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33 Communities Receive Midco Foundation Grants

May 11, 2017 – Sioux Falls, SD: Committed to giving back to the communities it serves, Midco has awarded 60 nonprofits, schools and government organizations with a Midco Foundation grant. The organizations, which span 33 communities, learned about their grant awards this spring. In total, the Midco Foundation awarded nearly $94,000 in grant money.

“The Midco Foundation strives to support organizations that enrich our communities. We have a special affinity for organizations that promote STEM, as well as organizations that support children and families,” said Wynne Haakenstad, Director of Programming for Midco and Chairperson of the Midco Foundation. “Our board, comprised of Midco team members, meticulously reviews all applications to assess the organization’s impact on our communities. It is a difficult and humbling task with so many worthy organizations and causes.”

The Foundation board reviews and approves funding requests to charitable entities twice a year. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $4.6 million to causes within its service area. Some of this year’s grantees include:

  • Dream Machine Robotics in Richmond, MN: $3,000 to help cover costs to attend a robotics tournament
  • Farm Rescue in Horace, ND: $2,500 to provide planting and harvesting assistance to farm families who have suffered significant injury or illness, or experienced a natural disaster
  • Servant’s Heart Clinic in Yankton, SD: $2,200 for providing mental healthcare and vital medications

The Midco Foundation encourages nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves to apply for future grants for special projects, facilities improvements, equipment and programs. Starting this fall, Midco will accept grants from its new service area in Lawrence, KS. Review the requirements, criteria and application at Midco.com/Foundation. Applications for the fall 2017 grant cycle will open on May 15, 2017 and will be accepted through September 1, 2017. Applicants will receive a status notification by November 1, 2017.

The following list details the organizations receiving spring 2017 grants:

  • Bemidji: City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation, $1,000
  • Bemidji: Sanford Health Foundation of Northern MN, $5,000
  • Bethel: East Bethel Community School, $300
  • Crookston: Polk County Historical Society, $1,200
  • East Grand Forks: New Heights Elementary, $1,400
  • Glyndon: Glyndon Felton Elementary Parents Association, $1,400
  • International Falls: Koochiching County Community Television, $2,000
  • Moorhead: Eventide Senior Living Communities, $2,000
  • Richmond: Dream Machine Robotics, $3,000
North Dakota
  • Bismarck: Northridge Elementary School, $1,500
  • Bismarck: Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, $1,000
  • Casselton: Central Cass School District, $1,500
  • Devils Lake: Central Middle School, $1,200
  • Devils Lake: Safe Alternatives for Abused Families, $1,600
  • Fargo: Dress for Success Red River Valley, $1,000
  • Fargo: F5 Project, $1,000
  • Fargo: Family Wellness, $1,500
  • Fargo: Fargo Public Schools District #1, $1,500
  • Fargo, Fraser, Ltd., $1,500
  • Fargo: PATH, $1,200
  • Fargo: YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, $1,000
  • Fargo: UP Aquatics, Inc., $1,600
  • Fessenden: Fessenden-Bowdon School Robotics Team, $1,200
  • Grand Forks: Community Violence Intervention Center, $2,000
  • Grand Forks: Empire Arts Center, $1,000
  • Grant Forks: University of ND Society of Women Engineers, $1,000
  • Horace: Farm Rescue, $1,300
  • Hunter: Northern Cass School District #97, $1,300
  • Mapleton: Mapleton Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000
  • Mayville: West Trail Ambulance, $2,200
  • Minot: Companions for Children, $1,000
  • Minot: Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, $2,000
  • Minot: Minot Public Schools, $1,000
  • Underwood: Community Cupboard of Underwood, $1,500
  • Wahpeton: Wahpeton Public Schools, $2,200
  • West Fargo: Southdale Seniors, $2,000
  • Williston: St. Joseph’s Elementary, $1,600 
South Dakota
  • Aberdeen: Aberdeen Catholic School System. $2,000
  • Aberdeen: Boys & Girls Club of Aberdeen Area, $1,000
  • Crooks: City of Crooks, $1,000
  • Huron: James River Royal Family KIDS Camp, $1,050
  • Mitchell: Avera Brady Health and Rehab, $1,600
  • Rapid City: Catholic Social Services, $1,000
  • Rapid City: Chiesman Center for Democracy, $1,000
  • Rapid City: Rapid City Arts Council, $1,000
  • Rapid City: Western Resources for Independent Living, $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: Augie Access, $1,500
  • Sioux Falls: Family Visitation Center, $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: Feeding South Dakota, $1,500
  • Sioux Falls: Helpline Center, $3,000
  • Sioux Falls: Lunch Is Served, $1,800
  • Sioux Falls: Washington Pavilion, $1,600
  • Spearfish: Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association, $1,000
  • Watertown: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Glacial Lakes, $1,500
  • Webster: Day County Search and Rescue, $3,000
  • Yankton: Heartland Humane Society, $1,500
  • Yankton: Servant Hearts Clinic, $2,200
  • Yankton: United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton, $1,000

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