FIVE RURAL NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM BUSH FOUNDATION COMMUNITY INNOVATION GRANT
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program doing business as GROW South Dakota has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for the implementation of Grow Housing, 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.
“GROW SD's expertise in housing and community development will engage residents and local organizations over the next two years to build up their capacity to ultimately create sustainable housing opportunities,” stated Lori Moen, Chief Operating Officer and Grow Housing Project Director. “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.”
Established in 2013, the Community Innovation Grant program is designed to inspire and support communities to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions. Projects receiving Community Innovation Grants can be at any stage in the problem-solving process, which includes: identifying the need, increasing collective understanding of the issue, generating ideas, and testing and implementing solutions.
“Community Innovation Grant recipients are tackling community problems in a way we believe most likely to result in real breakthrough solutions. They are engaging the community, collaborating with other organizations, and making the most of existing assets; in short, all of the things it takes to create a true community innovation,” said Elli Haerter, Bush Foundation North Dakota and South Dakota activities manager.
The Bush Foundation will award nearly $5 million to 34 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Community Innovation Grant program. The full list of Community Innovation Grant recipients can be found at BushFoundation.org/2014CIGrants.
GROW South Dakota strives to reach rural communities to improve the quality of life through housing, community and economic development. Historically, these organizations have invested over $50 million in housing development and $54 million in economic development. For more information about GROW South Dakota’s housing and business development programs and services please visit our website at www.growsd.org or call 605-698-7654.