The Yankton Area Foundation has granted Onward Yankton, Inc. a $2,500 grant for the planning and implementation of community development projects.
Melissa Christianson, a board member for the Yankton Area Foundation, said the organization selected Onward Yankton as the beneficiary of the grant because of the nonprofit’s dedication to community growth.
“Onward Yankton has demonstrated its commitment to promoting the people in our community, which is key in helping Yankton prosper,” Christianson said. “We are excited that Onward Yankton has committed to working with entrepreneurs in our community to help their businesses grow, as well as offering educational outreach to aspiring startups and working to revitalize our downtown area.”
Onward Yankton is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the public interest in community preservation and improvement by encouraging the development of entrepreneurial thinking and activity. The organization focuses on three core missions: Promoting and fostering entrepreneurship, creating strong partnerships with local education entities and developing a thriving creative downtown district.
RJ Rieger, president of Onward Yankton’s board of directors, said the funds from the Yankton Area Foundation will be used to support upcoming Onward Yankton projects. Onward Yankton recently applied to Dakota Resources’ Design South Dakota, a program that helps small towns shape their future through an intensive community design and planning event. Onward Yankton also applied to be a part of Dakota Rising, a three-year Dakota Resources program that helps rural entrepreneurs discover new ways to grow their business.
“We are so grateful for organizations like the Yankton Area Foundation that are stepping forward to help Yankton reach its full potential,” Rieger said. “If we are accepted into the Dakota Resources programs, these funds will help us fulfill our mission to help entrepreneurs thrive in Yankton and bring new businesses to the community.”