Collective Impact Food Security Grant Guidelines

Food Security Grant Guidelines

Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)3 public charity, school, government entity or religious organization. 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 Collective Impact Food Security Initiative. 


*Priority will be given to organizations involved with the Food Security Workgroup.  If you are not a part of this group and are selected to receive a grant, you will be asked to join in our collective impact effort to increase food security in our community.


What Types of Projects Are Funded?
Requests must address one or more of the gaps identified 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 organizations and 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.
  • Applications 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.
  • Please do not submit any requests of support for capital campaigns, they will not be considered.


Grant Review Criteria
In reviewing applications, the committee 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 5 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 April 2, 2021.