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The Wellmark Foundation awards more than $114,000 in Small MATCH grants

November 18, 2020

Des Moines, IA — The Wellmark Foundation has awarded seven South Dakota organizations with their Small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants. These organizations were notified in August of their pending awards and had 12 weeks to secure the required matching funds. Small MATCH grant recipients were able to use a combination of in-kind donations, services and cash in order to receive their award from The Wellmark Foundation. All the funded projects will help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity or access to and consumption of nutritious foods.

"The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award a total of $114,216 to these seven South Dakota organizations," said Mary Lawyer, The Wellmark Foundation executive director. "The projects these organizations are implementing will enhance the quality of life and the overall well-being of citizens in their communities for several generations."

The seven organizations awarded a Wellmark Foundation 2020 Small MATCH grant include:

City of Lennox, $25,000
West Evergreen Park Improvements

City of Martin, $25,000
Revitalizing Martin's Basketball Court

Custer Area Economic Development Corporation, $6,216
Community-School Garden

DakotAbilities, $5,000
From Dirt to Dining: Healthy Eating Starts with a Seed

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, $25,000
Demonstration Kitchen & Garden-to-Table Dining

Tom Pfeifle Memorial, Inc., $13,000
Raider Park Connector Trail

Veblen Club, $15,000
New Playground

Learn more about these projects. Since its inception in 1991, The Wellmark Foundation has provided more than $36 million in grant funding to communities across Iowa and South Dakota.