes on June 14. Visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-nonprofits/community-innovation-grants/ to review grant guidelines, deadlines and application instructions. A nonprofit must be IRS Publication 78 verified or have a fiscal sponsor. For more information, contact Ginger Niemann at 800-888-1842 or at gniemann@sdcommunityfoundation.org.