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Midco Foundation Awards 65 Grants

Sioux Falls, SD – The Midco Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to 65 nonprofits, schools and government organizations across the Midwest. These grant recipients have been recognized as positive changemakers in their 28 respective communities. The grants are part of an ongoing commitment to be a force for good in the communities Midco serves.

“Midco is proud to be able to extend financial help to 65 organizations that are working tirelessly to provide support in their communities. We are at a time in history where support is needed in so many areas at unprecedented levels,” said Wynne Haakenstad, Chair and Executive Director of the Midco Foundation.

Since its inception in 1987, the Midco Foundation has donated more than $5 million to support the work of non-profit organizations, local governments and schools. This past spring, the Midco Foundation donated $250,000 to area food banks to address food insecurity due to COVID-19.

The Midco Foundation board reviews and approves funding requests to charitable entities twice a year and encourages nonprofit organizations to apply for future grants for special projects, facilities improvements, equipment and programs. Review the requirements, criteria and application at Applications for the spring 2021 grant cycle will open December 1.

The following list details the organizations receiving fall 2020 grants:


Eudora:           Eudora Middle-High School Science Olympiad $1,000        

Lawrence:       Home Works USA-A project of the Bassuk Center $3,500  

Lawrence:       Elizabeth B Ballard Community Center $2,300        

Lawrence:       Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ, Inc. $1,750

Lawrence:       Lawrence Schools Foundation $1,500

Lawrence:       Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County $1,500

Lawrence:       Heartland Community Health Center $1,000

Lawrence:       Van Go Inc. $1,000

Lawrence:       American Red Cross, Douglas County $1,000



Balaton:           Balaton Area Community Foundation $2,500

Breckenridge: Valley Lake Boys Home $1,500

Cambridge:     New Pathways Inc. $3,000

Fairmont:         Caregiver Response Effort & Service Team $2,000

Forest Lake:    Lakes Center for Youth and Families $2,000

Mapleton:        Maple River Loaves & Fishes Food Shelf $3,000

Moorhead:       Historical and Culture Society of Clay County $1,000

Olivia:              Renville County Food Shelf $5,000

Ortonville:        Ortonville Fire Department $1,100

Sartell:             Power to Save Life/Advocates for Health $5,345

St. Cloud:        Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest $1,000

Waite Park:     Terebinth Refuge $2,000


North Dakota

Beulah:            Mercer County Women’s Action & Resource Center $3,000

Beulah:            Beulah Police Department $1,000

Bismarck:        Abused Adult Resource Center $1,500

Bismarck:        Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch $1,000   

Bismarck:        Bis-Man Mentor Squad $1,000

Bismarck:        Dorothy Moses Elementary School $1,000

Bismarck:        Junior Achievement Bismarck-Mandan $500

Bismarck:        The Dacotah Foundation $1,000

Dickinson:       Western Wellness Foundation - Best Friends Mentoring $2,000

Fargo:              uCodeGirl $2,500

Fargo:              Fraser, Ltd $1,750     

Fargo:              Hospice of the Red River Valley $1,500

Fargo:             Ethos Home Care & Hospice $1,500            

Fargo:              Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley $1,500

Fargo:              Friends of the Children Fargo-Moorhead $1,500

Fargo:              YWCA Cass Clay $2,000

Fargo:              Hope Blooms $1,000

Fargo:              BIO Girls, Inc. $1,000

Fargo:              Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead $1,500 

Grand Forks:   Salvation Army of Grand Forks $2,000

Mandan:          AID, Inc. $2,000


South Dakota

Aberdeen:       Boys & Girls Club of Aberdeen $2,000

Aberdeen:       The Journey Home $1,750

Lennox:           Lincoln County Fairground Association $2,000

Mitchell:           Mitchell Weekend SnackPack Program $1,500

Rapid City:      Rapid City Club for Boys, Inc. $1,500           

Rapid City:      Catholic Social Services $1,500

Rapid City:      Youth and Family Services $1,000

Sioux Falls:     DakotAbilities $3,500

Sioux Falls:     Breathe Bravely $2,000         

Sioux Falls:     Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences $1,900

Sioux Falls:     Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society $1,500

Sioux Falls:     Toy Lending Library $1,500

Sioux Falls:     Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota $1,500

Sioux Falls:     Sertoma Boy Scout Troop #48 $642

Sioux Falls:     Sioux Falls Photography Collaborative $1,500

Sioux Falls:     Sioux Falls YMCA-Camp Leif Ericson $1,500

Sioux Falls:     Volunteers of America, Dakotas $1,000

Sioux Falls:     REACH Literacy $1,000

Sioux Falls:     Caminando Juntos-Presentation Sisters Hispanic Ministry $1,000

Sioux Falls:     Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation $1,000

Sioux Falls:     Ground-Works/SD Ag in the Classroom $1,000

Sturgis:            Sturgis Community Preschool, Inc. $1,000

Vermillion:       Vermillion Area Robotics Association $1,000