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Midcontinent Foundation Awards More Than $100,000 in Grants to Groups in 35 Communities

Sioux Falls, SD: A total of 72 nonprofit, school and government organizations have been awarded grants made available through the Midcontinent Foundation. The Foundation board is distributing $100,059 in grants this fall to organizations in nine South Dakota communities, 18 North Dakota communities and seven Minnesota communities.

As the charitable arm of the Midcontinent family of companies, the Foundation Board reviews grant applications and approves funding assistance to charitable entities twice each year. Since 1987, the Foundation has contributed more than $3.6 million to worthwhile causes.

This year, funding will buy boots and breathing equipment for fire and rescue departments in Hankinson, West Fargo, Rapid City and Chisago. Fire and police departments in Dickinson and Ortonville will get new radios. The Family Health Center in Fargo will purchase dental equipment, and Kids Against Hunger in Rapid City use its grant for processing equipment. A complete list of benefiting organizations can be found below.

“The Foundation Board is made up of Midcontinent employees, and they see our mission of giving back to the communities we serve very seriously,” said Tom Simmons, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Midcontinent Communications and Chairman of the Board for the Midcontinent Foundation. “We consider it our privilege to support organizations across our region that do so much for so many people.”

Charitable organizations are encouraged to apply for spring 2016 grants by reviewing the requirements, criteria and application at Midco.com/Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to providing funds that support special projects, facilities improvements, equipment and programs (not operational costs). The deadline for spring 2016 grant applications is January 10, 2016.


The following list details organizations receiving fall 2015 grants.

  • South Dakota
    • Aberdeen: Aberdeen Family YMCA – $1,000
    • Mitchell: Abbott House – $2,000
    • Pierre: Pierre Area Youth Skating Association – $1,500
    • Rapid City: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills – $1,500
    • Rapid City: Rapid City Christian School – $1,000
    • Rapid City: Kids Against Hunger – $2,000
    • Rapid City: Pennington County Search & Rescue – $2,000
    • Rapid City: Volunteers of America Northern Rockies – $1,000
    • Rapid City: Youth & Family Services, Inc. – $1,000
    • Sioux Falls: Accelerate Center for Intensive Early Intervention – $1,000
    • Sioux Falls: Center of Hope – $1,800
    • Sioux Falls: Children’s Home Society of South Dakota – $1,500
    • Sioux Falls: Face It TOGETHER – $5,000
    • Sioux Falls: Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons – $1,000
    • Sioux Falls: Tallgrass Recovery and Sober Living Home – $1,500
    • Sioux Falls: The Salvation Army – $1,000
    • Sioux Falls: Youth Activities, Inc. – $1,500
    • Summerset: Summerset Parks Committee – $1,000
    • Watertown: Beacon Center – $3,000
    • Watertown: Watertown Hockey Association – $1,000
    • Waubay: City of Waubay – $1,000
    • Yankton: Yankton Chamber of Commerce – $1,000
  • North Dakota
    • Bismarck: The Arc of Bismarck– $ 1,500
    • Bowman: Southwest Healthcare Services– $1,944
    • Cando: Towner County Medical Center – $1,000
    • Casselton: Casselton Ambulance – $2,000
    • Dickinson: Best Friends Mentoring Program – $1,500
    • Dickinson: City of Dickinson – $1,000
    • Dickinson: Dickinson Fire Department – $2,500
    • Dickinson: Southwest Homeless Coalition – $1,500
    • Dickinson: The Strom Center at DSU – $1,000
    • Dickinson: Trinity Elementary East and West – $1,500
    • Dickinson: Trinity Junior High/High School – $1,000
    • Dickinson: Western Wellness Foundation – $1,500
    • Fargo: Cat’s Cradle – $1,000
    • Fargo: Dress for Success Red River Valley – $1,000
    • Fargo: Family HealthCare Center – $1,695
    • Fargo: Fargo Babe Ruth – $1,000
    • Fargo: Fargo Public Schools District #1 – $1,500
    • Fargo: Fargo Youth Hockey Association – $1,000
    • Fargo: Fraser, Ltd – $1,500
    • Fargo: Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota – $1,000
    • Fargo: Northern Lights Council – $1,500
    • Fargo: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Red River Valley – $1,000
    • Fargo: TNT Kid’s Fitness – $1,000
    • Fessenden: Fessenden-Bowdon School Robotics Team – $1,000
    • Grand Forks: Altru Family YMCA – $1,500
    • Grand Forks: Altru Health System – Camp Good Mourning – $1,000
    • Grand Forks: Grand Forks Salvation Army – $1,000
    • Hankinson: Hankinson Fire Dept. – $2,000
    • Langdon: St. Alphonsus School – $1,000
    • Lansford: Lansford Park Board – $1,000
    • Mapleton: Mapleton Fire Dept. – $1,500
    • Minot: Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center – $1,120
    • Mohall: City of Mohall – $1,000
    • Pick City: Pick City Council – $1,000
    • Rugby: The Growing Place Daycare – $1,500
    • Wahpeton: Southern Valley Special Response Team – $1,000
    • Wahpeton: Wahpeton Baseball Association – $1,000
    • West Fargo: Dakota Montessori School – $1,000
    • West Fargo: Haley’s Hope – $1,000
    • West Fargo: West Fargo Fire Department – $1,500
    • West Fargo: West Fargo Police Department – $1,000
  • Minnesota
    • Breckenridge: Someplace Safe – $1,000
    • Chisago: Chisago City Fire Department – $2,000
    • Crookston: Crookston High School ELL Department – $1,500
    • Milaca: City of Milaca – $2,000
    • Minneapolis: Minnesota Transitions Charter School – $2,500
    • Moorhead: Churches United for the Homeless – $1,000
    • Moorhead: Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity – $1,000
    • Moorhead: Park Christian School – $1,000
    • Ortonville: Ortonville Police Department – $1,500

TOTAL – $100,059