GROW South Dakota Community Programs
For more information on any of the programs below, call (605) 698-7654 or email.
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. View the list of the South Dakota Community Action Agencies.
If you are over 60 and income eligible, you may also qualify for a monthly free box of food. Apply Here for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program
For Assistance with the Affordable Care Act, Marketplace Health Insurance feel free to call the Marketplace Health Insurance toll free number at 800-318-2596 or online at www.healthcare.gov. Local assistance through GROW South Dakota is not available.
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.
South Dakota Native Home Ownership Coalition
GROW SD, as Intermediary of a Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant, supports the efforts of the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition and commits staff and resources to implement technical assistance, training and capacity building. The coalition is designed to increase sustainability and individual effectiveness of the sub-recipients with the ultimate goal of increasing homeownership opportunities for Native Americans in the State of South Dakota. SDNHOC Partners Include: Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, Neighborworks Dakota Home Resources, Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial Inc., Four Bands Community Fund, Wild Horse Butte Community Development Corporation, Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing Inc, Lakota Fund Inc, and the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority.
GROW South Dakota built and renovated two schools with two additional schools in progress to meet a critical education need for underserved populations in distressed areas of South Dakota. The project used an innovative financial structure by creating Limited Liability Companies (LLC) that utilized New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), a program designed to attract private investment in community and economic development efforts in distressed communities. The LLCs were able to build/renovate the Rockyford and Batesland elementary schools and are currently working on Wolf Creek elementary school and a high school career and technical education center. All schools are on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota. Under the arrangement, the LLCs lease the facilities to the school district for a period of time. Both Rockyford and Batesland schools have been transferred back to the school district. Without the financial structure offered by GROW South Dakota, the school district would not otherwise be able to access the NMTC funds. The school projects increase educational resources for students and also create and retain hundreds of jobs in the Oglala Lakota County School District.