Members of eight organizations, on Tuesday, recieved grants from the nearly $18,000 available this year from the South Dakota Community Foundation..jpg

Members of eight organizations, on Tuesday, recieved grants from the nearly $18,000 available this year from the South Dakota Community Foundation.  (Nick Lowrey/Capital Journal)

Eight area organizations, on Tuesday, got shares of nearly $18,000 worth of grants awarded through the Pierre/Fort Pierre Community Foundation. 

The projects for which the grants will pay span the gamut from the arts to sports and animal rescue.

The community foundation was started in 1997 as part of an effort to help local nonprofits complete, start or continue providing services to the community. The grants are awarded from the interest earned on the Pierre/Fort Pierre Community Foundation’s endowment. Groups who get grants must be cultural, charitable or educational, serve a unique purpose and be open to everyone.

This year, 15 organizations applied for grants from the foundation. More than half were selected to receive funding.

The permanently endowed fund is held within the South Dakota Community Foundation. The Pierre/Fort Pierre Community Foundation Board of Directors includes Joan Adam, Roger Novotny, Anne Rathbun, Brett Koenecke, and Becky Burke. For more information on the Pierre/Fort Pierre Community Foundation or information on how to make a contribution to the endowed fund, contact a Board Member or the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Organizations that received grants

• Canvasback Art Club Fund; art show

• Community and Youth Involved; carpet renovation

• Dakota Western Heritage Festival; to help pay for Freedom Stage entertainment

• Oahe Hockey Association; to help pay for open skate

• Oahe YMCA; STEM education project

• Pierre / Ft. Pierre Head Start Program; to help pay for field trips

• Pierre / Ft. Pierre Area Humane Society (Paws Animal Rescue); general operating costs

• Verendrye Museum, Inc.; to help pay for renovations to the old jail in Fort Pierre

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