Community Action

Community Action Grant Guidelines

Black Hills Area Community Foundation Community Action Grant

This $50,000 grant opportunity is only available to BHACF Agency Endowment Fund Holders. This grant will be awarded to an organization that is employing innovative ideas, leverageing community partnerships, and focusing efforts on sustainable practices. The first step of the process is for organizations to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI.)
The BHACF Grants Committee will review all LOIs and select FIVE organizations to submit a full application. Once the deadline for full applications is closed, each organization will be asked to set up an informal interview with members of the grants committee to discuss their application. After all interviews have been completed, the BHACF Board of Directors will select an organization to receive the Community Action Grant!
Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, school, government entity or religious organization. Applicants must also have an agency endowment 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, Ogalala Lakota, and Pennington.
You must currently have an agency endowment fund with the 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: Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Environment and Natural Resources, Community and Economic Developement, Youth and/or families, Social/Human Services, Education, Housing, Food Security and Disaster Recovery.
Requests can support ongoing or new programs/projects.
What Types of Projects are NOT Funded?
  • Grants will no 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 application for sponsored programs.
  • Funding for multi-year projects or support will not be considered.
  • Grant funds cannot be use for reimbursement of any expenses incurred prior to the grant notification date.
  • Please do not submit any requests of support for capital campaigns, they will not be considered.