GROW South Dakota Community Programs

For more information on any of the programs below, call (605)698-7654 or email.

Emergency Services

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

Individuals are able to get in-person help as they go through the process of applying for and choosing new coverage options in the Marketplace. GROW SD has staff that are Certified Navigators who can help 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.   For 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.   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.

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“It’s nice to have a local lender who supports small businesses. GROW South Dakota has been great.” –GROW SD business loan recipient


With the help of friends like you, GROW South Dakota has been successful in expanding housing, community, and business development across South Dakota.  We have recently set up the GROW South Dakota Foundation.  Donations will be placed in a permanent endowment and the revenue generated comes back to the agency annually.  This allows your donations to support our programs and services in the future. DonatIons may also be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion.

For a list of donors click here.

Give a tax-deductible gift today!  Mail your gift to: 
GROW SD, 104 Ash Street E, Sisseton SD 57262-1908.