The Orrion and Edith Barger Memorial Foundation primary goals include supporting charitable and educational purposes in Brule and Lyman Counties, though other parts of South Dakota may also be considered by the Board of Directors depending on need.


March 1 is the deadline for applications.


The board’s general guidelines for awarding funding are:

  • To select situations where a sizeable gift will help establish or revive a project, organization, or program that provides long-term benefits to a large segment of the community.

  • To avoid long-term commitments that tie up a large portion of the foundation’s earnings.

  • To provide support to charitable organizations that help individuals in need, rather than giving money directly to individuals or families.

  • Recipient organizations should have independent sources of funding for their annual operating expenses.