Midco Foundation Awards 68 Spring Grants

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Midco Foundation Awards 68 Grants

Sioux Falls, SD – The Midco Foundation has awarded $101,500 to 68 nonprofits, schools and government organizations. These grant recipients have been recognized as positive changemakers in their 36 respective communities. The grants are part of an ongoing commitment to giving back to the communities Midco serves.

“We are truly at a time in history where support is needed in so many areas at unprecedented levels. Midco is proud to be able to extend financial help to 68 organizations that are working tirelessly to provide support in their communities,” said Wynne Haakenstad, Chair and Executive Director of the Midco Foundation.

The Black Hills Works Foundation was one of the grant recipients.

“Sincere thanks to the Midco Foundation for its donation of $1,000 in support of new equipment and supplies for EchoWorks, an electronic recycling program that employs people with disabilities. Your gift will directly enhance the quality of life in our Rapid City community. Since submitting our grant request in March, we have already diverted more than 10,000 pounds of electronic waste from our landfill and employed two people with disabilities,” said Tamie Hopp, Director of Philanthropy at Black Hills Works Foundation.

The Falls Hunger Coalition also received a Midco Foundation grant.

“We are specifically using the Midco Foundation grant money to fund our snack pack program. Parents struggle during the summer months feeding their children. Last summer, we gave out more than 900 bags to children in Koochiching County. We love to see the excitement when the kids come to pick up their bags. They can’t wait to dig in and see what we’ve put together for them,” said Ashley Hall, Falls Hunger Coalition’s Executive Director. “Without your support, our food shelf would not be able to serve the vast needs of our area. The Midco Foundation is a valuable asset to our community!”

Since its inception in 1987, the Midco Foundation has donated more than $4.5 million to support the work of non-profit organizations, local governments and schools. The Foundation board reviews and approves funding requests to charitable entities twice a year and 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 2020 grant cycle will be accepted through August 25, 2020.

This past spring, the Midco Foundation donated $250,000 to area food banks to address food insecurity due to COVID-19.

The following list details the organizations receiving spring 2020 grants.

  • Lawrence: Habitat for Humanity $3,500  
  • Lawrence: Communities in Schools of Mid-America $2,500
  • Lawrence: City Play Corps $2,500
  • Lawrence: Haskell Foundation $2,500 
  • Lawrence: Shelter, Inc. – The Children’s Shelter $2,000
  • Lawrence: Lawrence Schools Foundation $1,500
  • Bloomington: Science from Scientists $1,000
  • Breckenridge: Someplace Safe $1,000
  • Cambridge: East Central Regional Library $1,000
  • Eden Prairie: People Reaching Out to People $1,000
  • Forest Lake: Forest Lake Area Schools $2,000
  • International Falls: Falls Hunger Coalition $2,500
  • International Falls: Servants of Shelter of Koochiching County $1,500
  • International Falls: Backus Community Center $1,000
  • Minneota: St. Edward School $1,000     
  • Moorhead: Churches United for the Homeless $1,000   
  • Ortonville: Prairie Five/Big Stone Lake Area Food Shelf $1,000
  • Scandia: Scandia Elementary Enrichment Foundation $2,000
  • St. Francis: St. Francis Elementary Association of Parents and Teachers $1,000
North Dakota
  • Bismarck: Heartview Foundation $2,000
  • Bismarck: Dorothy Moses Elementary School $1,500   
  • Bismarck: Missouri Valley Family YMCA $,1000
  • Bismarck: Charles Hall Youth Services $1,000
  • Devils Lake: North Dakota Community Foundation/City of Devils Lake Curling Club $1,500
  • Dickinson: Best Friends Mentoring $1,500
  • Fargo: Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation $2,500
  • Fargo: New Life Center $1,500         
  • Fargo: Down Home $1,000
  • Fargo: YWCA Cass Clay $1,000      
  • Fargo: Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley $1,000    
  • Grand Forks: Community Violence Intervention Center $2,000
  • Grand Forks: Greater Grand Forks Fair & Exhibition Association $1,500
  • Grand Forks: St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store $1,500
  • Grand Forks: Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Foundation $1,000
  • Hankinson: Hankinson Fire Protection District $2,000
  • Hillsboro: City of Hillsboro $1,000
  • Horace: Farm Rescue $1,000
  • Mapleton: Mapleton Volunteer Fire Department $1,500
  • Minot: Domestic Violence Crisis Center $2,000
  • Minot: Companions for Children $1,000
  • Turtle Lake: Turtle Lake Public Library $500        
  • West Fargo: Haley’s Hope $1,000
  • West Fargo: North Dakota Autism Center $1,000
South Dakota
  • Crooks: City of Crooks $2,000
  • Gayville: Gayville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department $2,500
  • Misson: Teach for America, Inc. $1,500
  • Mitchell: Mitchell Area Safehouse $2,000
  • Parker: Parker High School $1,000   
  • Rapid City: Working Against Violence $1,500          
  • Rapid City: American Red Cross Dakotas $1,000
  • Rapid City: Youth and Family Services $1,000
  • Rapid City: Black Hills Works $1,000
  • Redfield: Redfield Soccer Association $1,500          
  • Sioux Falls: Helpline Center $3,000  
  • Sioux Falls: Sioux Falls Police Department $2,500  
  • Sioux Falls: South Dakota News Watch $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: Lunch Is Served $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: R.F. Pettigrew PTO $1,500
  • Sioux Falls: Sioux Falls Hope Coalition $1,500
  • Sioux Falls: Susan G. Komen Great Plains $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: Compassion Child Care $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: The Salvation Army $1,000
  • Spearfish: Northern Hills Area CASA Program $1,000
  • Spearfish: Spearfish Foundation for Public Education $1,000
  • Warner: DTOM 22/0 Veterans Ranch $1,000
  • Yankton: Yankton Food for Thought $2,000

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