GROW South Dakota Community Programs
For more information on any of the programs below, call (605)698-7654 or click here to contact us.
Filing Your 2013 Income Tax Return
GROW South Dakota regrets that we will NOT be offering FREE tax preparation services to clients in 2014 due to a lack of available funding to operate the program. Following are some convenient options for filing your 2013 tax return.
- Find a free tax preparation AARP program by calling 1-888-227-7669;
- Find a free tax preparation IRS VITA program near you between January and April using the VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887;
- Self-prepare your taxes online at IRS Free File; or
- Find a local tax professional in your community
GROW South Dakota can provide a onetime emergency assistance grant to help individuals/families pay for rent, utilities, or other emergency needs. Income and program guides may apply. Availability of funding is limited, funds may not always be available. Apply Here
If you are over 60 and income eligible, you may also qualify for a monthly free box of food. Apply Here
Affordable Heathcare through the Marketplace
Starting October 1, 2013, consumers in all states are able to apply for new affordable health coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace or coverage beginning as soon as January 1, 2014. Consumers are able to get in-person help as they go through the process of applying for and choosing new coverage options in the Marketplace. Carla Burns is a Certified Navigator who can help consumers prepare electronic and paper applications to establish eligibility and enroll in coverage through the Marketplace. This includes steps to help consumers find out if they qualify for insurance affordability programs (including a premium tax credit, cost sharing reductions, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program CHIP), and if they’re eligible, to get enrolled. Navigators provide outreach and education to consumers to raise awareness about the Marketplace, and will refer consumers to assistance programs when necessary. Carla will be holding group events to inform and educate consumers about the health coverage options through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace and also schedule one-on-one meetings. Fur further information contact Carla Burns at (605) 226-2565 or via email.
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
RCDI is a program supported by Rural Development. GROW South provides technical and financial assistance to economic development organizations throughout our service area.
Financial Education and/or Budget & Credit Counseling
GROW South Dakota has multiple counseling services available to assist individuals with their financial and housing needs. This is done on a one-one basis or in a small class setting. If you are interested in receiving assistance in any of these areas, please contact GROW South Dakota. Topics include:
· Budgeting to Create Savings
· Debt Reduction & Asset Building
· Building a Good Credit Rating
· Consumer Protection & Financial Institutions
Rockyford School & Batesland School
GROW South Dakota built and renovated two schools to meet a critical need for underserved populations in distressed areas of South Dakota. This is an innovative financial structure to meet this critical need by creating two separate Limited Liability Companies (LLC) that utilized New Market Tax Credits and other loan funds to build/renovate the Rockyford and Batesland schools on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Shannon County, South Dakota. Rockyford School LLC and Batesland School LLC, will lease the completed facilities back to the school districts in these low-income communities. Many school districts like Shannon County must forgo building/renovating their school facilities due to the lack of a financial institutions’ willingness and ability to take risk in highly distressed areas. The financial structure offered by GROW South Dakota allows the school district to build/renovate schools in these low-income communities. Not only will the Rockyford and Batesland schools increase educational resources for students, but they will also retain/create 356 jobs in the Shannon County School District.