Community Action

Community Action Grant Guidelines

Black Hills Area Community Foundation Community Action Grant

This is a $50,000 grant opportunity available only to BHACF Agency Endowed Fund Holders. This grant will be awarded to an organization that is employing innovative ideas, leveraging community partnerships, and focusing efforts on sustainable practices. Letters of Interest (LOI) can be submitted for the first step of the process. Five of the organizations that successfully submit an LOI will be selected as finalists by the BHACF Board and will be invited to submit a formal application. For the finalists selected, applications and interviews need to be completed. After all interview have been conducted, BHACF's Grants Committee will choose and announce the award.



Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, school, government entity or religious organization. Applicants must also have an agency endowed fund with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation (BHACF). Requested support must be for organizations or activities that take place in one or more counties in the geographic focus of BHACF: Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Oglala Lakota, and Pennington.

You must currently have an agency endowed fund with BHACF to qualify for the Community Action Grant.
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 ongoing or new programs/projects.  Please no requests for support to capital campaigns.


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 funds cannot be used for reimbursement of any expenses incurred prior to the grant notification date.

Grant Review Criteria

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

  • The organization or project responds to a clear and compelling community need in the Black Hills area with 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 project/program proposed.
  • The organization or project must maximize community resources through cooperation collaboration and shared learning.  Programs and/or projects that demonstrate collaboration through joint ventures leading to increased effectiveness and efficiency among organizations and/or public agencies will be prioritized.
  • The organization must develop a plan for sustainability and demonstrate that they have considered the long-term impact of the project/program they are proposing.
  • The organization must submit an evaluation plan through which impact will be measured for the funds being requested.