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The BHACF provides philanthropic leadership to build community endowments to invest in people and solutions that positively impact the Black Hills area.

Margaret Warren & Grace Lemley Animal Welfare Grant


Margaret “Maggie” Lemley Warren was born September 16, 1916 and passed away August 26, 1998 at the age of 81. Maggie devoted her life to animals whether it be her ranch animals, feeding the raccoons at night, feeding birds and caring for abused animals. She devoted her life to save and care for animals. It is in the spirit of Maggie’s love of animals that The Margaret Warren & Grace Lemley Animal Welfare Grant was created. This grant is designed to honor the legacy of Maggie’s passion and support Black Hills Area animal welfare organizations.


Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, school, government entity or religious organization. organizations may only apply for one Animal Welfare 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: Oglala-Lakota, Fall River, Custer, Pennington, Meade, Lawrence and Butte.

What Types of Projects Are Funded?

Requests for support must address an aspect of animal welfar. 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.

Evaluation 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.
  • The ability of the organization to sustain the stated effort beyond the grant period.
  • The maximum allowable grant designated within this opportunity is $5,000.