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