Larson Family Foundation

Helping South Dakotans achieve a better quality of life.

Fund Details

Created in 1990, The Larson Family Foundation is a private, non-profit organization. It was established by Dale Larson, CEO and President of Larson Manufacturing Company, the nation's leading manufacturer of storm doors and storm windows. The purpose of establishing a foundation was to give back to the community of Brookings and the state of South Dakota which have played a significant role in the growth and prospering of Larson Manufacturing.

The Larson Family also recognizes that there are few foundations in the State of South Dakota to fulfill the need of the state's communities and citizens. It is the wish of the Larson Family to help improve the quality of life for all South Dakotans.

The Larson Family Foundation is comprised of a group of five Board Members who meet twice a year to review applications.

Board Members

  • O. Dale Larson, President
  • Maree Larson
  • Carmelle Jackson
  • Bridget Larson Ennevor
  • Robert Jostad

The Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classifications from the Internal Revenue Service including educational institutions, and qualified government units.

The Foundation will not consider requests for general fundraising, deficit financing, loans, grants or scholarships to individuals or loans. The Foundation also does not make grants for research projects or give support to conferences, seminars, media events or workshops unless they are an integral part of a broader program. The Foundation will not provide funding to pay for operating and/or administrative expenses including, but not limited to rent, utilities, salaries, fringe benefits, office furniture, and computer equipment utilized for administrative record keeping, etc.

The Foundation may grant support for several years. Funding commitments, however, are generally made on a year-to-year basis. The Foundation generally does not provide additional funding to an organization until the completion of the organization's previous funding cycle (one year after receipt of a grant). Exceptions may be made in the case of emergency assistance.

The Foundation's maximum grant amount to award is $100,000.


SD Humanities Council

Young Readers Matching Grant


Sioux Falls Community Foundation

SDACF/SDHC Endowment



Brookings School District



Lake Mills School

2016 Scholarship


Red Cloud Indian School

Healthy Meals/Volunteers


Human Services




Boys & Girls Club Moody County



Boys & Girls Club Moody County

Program Funding


Boys & Girls Club Brookings

Program Funding


Boys & Girls Club Rosebud

Program Funding


Brookings County Youth Mentoring

Program expenses


Brookings Area Habitat Humanity

Purchase lots


Brookings Public Library

Wireless access/computers


Cheyenne River Youth Project

Art Program


Children's Home Society



Community Outreach

Crisis care


Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

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New Vehicle


East Central CASA

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Family Visitation Center

Program Funding


Feeding South Dakota

Program Funding


Habitat for Humanity SD

Program Funding


Harmony South Dakota

Program Expenses


Helpline Center

Social Media Network





Lutheran Social Services



Mitchell Area Safehouse

Program Services


Multi-Cultural Center

Program Expenses


Native American Community Board

Food Pantry/Backpack



Program expenses


SD Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault

Program Expenses


Teach for America – SD

Program Expenses


The Wholeness Center

Program Funding


Volunteers of America – Dakotas

RSVP Program



Program Funding


Youth & Family Services

Healthy Connections


United Way

United Way Freeborn County

Match Employee Donations


Employee Matching Funds Program

Brookings Humane Society

Match Employee Donations


The Neighborhoods

Match Employee Donations


Hope Ministries

Match Employee Donations


Grayson County Shelter Inc

Match Employee Donations


How does an organization apply for a Foundation grant?

  • An organization must first submit a Letter of Inquiry in eGrant. Organizations that best meet the Foundation’s grant guidelines, criteria and funding priorities will be invited to submit a complete grant application. The Foundation has two grant cycles per year; LOI’s may be submitted January 2 - February 15 and July 2 - August 15 by midnight CT each year. If invited to submit a complete grant application, applications must be submitted by March 1 or September 1 by midnight CT each year.

What is the average size of a grant?

  • The Foundation’s grants range from $800 to $500,000. The average grant, however, is typically $40,000.

What types of support are available from the Foundation?

  • The Foundation prefers to support basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and education. Within these criteria, the Foundation provides support for new, expanding or sustaining program services, endowments, capital campaigns and general operating expenses, not including rent, utilities, office furniture, salaries, benefits, and computer equipment used for administrative purposes. The Foundation may consider salary and equipment expenses if they are part of expanding program services.

Does the Foundation fund faith-based organizations?

  • The Foundation funds only non-denominational programs. A religiously affiliated group may operate a program, but participation must be open to anyone. Services must not involve proselytizing of any particular religious belief.

Are there organizations that the Foundation does not fund?

  • The Foundation does not provide funding for:
    • Individuals, such as scholarships, loans or pledges for fundraising events such as marathons, relays/walks, cycling, etc.
    • Loans or reduction of existing debt
    • Benefits and event sponsorship
    • Economic development projects
    • Costs affiliated with fundraising events, political campaigns or programs designed to influence legislation
    • Assisted living or medical facilities (except in the area of health prevention programs; medical equipment excluded)

Is there a limit to the number of grants an organization can receive?

  • An organization may apply for a grant annually. However, applicants that have received a grant are advised to submit a final evaluation report before submitting another application for consideration.

Is it expected that we spend the grant money within a year and what if we don’t spend all the monies granted?

  • It is expected that organizations spend the awarded grant monies within one year of receipt. Funds not exactly spent within this timeline must be returned to the Foundation unless ​authorized by the Larson Foundation.

Looking to apply?

Larson Family Foundation Grant Process

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) must be from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations whose office resides in the state of South Dakota.

The first step in applying to the Foundation is a short LOI. Deadlines to submit a LOI are January 2 - February 15 and July 2 - August 15 by midnight CT each year. After we review your inquiry, we will contact you as to the next step in the application process.

LOIs must be from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations within the State of South Dakota. LOIs should include the following:

  • a brief statement of your organization
  • a brief summary of the activities for which you are requesting support
  • the amount requested from the Foundation

Due Date for Applications are March 1 and September 1, midnight, CT of each year.

Submit LOI

When a letter of inquiry reflects most closely the Foundation's program priorities, we will ask you to complete the Larson Foundation Grant Application in eGrant. This should not be interpreted as an indication of likely support as the Foundation receives more applications than it can fund.

Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1, midnight, CT of each year. You will be informed of the Board's decision in May or November following the board meeting in which your application was discussed. If a grant is awarded, you will be asked to sign a Due Diligence form that defines progress reporting and other requirements.

Larson Foundation requires a final evaluation be submitted in eGrant at the end of project.

Submit your final evaluation.

Have questions? Reach out to us.