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The Wellmark Foundation awards more than $135,000 in Small MATCH grants

December 2, 2021

Sioux Falls, SD — The Wellmark Foundation has provided six South Dakota organizations with their Small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant awards. 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 $135,780 to these six 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."

Since its inception in 1991, The Wellmark Foundation has provided more than $39 million in grant funding to communities across Iowa and South Dakota.

The six South Dakota organizations awarded a Wellmark Foundation 2021 Small MATCH grant include:

City of Canistota, $20,873
Pickleball Courts

City of Chamberlain, $25,000
Chamberlain Dinosaur Park

City of Willow Lake, $25,000
Improving the Playground at Veterans Memorial Park

Clark County, $25,000
Clark County Activity Center

Edmunds Central School District, $24,907
Ag Innovation Lab, Rescoe

Mercy Housing Midwest, $15,000
Rapid City Resident Food Growth and Safety Initiative

Learn more about these projects.