South Dakota Community Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant
to Revive Centerville’s Downtown
PIERRE – The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) selected the Centerville Development Corporation as one of 14 recipients in its recent round of Community Innovation Grants. Community Innovation Grants provide funding aimed at uncovering breakthroughs in community needs across the state. The $10,000 grant will support efforts to address the vacancies in the town’s downtown business district.
Although Centerville has several thriving downtown businesses, a growing number of empty and deteriorating commercial buildings exist in the heart of its downtown. The Centerville Development Corporation believes the vacant buildings dampen chances of attracting new businesses and threatens economic stability in the community.
“This Community Innovation Grant through the South Dakota Community Foundation will allow the Centerville Development Corporation to engage property owners and connect them with community members and potential business owners who have a vested interest in helping to revitalize our downtown,” said Jared Hybertson, Centerville Development Corporation Economic Development Coordinator. “We will host community meetings and social gatherings to spark meaningful conversations with citizens, building owners and community leaders to determine what can be done to address this growing concern in our community. We truly believe that the future of Centerville and its long-term sustainability may depend on it. This grant award will be the push needed to spark revitalization and new business growth in our downtown.
The organization will utilize economic development resources to organize the community meetings. Community stakeholders will discuss what businesses might be successful in downtown and determine how to connect these businesses with available spaces.
“The Centerville Development Corporation is pulling together community partners to use problem-solving practices that are more effective and sustainable than existing approaches,” Jeff Veltkamp, South Dakota Community Foundation, Director of Development. “They see a community challenge and are pulling together resources to lead their community into the future. That’s what Community Innovation Grants are designed to do.”
During 2016, nonprofits across the state will receive a total of $400,000 through the Community Innovation Grant program, which is a partnership between the SDCF and the St. Paul, MN-based Bush Foundation. At this time, all 2016 application rounds have closed. More applications will be accepted early next year.
For more information, interested organizations can visit SDCommunityFoundation.org/CIG to review the grant guidelines and application instructions. In order to qualify, a nonprofit must be IRS Publication 78 verified or have a fiscal sponsor. Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Ginger Niemann by calling 800.888.1842 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Economic Development Coordinator
Centerville Development Corporation
South Dakota Community Foundation
About the SDCF
Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. The
SDCF administers approximately $232 million in total assets for over 760 funds. By commingling endowed assets, the SDCF gives its partners enhanced investment opportunities that provide long-term
support to charitable causes. In 2015, the SDCF distributed more than $11.9 million in grants from all funds. For more information, visit SDCommunityFoundation.org.
About the Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.