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 2018 Quality of Life Grants are due by March 1, 2018. Please review the eligibility and criteria below to see if your organization qualifies for funding.

 

Eligibility

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 $10,000. 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 Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development, Youth, Social Services, Education, Disaster and Recovery.  Requests can support operations and capacity building, transformational projects/programs, ongoing or new projects/programs, and sustainability efforts.

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 organization or project must respond to a clear and compelling community need in the Black Hills area with a well-developed program or project that responds to that need.
  • The organization must demonstrate that they have the operational capacity, the staff and the leadership to carry out the efforts proposed.
  • The organization or project/program must maximize community resources through cooperation, collaboration and shared learning.  Projects/programs that demonstrate collaboration through joint ventures leading to increased effectiveness and efficiency among organizations and/or public agencies will be prioritized.

 

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 May 15, 2018.  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, 2019.

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