Food Security Collective Impact

Food Security Grant Guidelines


Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, school, government entity or religious organization. Organizations may only apply for one Food Security Grant per year. Requested support must be for organizations and activities that take place in Rapid City or Box Elder and support the overall collaborative efforts of the Rapid City Collective Impact Food Security Oversight Committee (FSOC). Only applicants that are actively attending the bi-annual FSOC or FSOC Working Group meetings may apply for this opportunity.

What Types of Projects Are Funded?

Requests for support must come from an organization that is a partner/member of the FSOC and is represented at the bi-annual and/or monthly sub-working group meetings on a regular basis. Requests must address one or more of the gaps identified by the FSOC and are as follows: 1) increasing access to food in one or more of the 13 priority geographies of Rapid City; 2) increasing access to food during long breaks from school; 3) increasing access to food during the weekend and/or after business hours; 4) increasing access to nutritious food options; 5) increasing access to food and nutrition education. You can request support for ongoing or new programs/projects. Requests can support projects, programs, capacity building, operational expenses, and SMALL capital improvements. Please do not submit any request of support for 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. Please do not submit any requests of support for capital campaigns.

Grant Review Criteria

In reviewing applications, the FSOC will consider the following criteria:
• The ability of the organization to implement the activities proposed in their application
• The ability of the organization to respond to one of the 4 identified gaps in food security with a clear and compelling proposal
• How the organization or project maximizes community resources through cooperation, collaboration and shared learning.
• The ability of the organization to sustain the stated effort beyond the grant period.

The deadline for this grant opportunity is March 13, 2020. All elements of the application must be received by 11:59 PM on the 13th.