Special Grant Opportunities

In partnership with donors, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership that assures the quality of life in our area for good, for ever. Throughout the year, the we accept proposals for special grant opportunities.

Now Accepting Proposals For:

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2019 Excellence in Education Initiative Grants

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation is now accepting proposals for its 2019 Excellence in Education Initiative grants.

Now in its 28th year, the initiative offers grants to teachers who have innovative ideas for classroom projects.

Since the program began, hundreds of programs and activities designed by teachers throughout the Sioux Falls area have received grant funding, enriching educational experiences for students.

In the News

Learn how Sioux Falls Teacher John Hauck from Holy Spirit Elementary used his 2018 Excellence in Education grant to enhance his classroom's curriculum in this story from KSFY-TV.

Online proposals must be received by midnight on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Submit a Proposal


Effie C. Skaarud Animal Welfare and Appreciation Fund

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation is now accepting proposals that serve the purpose of the Effie C. Skaarud Animal Welfare and Appreciation Fund to promote animal welfare, enhance habitat, help animals assist mankind, and enhance public understanding of the animal kingdom.

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Proposal Criteria
  • May be for new or existing programs.
  • May cover total activity costs or some portion thereof.
  • Must serve the greater Sioux Falls area.
  • Must focus on animal welfare, health, and safety, including the prevention of cruelty.

Proposals that aim to enhance the habitat and living conditions of cats, dogs, other household pets, and animals of all kinds are eligible for consideration. Programs that utilize animals for the benefit of man as companions or protectors will also be considered.

Typical grants range from $2,000 to $4,000. Grant recipients will be announced in October.

Online proposals must be received by midnight on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Submit a Proposal

Photo at top: "Beetle the Bear," by Cedar Mueller. Featured in SculptureWalk 2019.