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 2019 Quality of Life Grants are due by March 1, 2019. 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. Requested support must be for organizations or activities that take place in one or more counties in the geographic focus of BHACF.

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. 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 Foundation’s Grantmaking Committee will consider the following criteria:

  • The ability of the organization or project to improve the quality of life and meet identified 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.
  • The ability of the organization to sustain the stated effort beyond the grant period.

Other Considerations
The maximum allowable grant designated within this opportunity is $10,000.  If you have a program/project or operational budget that exceeds $100,000, please identify a specific line item within your budget that can be feasibly supported via a $10,000 grant. The budget form submitted as part of this application should then reflect that specific need vs. your entire program or operational budget.

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 24, 2019.  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, 2020.