GROW South Dakota Community Programs
For more information on any of the programs below, call (605) 698-7654 or email.
GROW South Dakota has limited loan funds available to refinance existing personal debt or to assist with car repairs. Eligible loan purposes include paying off high interest debt (payday loans etc.), paying off judgments, car repairs or other items may be considered on a case by case basis. Loan amounts can be $500 to $2,500. There is standard 12-month term, fixed 10% interest rate. A certificate of financial counseling is needed prior to closing. For additional information and specific loan requirements, contact Brayden at (605) 698-7654. Start the application process with the online application tool or view the Small Loan Fund Application.
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 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.
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 was 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 Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota. Rockyford School LLC and Batesland School LLC, leased the completed facilities back to the school district in these low-income communities. The financial structure offered by GROW South Dakota allowed the school district to build/renovate schools in these low-income communities. Not only did the Rockyford and Batesland schools increase educational resources for students, but they will also retained/created 356 jobs in the Oglala Lakota County School District.