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66 Organizations Awarded Midco Foundation Grants

May 2, 2018 – Sioux Falls, SD: Committed to giving back to the communities it serves, Midco has awarded 66 nonprofits, schools and government organizations with a Midco Foundation grant. The organizations, which span 34 communities in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, learned about their grant awards in late April. In total, the Midco Foundation awarded more than $97,000 in grant money this spring.

"It’s incredibly humbling to review the many grant applications we receive, and it’s so inspiring to learn about all of the incredible work that goes on in the communities we serve," said Wynne Haakenstad, Director of Programming for Midco and Chairperson of the Midco Foundation. "This spring, the Midco Foundation was proud to award 66 organizations with grants. These amazing organizations make our communities better, and we’re honored to help them achieve their missions.”

The Foundation board reviews and approves funding requests to charitable entities twice a year. Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.8 million to causes within its service area. Some of this year’s grantees include:

  • The Lawrence Community Shelter: $7,000 to purchase a new commercial oven to cook meals for homeless adults and children
  • Grand Forks Public Library: $2,500 to expand the robotics program to include a First Lego League Jr. team
  • Black Hills Works, Inc.: $3,000 to create a new “Adopt A Home” program for adults living with disabilities

The Midco Foundation encourages nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves to apply for future grants for special projects, facilities improvements, equipment and programs. Review the requirements, criteria and application at Midco.com/Foundation. Applications for the fall 2018 grant cycle will open June 1.

The following list details the organizations receiving spring 2018 grants:


  • Eudora: Eudora Public Library $2,500
  • Lawrence: The Lawrence Community Shelter $7,000
  • Lawrence: Elizabeth E. Ballard Center $1,200
  • Lawrence: Spencer Museum of Art $1,000
  • Lawrence: Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, Inc. $1,500
  • Linwood: Operation Wildlife  $1,000


  • Becker: Becker Robotics $1,000
  • Bemidji: Headwaters School of Music and the Arts $1,000
  • Bemidji: Great River Rescue $1,000
  • Breckenridge: Someplace Safe $1,200
  • Fairmont: Martin County Veterans Memorial $1,000
  • Holdingford: City of Holdingford $1,000
  • International Falls: Servants of Shelter of Koochiching County $2,500
  • International Falls: Citizens for Backus/AB, Inc. $1,000
  • Moorhead: Dorothy Dodds Elementary PTAC $3,000
  • St. Francis: St. Francis Elementary Association of Parents & Teachers $1,000

North Dakota

  • Beulah: Beulah Public Library $1,000
  • Beulah: Mercer County Women’s Action and Resource Center $1,000
  • Bismarck: Dakota Zoo $1,000
  • Bismarck: Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center $2,750
  • Bismarck: The Innovation School $2,000
  • Bismarck: Guardian and Protective Services $1,000
  • Buxton: Buxton Fire Department $2,000
  • Fargo: Community Homes & Resources in Service to Many (CHARISM) $2,000
  • Fargo: FirstLink $1,000
  • Fargo: Clara Barton Hawthorne PTA $1,500
  • Grand Forks: Altru Health System’s Music Therapy Program $1,000
  • Grand Forks: Grand Forks Public Library $2,500
  • Grand Forks: North Dakota Association for the Disabled, Inc. $1,500
  • Mandan: Dakota Leathernecks Detachment #1419 $1,500
  • Mayville: City of Mayville $1,000
  • Minot: YWCA Minot $1,000
  • Minot: Rehab Services, Inc. $1,000
  • Minot: The Salvation Army of Minot $1,000
  • New Rockford: New Rockford Park Board $1,000
  • New Rockford: New Rockford-Sheyenne School $1,000
  • Pick City: Pick City Park Project $1,000
  • Riverdale: Riverdale Ambulance Service $2,500
  • Wahpeton: Kids Konnection $1,000
  • West Fargo: West Fargo Public Library $1,500
  • West Fargo: Haley’s Hope $1,000

South Dakota

  • Aberdeen: Brown County Dive Team $1,000
  • Canton: Canton Middle School $2,100
  • Huron: Royal Family KIDS Camp James River $1,000
  • Ipswich: Ipswich Flower & Garden Club $1,000
  • Ipswich: Ipswich Tiger Post Community Education Center $1,000
  • Mitchell: First Circuit CASA Program $1,000
  • Mitchell: Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area $1,000
  • Rapid City: Black Hills Works, Inc. $3,000
  • Rapid City: WellFully $1,750
  • Rapid City: Stevens High School Band $1,000
  • Rapid City: Youth Camp and Family Services, Inc. $1,000
  • Rapid City: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills $1,000
  • Rapid City: SunCatcher’s Therapeutic Riding Academy $1,750
  • Sioux Falls: Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science $1,500
  • Sioux Falls: Susan G. Komen Great Plains $1,500
  • Sioux Falls: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: Code Bootcamp School $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: EmBe $1,880
  • Sioux Falls: Discovery Elementary PTO Incorporated $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: The Banquet $1,500
  • Summerset: Rapid Acceleration 4593 FIRST Robotics Team $1,000
  • Webster: Webster 20/20 Inc. First and Goal Club $1,000
  • Webster: Webster Active Living Trail and City of Webster $1,000
  • Yankton: Pathways Shelter for the Homeless, Inc. $1,500
  • Yankton: Anchoring to Hope Paul Taggert Foundation for Suicide Awareness & Survivor Aftercare $1,750


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