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Larson Family Foundation Grant

Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits to Improve the
Quality of Life for Residents in Eligible Locations

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Grants to South Dakota nonprofit organizations, units of government, and educational institutions for community benefit initiatives. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life for residents. Preference is given to initiatives that support basic human needs including education, food, shelter, and clothing.

The Foundation provides support for new, expanding or sustaining program services, endowments, capital campaigns and general operating expenses. The Foundation may consider salary and equipment expenses if they are part of expanding program services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178527

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation’s grants range from $800 to $500,000. The average grant, however, is typically $40,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation may grant support for several years. Funding commitments, however, are generally made on a year-to-year basis. It is expected that organizations spend the awarded grant monies within one year of receipt. Funds not exactly spent within this timeline must be returned to the Foundation unless ​authorized by the Larson Foundation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classifications from the Internal Revenue Service including educational institutions, and qualified government units.

Letters of Intent must be from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations within the State of South Dakota.

The Foundation funds only non-denominational programs. A religiously affiliated group may operate a program, but participation must be open to anyone. Services must not involve proselytizing of any particular religious belief.

The Foundation does not provide funding for:
- Individuals, such as scholarships, loans or pledges for fundraising events such as marathons, relays/walks, cycling, etc
- Loans or reduction of existing debt
- Benefits and event sponsorship
- Economic development projects
- Costs affiliated with fundraising events, political campaigns or programs designed to influence legislation
- Assisted living or medical facilities (except in the area of health prevention programs; medical equipment excluded)

The Foundation will not consider requests for general fundraising, deficit financing, loans, grants or scholarships to individuals or loans. The Foundation also does not make grants for research projects or give support to conferences, seminars, media events or workshops unless they are an integral part of a broader program. The Foundation will not provide funding to pay for operating and/or administrative expenses including, but not limited to rent, utilities, salaries, fringe benefits, office furniture, and computer equipment utilized for administrative record keeping, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

The first step in applying to the Foundation is a short letter of intent. The Foundation reviews letters on a continuous basis, and they may be submitted any time during the year. After the Foundation reviews your inquiry, they will contact you as to the next step in the application process.

An Application will be emailed to you should the Larson Foundation wish to review a complete proposal.

Application deadlines are September 1 and March 1 of each year. You will be informed of the Board's decision in May or November following the board meeting in which your application was discussed.

The Foundation generally does not provide additional funding to an organization until the completion of the organization's previous funding cycle (one year after receipt of a grant). Exceptions may be made in the case of emergency assistance.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: South Dakota

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