Welcome to Black Hills Area Community Foundation

Connecting People Who Care to Causes that Matter.

The BHACF provides philanthropic leadership to build community endowments to invest in people and solutions that positively impact the Black Hills area.

Applications for the 2017 Quality of Life Grants are due by March 1, 2017. Please review the eligibility and criteria below to see if your organization qualifies for funding.



Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, school, government entity or religious organization. Organizations may only apply for one Quality of Life Grant per year for up to $7,500. Requested support must be for organizations or activities that take place in one or more counties in the geographic focus of BHACF.

BHACF’s geographic focus in the Black Hills area are the counties of Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Oglala Lakota, and Pennington and the adjacent counties of Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Perkins, and Ziebach.

What Types of Projects Are Funded?

BHACF supports a wide variety of proposals. Requests can address issues in: Arts and culture, environment and conservation, education, youth and children, social services, and community and economic development. Requests can support projects, programs, capital projects and general operating support.

What Types of Projects Are NOT Funded?

Grants will not be awarded to support religious activity, political activity, fundraisers or benefits, debt retirement, or organizations working to primarily influence legislation. Supported activities may NOT discriminate against any individual or group based on race, gender, gender expression, age, disability, religion, ethnic or national origin, or otherwise legally protected groups. BHACF will not serve as an applicant for sponsored programs. Funding for multi-year projects or support will not be considered.

Grant Review Criteria

In reviewing applications, the Foundation’s Grantmaking Committee will consider the following criteria:

  • The ability of the organization or project to improve the quality of life and meet recognized needs in the Black Hills region.
  • How the organization or project responds to a clear and compelling community need with a well-developed program or project that responds to the need.
  • How the organization or project maximizes community resources through cooperation, collaboration and shared learning.

Grantmaking Process and Timeline

The Grantmaking Committee of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation will review all qualifying applications after the March 1 deadline. Grants will be recommended to the Board of Directors for approval. Notice of grant decisions will be communicated to all applicants by June 1, 2017. Those organizations chosen to receive a grant will be asked to sign a grant agreement and will be responsible for reporting on the grant by March 1, 2018.