Area nonprofits can help their cause through a $ 2.3 million grant initiative sponsored by the Gannett Foundation.
The program is sponsored by Gannett, the parent company of Argus Leader. This is her fifth year of supporting groups that address social issues.
Last year, $ 20,000 in grants went to three local charities: Project Car, Breathe Bravely and the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival.
These three nonprofits, and five others, applied for the fundraising campaign this year. Organizations first raise funds for a specific project, and then they are eligible for one of 15 national grants of up to $ 100,000.
The fundraising campaign starts Monday and ends August 13th. Each week a different Incentive Grant is available for the most unique or raised donors that week.
After:Three local nonprofits win $ 20,000 thanks to the Gannett Foundation initiative
After:“A thriving community”: Argus Leader launches a call for applications under a local crowdfunding and grants program
For more information or to donate, visit acommunitythrives.mightycause.com.
Here’s a look at the eight candidates:
McCrossan Boy’s Ranch
McCrossan Boys Ranch is a residential group care facility that welcomes up to 200 disadvantaged boys between the ages of 9 and 20 each year.
Ranch programs include life skills, short-term assessment services, respite care, community reintegration and crisis stabilization. The goal of the ranch is to help the boys be a positive influence on their family, friends and community.
Boys who come to the ranch can use a variety of services such as daily group sessions, one-on-one therapy, chemical addiction services, psychiatric care, restorative justice, chaplaincy and worship services, education programs. ‘equine breeding and therapy, moral development and recreational offerings.
There is also an accredited school on campus capable of awarding degrees from McCrossan Boys Ranch High School, ranch officials said. If the ranch gets a grant, officials hope to expand the school building.
Sioux Falls Children’s Choir
The Sioux Falls Children’s Choir aims to enrich the lives of young people of all religious, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds for the love of song and choral literature.
The program also aims to foster the personal and social growth of its members and to promote self-esteem, discipline and teamwork.
The choir consists of two performance-oriented choral groups open to young singers with unchanged voices in grades two to eight.
Between 10 and 50 students join the choir each year, which is open to all students. Scholarships are available to help make the choir accessible to all students.
If awarded a scholarship, the choir seeks funds to begin its 2021-2022 season, including weekly rehearsals for the singers and two concerts in December and May.
Call-a-Ride Project (CAR)
Project Call-a-Ride (CAR) is a non-profit transportation system that provides rides to a diverse population with varying needs.
The organization offers free rides to people for medical and health appointments, and partners with organizations like LifeScape to provide transportation for people with disabilities to life-skills activities.
Low-income people, the elderly, minorities, people with developmental and cognitive disabilities can also use the services of Project CAR.
If Project CAR gets a grant again this year, it hopes to expand its fleet of cars. Two of the five vehicles are over 16 years old and have high mileage. They need to be replaced with more reliable cars to better serve the community, officials said.
The CAR project used the $ 10,000 grant it won last year to replace a vehicle and maintain and expand services.
Breathe Bravely is dedicated to empowering people with cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare and fatal respiratory disease, by connecting them through the power of music.
The organization’s sINGSPIRE program sets up individuals with professional singing teachers for 10 weeks of private singing lessons through Zoom. This program helps combat the effects of cystic fibrosis through the art of singing, building respiratory strength, breath awareness, and breath management skills.
Since the program began in 2017, more than 3,000 singing lessons have been taught to people with cystic fibrosis around the world. The program is on track to serve over 120 singers this year.
The $ 5,000 awarded to Breathe Bravely last year was used to continue the efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Group to teach people with genetic lung disease to sing.
WH Over Museum
The WH Over Museum in Vermillion collects, preserves, documents, exhibits, researches, studies and interprets artefacts related to the natural and cultural history of South Dakota and surrounding areas.
To further the mission of the museum, it develops interpretive exhibitions, educational programs, maintains records and inventory of funds, works with researchers, contributes to publications and organizes tours of the museum.
The museum’s activities fill an education gap and enhance critical learning by doing, according to museum officials.
South Dakota Shakespeare Festival
The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival has been producing free Shakespeare in the Park performances in Vermillion since 2012. The festival also offers education and awareness programs through partnerships with schools and local and regional organizations.
As many as 1,200 adults and 300 youth are “engaged” in the festival each season in Southeast South Dakota and beyond.
The festival invites participation from community members of varying ages, abilities, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds through partnerships with SESDAC, Sanford Care Center, Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center and the University’s Upward Bound program. of South Dakota.
Organizational values encompass access, inclusion, integrity, community development and artistic excellence.
2022 will mark the 11th season of the free festival. Programming will include professional performances of a Shakespeare play in Vermillion’s Prentis Park live and via live broadcast, youth art workshops, a university event, as well as outreach programs and additional partnerships. .
Last year’s $ 5,000 award helped them put together a production of “Twelfth Night, or What you Will,” and helped expand educational programming.
REACH Literacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults to thrive through literacy.
Adult literacy, group tutoring, workplace tutoring, reading mentors and college reading mentors are just a few of the offerings of REACH Literacy. The organization estimates that it serves more than 200 adults and 80 children each year.
After:REACH Literacy works to reduce illiteracy rates in the Sioux Falls area
Helping adults learn literacy skills helps reduce poverty, improve public health, and advance human rights.
If awarded a grant, REACH will invest funds in its Women’s Mentorship Program with the Hope Coalition, which began in October 2020 with an online and in-person education program.
Faith through frames
Faith through Frames provides free portrait photography services to those in need and those who cannot afford a professional photographer.
The nonprofit is partnering with Church on the Street, Necessities for Neighbors, Faith Temple Food Giveaway and other local charities and nonprofits to reach those in need most.
After:Faith Through Frames: Sioux Falls photographer seeks grant to continue free portrait service
If awarded a grant, FTF’s goal is to photograph and frame the portraits of 200 families in Sioux Falls.
For more information or to donate to any of these causes, visit acommunitythrives.mightycause.com.