Oweesta funding round of financial education grants

Dear Editor,

Your readers may be interested in this information regarding financial education grants for Native communities. Although these grants are for South Dakota tribes, Oweesta works with tribes all around the country and would be happy to provide further information about programs that may be in your area.

The First Nations Oweesta Corporation (Oweesta) is pleased to announce 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 the state of South Dakota.

Elsie Meeks, president and CEO of Oweesta comments, “Financial education and homebuyer education are essential elements in building strong Native communities. 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 South Dakota Native Financial Education Grant will fund organizations to enhance their programs and increase their ability to effectively deliver training and education in their community. Deadline to apply is May 15, 2009.

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, Nebraska, which serves members of the Ponca Tribe in South Dakota. Grant recipients used the awards in a variety of ways including upgrading their computer and impact data tracking systems, offering additional financial education workshops, purchasing course materials and increasing their 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.

Please visit www.oweesta.org for a program description and application instructions or contact David Fleming with specific questions on this grant at:

(605) 342-3770

or mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kim Hayes
Rapid City, South Dakota