By: South Dakota Community Foundation

PIERRE – Round 3 of the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) 2017 Community Innovation Grant program has been completed. Fifteen South Dakota nonprofits will receive grant awards, including several in the Brookings area.

Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation received 34 applications in Round 3 and selected these 15 nonprofits to implement inclusive, collaborative and resourceful solutions that will benefit all our state’s citizens,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF program officer. “Round 3 resulted in over $141,000 being distributed between the selected grantees. We are grateful to the Bush Foundation for their past and continued investment in our state.”

Projects supported by the grant include:

• SDSU Extension: $10,000

SDSU Extension is partnering with several key stakeholders to pilot a nutrition incentive program called Double Up Food Bucks! in South Dakota. This program doubles the amount of money that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants can spend on locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. The pilot program will initially support five farmers markets including urban, rural and native communities, two mobile markets and shared branding across South Dakota.

• South Dakota State University: $9,252

SDSU is implementing a Proof of Concept pilot project that will provide education and training to nurse practitioners in the use of digital healthcare. Partners on this project include CareSpan USA, Advanced Practice Nurses, SDSU and Health Associates, Inc. The project will introduce a digital cloud-based system in South Dakota capable of providing low cost, high quality primary and chronic care management to clients in their own home regardless of the location of the doctor and patient.

• Habitat for Humanity – South Dakota (Brookings): $10,000

Partnering with multiple organizations, Habitat for Humanity – South Dakota will initiate an increased energy efficiency pilot program for manufactured homes, with a focus on mobile homes. Heating and cooling an older mobile home can cost twice as much as a site-built home of comparable size and age. This pilot program will promote a healthy and safe environment while educating occupants to ensure energy savings for homeowners.

About the SDCF

Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. The SDCF administers over $300 million in total assets for more than 850 funds. By commingling endowed assets, the SDCF gives its partners enhanced investment opportunities that provide long-term support to charitable causes. In 2016, the SDCF distributed nearly $12.9 million in grants from all funds administered. For more information, visit

About the Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.

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