grant info:

We hope the following information will assist you, the referring person or agency, in deciding if your referral meets our guidelines for the disbursement of funds. Our level of giving is best described as “Filling in the Gaps”. The Grant Request Committee wants to receive as much information about the referred child as possible. We ask that you tell the child’s story, the need (not the want), and the financial circumstances. This gives the committee the opportunity to become familiar with the child’s situation and to make the decision about approving the funds requested. The committee wants to see a face and hear the story of the child.

grant guidelines:

  • The child must live in or be from one of the communities served by the Realtor® Associate of the Sioux Empire (RASE). This includes all communities in Lincoln, Minnehaha, Turner, McCook, and Lake counties.
  • ​The child must be 18 years old or younger.
  • A separate application is required for each child even if the children are from the same household.

rfk approves funds for the following:

  • Community-based organizations that provide support and on-site care for children that are abused, neglected, abandoned, and disabled
  • ​Kids with medical needs, especially those who require immediate and ongoing treatment; insurance companies often do not pay for travel expenses to and from treatment, but RFK will help with those expenses; medical gifts are given annually with the exception of life-threatening or extenuating circumstances
  • ​Community- and school-related activities, which are driven by the financial hardship of the family and child
  • ​RFK will also consider giving funds for kids who need glasses, sports shoes, band instruments, project materials, fees to participate in camps, school trips, or related peer activities

RFK does not ​sponsor chidren's sports teams or events, nor do we fund other organization's projects or fundraising efforts. Requests will be accepted from referral agencies such as medical clinics, schools, social services, CASA or other child-related agencies, our members, and community members who know of a child in need. We do not accept requests directly from the parent(s) of the child(ren) needing assistance.


For complete terms and conditions or to download a paper application, click below:

2016 GRANTS AWARDED:

  • Izabelle, Chase, and Zachary - reading and speech development summer programs
  • Wyatt - funds toward hearing aids
  • Avery and Alexus - tutoring 
  • Jett, Orlando, and Rayce - summer program tuition
  • Charlie - tutoring program
  • St. Lambert's students - summer tutoring for three kids
  • Kane kids - camp attendance
  • Lowell Elementary School - weighted vests to help students focus and promote self calming
  • Madden - iPad for leaning and speech development
  • Phoenyx - partial funds for stroller transportation system
  • Aiden - summer reading program tuition
  • Christian - therapy chair
  • Jade - activities fees
  • Ayla - ASL conference attendance for her family
  • Jett - mattress
  • ​Trevor - eyeglasses
  • Nehemiah - driver's training
  • Sophie - medical and travel expenses


2015 grants awarded:

  • Olivia - iPad for communication assistance
  • Miles - iPad for language development
  • Capri - glasses and shoes
  • Jayden - home supplies
  • Hawthorne Elementary - GAP Closet replenishment
  • Tony - after-school activities
  • Reiley - baby supplies
  • Kaiden - medical and surgical expenses
  • Celebrating Families - socks and underwear for kids in need
  • Josue - vision assessment to assist with reading skills
  • Caden - medical expenses
  • Dominic - tutoring
  • Jack - iPad Mini and necessary apps to assist with communication and development
  • Kennedy - camp
  • Lorenzo/Sanchez kids - iPads to assist with language development and learning
  • Karla and Diana - summer tutoring
  • Clayton - home swing set to assist with the development of his motor skills
  • Caitlin and Ernest - car seat/stroller for their new baby girl
  • Jaiden - specialty medical equipment
  • Alex, James, Lauren, Maxinne, and Camilla - summer tutoring
  • Lucas - summer tutoring
  • Faith and Zach - medical expenses
  • Liam - high chair
  • Eduardo - new shoes for graduation
  • Kane kids (four siblings) - summer camp attendance
  • Jack - summer tutoring
  • Jago - summer tutoring
  • Noah - summer tutoring
  • Zephaniah - high chair
  • Hope - car seat and stroller
  • Andrew - travel and medical expenses for surgery
  • Lowell Elementary - running shoes for kids in an after-school program
  • Sam - academic tutoring
  • Grace - play equipment
  • Leo - speech therapy sessions
  • Amber and Jade - school supplies
  • St. Mary Elementary - tutoring for five students
  • Eli - personal FM system to assist with language development, listening, and learning
  • Chad - after-school tutoring for academic development
  • Caleb - medical and travel expenses for out-of-state surgery
  • Anne Sullivan Elementary School - clothing and winter gear for kids in need
  • Tom - airline travel and hotel accommodations for out-of-state surgery
  • Oscar Howe Elementary - winter coats for school kids in need
  • Jackson kids - personal supplies to replace those lost in home fire


2014 GRANTS AWARDED:

  • Livia - iPad to assist with language and auditory development
  • Dawson and Oliver - furniture for their new bedroom
  • Walton family - clothing, bedding, and food after the family home was lost in a fire
  • Wyatt - tutoring
  • Berkley - iPad to assist with language and listening development
  • Jago - tutoring services
  • Deacon - cranial helmet
  • Mara - Cochlear ear implant
  • Ayden - iPad to assist with ASL
  • ​Jesse - iPad to assist with academic development
  • ​Ayla - special needs equipment
  • Ephraim - special needs equipment
  • Chad - academic development
  • Ethan - iPad to assist with communication and academic development
  • Kennedy - dance camp
  • Lisa - school supplies
  • Amber - leadership camp
  • Kevin - social skills classes
  • Aiden - Autism behavioral therapy
  • ​Zach - vision therapy to help with learning
  • ​Basilica - tutoring to help with reading disability
  • ​Lowell Elementary - winter clothes for kids in need
  • ​Kobe - ADHD medication to assist in the classroom
  • ​Jeren - medical expenses for infant with congenital nasal disorder
  • ​Aurora - school supplies, clothing, and beds for three children
  • Annie Sullivan School - winter clothing and school supplies
  • ​Joshua - Autism behavioral therapy​
  • Ian - SpeechEasy device to assist with daily communications