South Dakota Community Foundation awards grants in Mitchell
MITCHELL, SD – The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) selected the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation along with the Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center to receive South Dakota Fund grants in its latest round of grant awards. The South Dakota Fund helps to meet the diverse and vital needs of people across the state through grants to nonprofits in the areas of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. SDCF President Stephanie Judson awarded the grants to representatives of each organization in Mitchell last week.
“Our South Dakota Fund grants aim to improve life for South Dakotans, today and in the future,” says Stephanie Judson, SDCF president. “Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and having the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation working to ensure its continued success will be helpful for the state as a whole. The Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center is providing compassionate service to some of the most vulnerable people in our state. I am so thankful for the services this organization is offering to keep families in Mitchell safe.”
The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation received a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to help build its organizational capacity by obtaining its 501c3 status and conducting strategic planning. The grant funds will be vital to the success of the organization as it works to establish and grow its endowment fund.
“Support from the South Dakota Community Foundation through grant funding is vital to the startup and success of organizations like ours,” says Chris Maxwell, executive director of the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation. “Our organization is grateful for the assistance as we create a relevant, positive and proactive funding source for change and growth in agriculture.”
The Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center received a $3,750 South Dakota Fund grant to enhance safety and security of domestic violence survivors in its emergency shelter and for children visiting non-custodial parents at its visitation center. Funds will be used for security enhancement and for the purchase of body-pack microphones and recording equipment needed for non-custodial parents during outdoor, supervised visits.
As an emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, safety and security for the children and families served in our eight-county service area is a primary concern,” says Marilyn Haley, Mitchell Area Safehouse administrator. “This grant is greatly appreciated as it makes needed improvements possible.”
The South Dakota Community Foundation awards South Dakota Fund grants on an ongoing basis. For more information or to apply for a grant, visit SDCommunityFoundation.org/SDFund.