Community Action

Community Action Grant Guidelines

Please review the eligibility and criteria below to see if your organization qualifies for funding.

This Community Action Grant opportunity is available by invitation only to nonprofit agencies who have endowed funds at Black Hills Area Community Foundation.


Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, school, government entity or religious organization.  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.

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.