GROW South Dakota Community Programs
For more information on any of the programs below, call (605)698-7654 or email.
Grow Housing is a technical assistance track to lunge rural communities forward in the community housing dialogue to the point of actively solving housing issues. The five communities committed to moving forward with Grow Housing are Ft. Pierre, Gettysburg, Sisseton, Britton, and Campbell County, South Dakota. Over the next two years, Grow Housing will allow GROW SD to collaborate with these five rural communities to breakdown their recent housing studies, create priorities, and carry out a plan of action to improve our rural housing stock.
GROW South Dakota, in partnership with Dakotafire Media, has implemented a two-year regional engagement project called the Prairie Idea Exchange. This goal of P.I.E. is sparking region-wide conversations to help rural communities, especially those in northeastern South Dakota, be more successful in their efforts to create positive change. The project will make use of the expertise of the region’s economic development leaders to start the conversations, and it will use the journalism skills and reach of Dakotafire magazine to explain those ideas and spread them across the region. These conversations will continue in online forums and at community events, which will add the voices of community members to the exchange of ideas.
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 for emergency services.
If you are over 60 and income eligible, you may also qualify for a monthly free box of food. Apply Here for the Commodicty Supplimental Food Program
Affordable Heathcare through the Marketplace
Do you want help or need more information about the Affordable Care Act Heath Insurance Marketplace? The Open Enrollment Window starts November 15, 2014 and continues through February 15, 2015. Eligible individuals, families, and small businesses can go to www.HealthCare.gov to search for health coverage options, or you may want to get some personal assistance. Either way, you can get accurate information in easy to understand language, and make apples-to-apples comparison of private insurance plans. You can get comprehensive information about benefits and quality, with facts about price, before you make a decision. In other words, the Marketplace makes it easier to search for health insurance coverage and gives consumers a clear picture of what they will pay and what they will get before they make a choice.
As you explore your options on the Marketplace, there are people in your local community who can give you personal help. Certified Navigators are trained to provide unbiased information about the Health Insurance Marketplace. Watch for an outreach event to be scheduled in towns throughout South Dakota counties. At the Outreach Events, Carla Burns, a Navigator from GROW South Dakota will give an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace, answer questions or enroll people for the health insurance. The Navigator will also be available for scheduled individual appointments at a later date.
It is not mandatory, but for Small Businesses with up to 50 employees that are thinking about group health insurance for their employees, new online features are coming to the SHOP Marketplace on www.HealthCare.gov in November. These changes will make it easier for small employers to find, purchase, and have their employees enroll in SHOP coverage.
In Addition to outreach events, Carla can also be reached at 605-626-2565 or via email. to answer questions or to schedule an appointment for individuals, families, and small businesses.
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. 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.