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GROW South Dakota is proud to be named a winner of the 2015 Bush Prize for Community Innovation!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Bush Foundation awarded the 2015 Bush Prize for Community Innovation to eight organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen.  GROW South Dakota is proud to be named one of the eight organizations selected.  The Bush Prize winners receive a package that includes promotional support and materials, and an unrestricted grant equal to 25 percent of the organization’s prior fiscal year budget, up to $500,000. The Foundation received 110 applications for the 2015 Bush Prize. Panels of community members within each of the three states chose the winners from their respective state.

The 2015 Bush Prize winners are:


Hope Community, Minneapolis

Lakewood Health System, Staples

Minnesota Valley Action Council, Mankato


South Dakota

Cheyenne River Youth Project, Eagle Butte

GROW South Dakota, Sisseton

Partnership Rapid City – Teen Up, Rapid City


North Dakota

Grand Forks Housing Authority, Grand Forks

Impact Foundation, Fargo



GROW South Dakota knows that a little help can go a long way. Through an innovative program that provides financial and technical assistance, GROW South Dakota has sparked growth in 14 rural communities and developed a thriving network that actively shares best practices for housing, community and economic development. Understanding that small communities often struggle to invest in economic development, GROW South Dakota helps build the capacity and expertise of local leadership. Its efforts have supported the development of a wind farm, dozens of manufacturing jobs, local revolving loan funds and new recreational trails. As job opportunities in the area develop, GROW South Dakota provides the technical assistance small communities need to develop and rehab critically needed housing.


The nationally known NeighborWorks America organization recently gave GROW South Dakota an “exemplary” rating for its consistent and remarkable track record of strong, supportive relationships with the communities the agency is working to advance.


Learn more about GROW South Dakota’s statewide work at


Meet all the winners:


Learn more about the Bush Foundation’s work in this area at:


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A Half-Century of Serving South Dakotans

For more than half a century, the three nonprofit organizations comprising GROW South Dakota have fulfilled a vision of “GROWing sustainable communities through housing, community and economic development.” In 1966 the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) was established as a Community Action Agency in the War on Poverty and has served thousands in 17 counties with emergency services as well as various housing programs.

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