​About Our Grants

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.

View our Previous Grant Recipients

Letter of Intent

The first step in applying to the Foundation is a short letter of intent. We review letters on a continuous basis, and they may be submitted any time during the year. After we review your inquiry, we will contact you as to the next step in the application process.

We will acknowledge the receipt of all letters of intent. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within one month of sending your letter, please feel free to contact us.

Letters of Intent must be from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations within the State of South Dakota. Letters of Intent 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


Submit a Letter of Intent



​Application and Evaluation

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

*An Application will be emailed to you should the Larson Foundation wish to review a complete proposal.

Application deadlines are September 1 and March 1 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 Grant Agreement that defines progress reporting and other requirements.

Applicants should submit six copies to the Foundation which must include:

  • Documentation of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3)
  • Names of your organization's Administrative Staff and Board of Directors
  • Qualifications of Staff responsible for project
  • Organizational and Project Budgets

Grant Progress Report

Larson Foundation requires progress reports on grants as defined in the terms of the Grant Agreement.

Submit a Progress Report