$6.5 million granted to Vision Fund recipients

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The Rapid City Common Council has approved the list of Vision Fund Committee recommendations for funding recipients.

After an extensive round of presentations and discussions, the council approved the list by a 6 to 3 vote.

The committee has been meeting since early September, pouring over nearly two dozen proposals. They ultimately chose 10 projects that meet the goals and values of Rapid City's comprehensive plan to better the community, totaling $6.5 million in funding.

One recipient, Rushmore Little League deciding to use their funds to pay it forward to others. League President, Jim Bussell, explains their project.

“This neighborhood has been a tremendous host to Rushmore Little League for over 50 years, and so we saw an opportunity to improve the lighting situation - essentially to extend the Light the Night program that originated in Roosevelt Park along the bike path.”

The new lighting will run from Roosevelt Park north to the intersection of Herman Street and East New York Street, then west to North Maple Street.

Bussell says the modifications will add security and will also help reduce crime in the area. MORE ON THE LEAGUE'S MISSION

Projects approved for funding:

Disabled American Veterans: Flag Pole for $21,000.

Community Health Center of the Black Hills: Mental Health Pod for $523,406.

Wellfully: Premier Adolescent Care Center (LAB Space) for $1,125,000.

Rural America Initiatives: Community Center for $2 million.

Rushmore Little League: Field Lighting Project for $25,000.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology: Turf and Beautification of Corridor for $1,897,604.

Central States Fair: Stall Barn Expansion for $550,000

Summer Nights:  Stage for $127,990.

ASA Softball:  New Concessions/Bathroom Building for $200,000.

The Skin Institute:  Shade Structure installation for $30,000.

Click here to see the 25 organizations that applied this year.


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