Tea Area Community Foundation awards grants



The Tea Area Community Foundation recently awarded nearly $9,000 in grants to help local nonprofit organizations.

“Our endowment fund continues to grow because of strong community support, allowing us to award grants for a variety of exceptional projects and causes that will truly make an impact,” the TACF announced. “Interest in our grants was exceptionally high, with applications far exceeding the amount of money that was available.”

The TACF typically presents the grants to recipients at its annual meeting in April, but opted to mail them for a second consecutive year because of the ongoing COVID pandemic. This is the 16th year that the foundation has awarded grants through its endowment fund to support projects and purchases that benefit and enhance the quality of life for Tea area residents.

“We sincerely thank the many businesses and individuals who have contributed to our endowment fund to make this possible. Your support is making such a positive impact in our community.”

Grant recipients and project descriptions include the following:

Tea Community Food Distribution to purchase food through Feeding South Dakota to provide to families during monthly drive-through distributions

Tea Community Library for its summer program for Tea area youths and families

tLink for a Born Learning Trail

Lincoln County Fairgrounds Foundation to help with construction of a youth livestock complex at the new fairgrounds

Tea Police Department for medical emergency equipment and radio enhancements

Tea Area School District to purchase equipment for its residential construction program

Tea Area School District to purchase signage that will be installed in various areas of the city

Junior Achievement of South Dakota for youth programs focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, work readiness and ethics

Lincoln County Achievement Days to purchase shelving for open-class entries