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S.D. Community Foundation announces grant awards



St. Francis Mission Foundation, which includes the dental clinic, and Education & Workforce Development/Career Learning Center of the Black Hills both received $10,000 grants from the South Dakota Community Foundation.

St. Francis Mission Foundation, which includes the dental clinic, and Education & Workforce Development/Career Learning Center of the Black Hills both received $10,000 grants from the South Dakota Community Foundation.

PIERRE –– Seven nonprofit organizations in Western South Dakota will benefit from grants received from the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF).

“The SDCF is proud to partner with these West River nonprofits as they work to address a myriad of challenges,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF program officer. “We look forward to sharing the news of their successes in the future.”

 

 

Seven nonprofits were awarded a Community Innovation Grant in Round 1 of the 2017 competition. Community Innovation Grants provide funding aimed at uncovering breakthroughs in community needs across the state. The seven nonprofits receiving grants and the amounts awarded are:

St. Francis Mission Foundation – $10,000 – will provide affordable, high quality dental care to under-served individuals living on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and within Todd County to achieve optimum oral health. The Dental Clinic is operated as a free clinic. They currently operate ten clinics a year that run approximately 3-4 days each. Volunteer dentists and dental assistants provide many services.

Education & Workforce Development/Career Learning Center of the Black Hills – $10,000 – developing a strategic stakeholder committee to come together to brainstorm ways to continue to offer community education classes at decreased costs as well as increase participation in classes.

Networks of Support – $10,000 – confronting educational disparities and opportunity gaps that exist for American Indian/Alaskan Native students. Networks of Support has partnered with the Pine Ridge Schools, Rapid City Central High School, Red Cloud Indian School, Oglala Lakota County Schools, Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Department of Education, Crow Creek Tribal School, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, McLaughlin High School and TF Riggs High School (Pierre) to implement a program involving three pieces including connection mechanisms, collaborations and train the trainer.

Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills – $10,000 – researching and developing programs utilizing classical music as a tool to teach life skills. They will address the lack of programming available for children suffering from “sensory disabilities”, which include autism, Asperger’s syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome and attachment disorders. Programs will teach new methods of communication and life skills for these children.

HEARCuleS – $10,000 – implementing the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health) curriculum. The HEARCuleS team will purchase CATCH course curriculum and materials. They will train with the CATCH Global Foundation to qualify 15 individuals in the Black Hills region who could train other teachers and employees of after school programs, students from BHSU and the USD School of Nursing to implement CATCH this coming school year.

Rapid City Arts Council – $10,000 – “Murals for Change”, an arts focused juvenile diversion program, created by the Rapid City Arts Council in partnership with the Pennington County Juvenal Diversion and Lifeways. “Murals for Change” is an evidence based curriculum program designed to improve academic achievement, school attendance, and problem solving skills proven to reduce recidivism and offer youth safe, creative alternatives. The goals of the program are to prevent youth from moving further into the correctional system, provide alternative programs that allow for a greater rate of success and provide more sustainable resources.

Rapid City Library Foundation – $9,150 – a formal literacy coalition was created to address literacy concerns in Rapid City. They will assist one another in fundraising, accessing resources and creating community awareness of organization’s services, projects and goals. They plan to stage two public projects including a literacy open house and a genealogy project for school children.


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