SDPRA scholarship applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2018 SDPRA scholarships. The program promotes and supports excellence in the field of parks and recreation by providing financial assistance for both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a South Dakota college and university with parks and recreation emphasis. Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded following an application review process. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Read more…

Applications for Watershed Education Fellowship Open

The South Dakota Discovery Center announces they are seeking applicants for the Watershed Education Fellowship. This Fellowship will provide training and support to people who want to develop or improve their knowledge, skills and abilities in teaching K-12 learners about water and watersheds.

Fellowship coordinator Anne Lewis says the Fellowship is targeted to people who may have water education as part of their job or volunteer position but have little to no formal training. Fellows will attend an intensive two and a half day training at the end of November to learn how to effectively teach about water. People interested in applying should go to for more information.

Wellmark Foundation community health grant applications due June 8

The Wellmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants. The small MATCH grants are for up to $25,000 and must be matched at 50 percent. These grants support promising projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health.

Examples of sustainable grants — projects that continue after The Wellmark Foundation grant funding ends — include:

  • Promoting trail development — regional trail-planning efforts, promoting pedestrian, bicycle, or trail master plans and actual trail construction
  • Providing safe, accessible venues for physical activity in a community
  • Advancing active transportation concepts — Safe Routes to School projects, walking school busses, community walking audits and adding bicycle parking
  • Improving access to locally sourced foods — establishing or improving infrastructure of farmers’ markets and establishing or improving community gardens

Applications for the small MATCH grants are available online and must be submitted by midnight on June 8. To view previous Wellmark Foundation MATCH grant recipients, visit

Worksite UV protection grants available from SD DOH

The South Dakota Department of Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program recently announced a funding opportunity to support work sites in implementing a work site UV protection policy. Research shows that creating a work site environment that supports UV protection provides many benefits to both employees and employers. All South Dakota work sites whose employee base includes outdoor workers are eligible to apply for funding. Up to three eligible projects will be awarded up to $1,000 each. The application deadline is April 25. Learn more

Paddle Nation grants open

Applications are being accepted for the Paddle Nation grant program, a unique funding opportunity sponsored by The Outdoor Foundation to give organizations the resources and funding needed to bring their creative paddle projects to life. Projects should reinforce the idea that recreational paddling is one of the most accessible and impactful ways in which young Americans are introduced to the outdoors. The grant is open to non-profits and will be awarded in amounts of up to $5,000. The application deadline is April 13. Read more…