This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is competing to win a $10,000 Wellmark Foundation Community Kickstarter grant. From now through October 7, members of the public can vote for CRYP’s grant project once per day at www.facebook.com/WellmarkBCBS.
To date, the Wellmark Foundation has received approximately 120 qualified applications. Although public voting is just one part of the overall scoring process, it demonstrates which projects have the most community support.
If CRYP wins, this grant funding will allow it to provide critical infrastructure for youth at the East Lincoln Street campus in Eagle Butte. For example, CRYP staff hope to build a greenhouse in the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden so they can jumpstart the all-too-short growing season in north-central South Dakota. Also on deck: the installation of new safety pads in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s full-size gymnasium.