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SDCF Beyond the Idea Grant Program

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF), in partnership with the Bush Foundation, will begin accepting applications for the Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) program March 1. The application window will close at noon Central Time on March 31.

The program will award $1.2 million each year for 6 years to eligible nonprofits in South Dakota. BIG Program funds will be used to support innovative projects as well as ongoing, well-established projects that are in the process of developing, testing, and spreading ideas that make the region better for everyone. These funds are also intended to inspire, equip, and connect leaders to lead change more effectively in our state.


  • Applicants should be a public, nonprofit organization as defined by IRS Publication 78. Organizations may also work with a verified fiscal sponsor who can receive funds on their behalf.
  • The SDCF does not make grants in support of political campaigns, discriminatory practices, or for personal gain.
  • All grants must benefit communities in South Dakota

There will be two rounds of grant applications accepted in 2023. Eligible applicant requests may range from $5,000 to $100,000 per year. Successful applicants from the March opening will be announced in June 2023.

For more information and application information click here.

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