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Midco Foundation Awards 65 Grants


Sioux Falls, SD: As part of an ongoing commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, Midco® has awarded 65 nonprofits, schools and government organizations with Midco Foundation grants. The organizations, which span 39 communities in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, learned about their grant awards in late October. In total, the Midco Foundation awarded $105,000 in grant money this fall.

“There are so many worthy causes and initiatives, as evidenced by the large number of applications we received,” said Wynne Haakenstad, Director of Programming for Midco and Chairperson of the Midco Foundation. “It is a difficult and humbling task for the Foundation board, comprised of Midco team members, to review and make impactful grant decisions. We are pleased to be able to support 65 such organizations with grants to further their missions in our communities.”

The Foundation board reviews and approves funding requests to charitable entities twice a year. Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.9 million to causes within its service area. Some of this year’s grantees include:

  • Lawrence Police Blue Santa: $2,000 to purchase gifts and holiday meals for families in need
  • uCodeGirl: $2,500 to implement its STEM mentorship camp
  • REACH Literacy: $2,500 to promote an everyday English program aimed at the Hispanic workforce 

The Midco Foundation encourages nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves to apply for future grants for special projects, facilities improvements, equipment and programs. Review the requirements, criteria and application at Applications for the spring 2019 grant cycle will open December 1, 2018.

The following list details the organizations receiving fall 2018 grants:


  • Eudora: Eudora ACES Society $2,000
  • Lawrence: Watkins Museum of History/Douglas County Historical Society $1,000
  • Lawrence: Just Food of Douglas County $2,000
  • Lawrence: Lawrence Police Blue Santa $2,000
  • Lawrence: Headquarters, Inc. $4,000
  • Lawrence: Lawrence Presbyterian Manor $2,500
  • Tonganoxie: Friends of the Tonganoxie Public Library $1,500


  • Bemidji: TEDx Bemidji $1,000
  • Bemidji: The Nameless Coalition for the Homeless $2,000
  • Bena: Bugonaygeshig School $1,000
  • Crookston: Polk County Developmental Achievement Center $2,000
  • International Falls: The Salvation Army of International Falls $1,700
  • Moorhead: Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity $1,500
  • Ortonville: Ortonville Police Department $2,000
  • Sherburn: Sherburn Fire Department & Ambulance Service $2,000
  • St. Paul: Spare Key $1,000

North Dakota

  • Bismarck: Face It Together Bismarck-Mandan $1,000
  • Bismarck: Abused Adult Resource Center $2,000
  • Bismarck: Gateway to Science $2,000
  • Bismarck: Missouri Valley Family YMCA $1,000
  • Devils Lake: The Village Family Service Center $1,000
  • Dickinson: Western Wellness Foundation $1,000
  • Fargo: uCodeGirl $2,500
  • Fargo: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley $2,000
  • Fargo: New Life Center $2,000
  • Fargo: Hope Blooms $1,000
  • Fargo: ShareHouse $2,000
  • Fargo: Jeremiah Program Fargo $1,500
  • Fargo: 4 Luv of Dog Rescue-Spay and Neuter Impact Project $500
  • Grand Forks: Grand Forks Central High School Engineering Technology Club $1,500
  • Grand Forks: Hope Church $1,000
  • Grand Forks: Valley Community Health Centers $1,500
  • Grand Forks: Community Violence Intervention Center $1,500
  • Hannaford: Hannaford Park District $2,000
  • Hettinger: Adams County Development Corp/Community Foundation $2,000
  • Horace: Farm Rescue $1,000
  • Mandan: North Dakota Adult & Teen Challenge $2,000
  • Manvel: Manvel Park Board $1,000
  • Minot: Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch $1,000
  • Minot: Independence, Inc. $1,000
  • Mohall: Mohall Public Library $1,500
  • Richardton: Richardton Rural Fire Protection District $1,500
  • Rolla: Rolette County Emergency Management $1,000
  • Underwood: Community Cupboard of Underwood $1,200
  • West Fargo: North Dakota Autism Center $1,000

South Dakota

  • Aberdeen: Aberdeen Catholic School System $2,000
  • Box Elder: Vandenberg Elementary School $3,100
  • Brandon: Survivors Joining for Hope $1,000
  • Mitchell: Abbott House $1,500
  • Pierre: South Dakota Guardianship Program, Inc. $2,000
  • Rapid City: Fork Real Community Café $2,000
  • Rapid City: Volunteers of America Northern Rockies $1,000
  • Rapid City: Rapid City Club for Boys $2,000
  • Rapid City: Panther PTA $1,000
  • Roslyn: CARE $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: Feeding South Dakota $2,500
  • Sioux Falls: South Dakota HDSA $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: DakotAbilities $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: Ronald McDonald House of South Dakota $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: REACH Literacy $2,500
  • Sturgis: Sturgis Community Preschool $1,500
  • Summerset: Ride Therapy Project $1,000
  • Vermillion: United Way Vermillion $2,000
  • Watertown: Watertown Middle School Science Department $2,000
  • Watertown: Watertown Police Department $1,500

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