SD Foundation for the Blind & Visually Impaired - Mini Grants

The South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired awards mini grants for special projects. The projects need to be related to the purpose of the Foundation, which is to expand social, recreational, and educational opportunities for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Foundation funds will not be used to fund existing programs or supplement administrative costs. The Board of Directors will evaluate grants on a first-come first-served basis, and will determine the number of grants to be awarded each school year.

The Foundation Board will consider mini grant requests at each quarterly Board of Directors meeting. Grant proposals need to be submitted electronically to the SDSBVI Administrative Assistant at least one month prior to the meeting so they can be forwarded to the Foundation Board for review. The Foundation Board generally meets the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October.

Application forms are provided for mini grants and may be obtained from the SDSBVI Administrative Assistant. You do not need to add any extra pages except for a copy of the "Denied" SDSBVI Purchase Order.  The sections of the grant are:

  • Introduction: What are you planning to do? (overview)
  • Statement of Need: Why you think this will be important to the students?
  • Request: What do you plan to do? (more in-depth than introduction above)
  • Proposed Budget: What will each part of your project cost and what is the total requested?
  • Duration of Project: How long will it take to complete this project?
  • Submitted By:
  • Date Submitted:

If your grant is approved, you will be expected to provide a summary of your project.