GROW South Dakota receives USDA development grants

Farm Forum

USDA Rural Development has announced the selection of 48 community-based organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for Rural Community Development Initiative grants to promote economic growth through rural housing, community and business development.

“These grants will bring increased housing and economic opportunities to rural residents and communities by strengthening the capacity of regional organizations through training and technical assistance for three years,” said Marcia Erickson, GROW South Dakota CEO.

USDA makes these rural investments through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI) and by partnering with Intermediaries like Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program and GROW South Dakota. The grants help community-based housing and economic development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups to promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. Recipients of this grant are required to provide matching funds, which increase the value of the grants.

In South Dakota two RCDI grants were awarded, as follows:

1. The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program will use a $152,492 grant to provide financial and technical assistance to three Recipients, namely, Town of Ipswich; Campbell County Economic Development; and Eureka Community Development Company. The funding provides new and expanded knowledge to them in the areas of housing and economic development activities.

2. GROW South Dakota located in Sisseton, SD will receive a $152,492 grant to provide technical assistance to build the capacity of the statewide South Dakota Native Home Ownership Coalition with the purpose of expanding and promoting home ownership for tribal members in South Dakota.

GROW South Dakota and the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program strive to reach rural communities to improve the quality of life through housing, community and economic development. Historically, these organizations have invested over $50 million in housing development and $54 million in economic development. For more information about GROW South Dakota’s housing and business development programs and services please visit our website at or call 605-698-7654.