Grants & Scholarships


2019 Grant Recipients

 Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation is pleased to announce $23,388.96 has been awarded through the Heart of the Community grant program for 2019.

Recipients include City of Canton, Canton Good Samaritan Center, Canton Senior Citizen Center, Kingdom Kids Community Daycare, SMILE, West Lyon Booster Club, and Inwood Summer Recreation Program.

The City of Canton received a $7,500 grant to construct a half basketball court at the South Mini Park in Canton. Currently, there is not an outdoor basketball court in any of the city parks. The half basketball court will provide citizens and guests of all ages a place to shoot around, play a pick-up game, and have a 3-on-3 tournament or practice.

Canton Good Samaritan Center purchased an Eva Support Walker with a $1,800 grant. Sometimes referred to a cardiac walker, the Eva Walker supports a patient’s weight when exercising. It easily adjusts to suit different heights and has padded, molded arm pads with a sculpted forearm cutout to keep the arms from slipping off the pads.

A $2,500 grant to the Canton Senior Citizen Center will be used to offer a fitness program to all adults ages 55 plus. The class is taught by a trained instructor and will assist senior citizens with balance, muscle strength and muscle retention.

Kingdom Kids Community Daycare will expand their Sensory Play program by utilizing a $1,042 grant to purchase sensory play toys. Sensory play is an activity that stimulates a young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through sensory play is crucial to brain development.

A grant of $3,500 will be used by SMILE, an employee group at Sanford Canton-Inwood, to provide food to children during Christmas break. During the holidays, it is especially hard for families to meet nutritional needs because of added expenses and the absence of school lunch. Employees purchase and pack bags of groceries that are distributed through various community organizations in Canton and Inwood.

The West Lyon Booster Club will purchase fitness equipment with a $3,896.96 grant. The enhanced Wildcat Wellness program will provide both students and community members the opportunity to develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and overall cardiovascular health.

A new program offered by Inwood Summer Recreation will offer daytime activities for kids ages five through completion of 6th grade. A grant of $3,150 will allow the program to offer daily activities such as crafts, exercise and healthy snacks.

Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation was established in 2009 with funds created by the sale of Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital, assisted living and related assets to Sanford Health. The grant program allows the foundation to meet one of its identified goals of supporting projects that impact community health and inspire additional community investments in projects that benefit health and wellness opportunities.

Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation has invested over $181,000 in our local communities through the Heart of the Community grant program.

Other goals of the foundation include sustaining and improving health care in the Sanford Canton-Inwood service area; supporting Sanford Canton-Inwood, and providing financial assistance for the education of future health care professionals through scholarships.


2019 Scholarship Recipients

In an effort to support the future of health care, Canton-Inwood Area Health Care Foundation awards scholarships annually to deserving students who are pursuing an education in health care.

The 2019 Health Care of Tomorrow Scholarships have been awarded to Kaitlyn Carlon, Grace Hernes, Mason Tieszen, Erica Meyer, Madysn Grotewold, and Kendra Jensen.

Carlon, Hernes and Tieszen are 2019 graduates of Canton High School. Carlon plans to attend Augustana University and major in biology. Hernes will attend University of South Dakota where she plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Tieszen will also attend USD and plans to study dental hygiene.

Meyer and Grotewold are 2019 graduates of West Lyon High School. Meyer will attend Minnesota West Community and Technical College and study surgical technology. Grotewold will study nursing at Northwestern College.

Jensen is a 2019 graduate of Alcester-Hudson High School and will pursue a degree in kinesiology at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.