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Oweesta offers financial education grants in South Dakota

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RAPID CITY, S.D. – The First Nations Oweesta Corporation recently announced a grant opportunity for Native organizations serving Native communities and people in South Dakota.

With funding provided by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Oweesta is launching the second year of the South Dakota Native Financial Education Grant that will award four mini-grants in the amount of $2,000 each to Native organizations delivering financial education training and/or homebuyer education to Native people in South Dakota.

“Financial education and homebuyer education are essential elements in building strong Native communities,” said Oweesta President and CEO Elsie Meeks. “We are pleased to offer the second round of the South Dakota Native Financial Education Grant to support and expand these efforts in the state of South Dakota. Oweesta thanks the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines for the opportunity and for providing the funding for the grant.”

Organizations that currently offer or are in the process of finalizing the development of financial education and/or homebuyer education programs are encouraged to apply. The financial education grant will fund organizations to enhance programs and increase its ability to effectively deliver training and education in the community. Deadline to apply is May 15. For more information, a program description and application instructions visit Oweesta online or contact David Fleming with specific questions at (605) 342-3770 or

The four recipients of the first round of the South Dakota Native Financial Education Grant were the Teton Coalition in Rapid City, the Lakota Funds in Kyle, Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte and the Ponca Economic Development Corporation in Lincoln, Neb. which serves members of the Ponca Tribe in South Dakota.

Grant recipients used the awards in a variety of ways including upgrading computer and impact data tracking systems, offering additional financial education workshops, purchasing course materials and increasing outreach efforts. Because of this funding, at least 120 adults, as well as middle and high school students, participated in financial education and home buyer education courses.