John T. Vucurevich Foundation Announces Grants

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Rapid City, SD - The John T. Vucurevich Foundation recently awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants providing assistance in the funding priority areas of arts, education, and health and human services. Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity, Rapid City - one to one matching grant up to $200,000 to purchase a new building for the expansion of the ReStore outlet, and to incorporate a waste diversion program at the Rapid City landfill.  ReStore offers a recycling service for building materials and household appliances, which helps provide income to support their housing construction program by offering these products to the public for purchase. South Dakota Voices for Children, Sioux Falls - $150,000 for operating support over three years. South Dakota Voices for Children is a statewide organization whose purpose is to improve the lives of all South Dakota children through program and policy advocacy to ensure that their needs are met, including food, clothing, shelter, health care, nurturing, education and safety. Lifeways, Rapid City - $120,000 to continue the established school-based substance abuse prevention and intervention programming in the Southern Hills schools for the 2009-2010 school year.  Lifeways is an accredited alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and outpatient counseling agency. United Way of the Black Hills, Rapid City - $90,000 for the annual fundraising campaign to benefit a variety of non-profit organizations in Rapid City. Women Escaping a Violent Environment (W.E.A.V.E.) Custer - $80,000 for operating expenses, roof repairs and support services.  W.E.A.V.E. is a domestic violence program in Custer that serves Custer and Fall River Counties and outlying areas of Hill City and Keystone. Helpline Center, Sioux Falls - $60,000 for the Black Hills 211 Helpline in Rapid City, Sturgis & the Northern Hills, and to expand to the Southern Hills including Custer, Edgemont and Hot Springs.  211 is a free information and referral helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service and government programs. Front Porch Coalition, Rapid City - $32,000 for operating support to serve Rapid City and the immediate surrounding Black Hills area, working to prevent the incidence of suicide in the community, raising awareness for the causes of suicide and providing support services to suicide survivors through the L.O.S.S. Team, Suicide Prevention and Gatekeeper Training Program and Suicide Awareness Programs. South Dakota Masonic Foundation, Rapid City - a one to one matching grant of up to $12,500  for the purchase of additional computer equipment and supplies for the expansion of the SD Child Identification Program in the Rapid City area. Oelrichs Public School District, Oelrichs - $12,500 for a portable sound system to allow productions in rest homes, churches, theatres and outreach support to their students on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Tree of Life Ministry, Mission - $10,000 for programming at the Sicangu Lakota Youth Center in Mission. Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Rapid City - $5,000 for the promotion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the free income tax preparation service for the 2009 tax year. $598,000 was awarded in scholarships for higher education in South Dakota for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years:
  • $100,000 for the continuation of the John T. Vucurevich Presidential Scholarship at South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University;
  • $100,000 to South Dakota State University and $120,000 to University of South Dakota for their West River Nursing Programs in Rapid City.
  • $80,000 to Western Dakota Technical Institute for students enrolled in areas of critical workforce shortage.
  • $48,000 to Oglala Lakota College providing scholarships to nursing students;
  • $60,000 to South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for South Dakota students and $60,000 for Native American students;
  • $80,000 to Black Hills State University for math and science education, or special education degree students.
The Foundation is also pleased to announce a grant award in the amount of $70,000 for the establishment of the Lawrence Piersol Scholarship at The University of South Dakota Law School. The John T. Vucurevich Foundation funding priorities are in the areas of the arts, education, health and human services, housing and transportation. Our grant application process requires a Letter of Inquiry be submitted as the initial step. For further information, visit our website at or call the Foundation office at 343-3141.

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