Youth Philanthropy Grant

Guided by the Rapid City Youth Council, the grant funds programs that support youth. The application prioritizes programs that address mental wellness.


The Youth Philanthropy Grant represents a partnership between the Black Hills Area Community Foundation and the Rapid City Youth City Council. The Youth Philanthropy Grant Committee reviews grant applications to select requests that meet the needs of youth in Rapid City.


Applicants must be an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, school, government entity or religious organization. Requested support must be for organizations or activities that take place in Rapid City.  

  • The grant focuses on programs that support youth, with priority given to applications that address issues around mental health and mental wellness.  
  • Ongoing or new programs, projects, and capacity building efforts are eligible. 

Ineligible projects

  • 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.  
  • Organizations that are fiscally sponsored by BHACF can’t apply for grants through BHACF. 
  • Funding for multi-year projects. 
  • Grant funds cannot be used for reimbursement of any expenses incurred prior to the grant notification date.  
  • Capital campaigns or requests for support of operational expenses (e.g. staffing or overhead). 

Grant Review Criteria  

In reviewing applications, the Youth Philanthropy Grant Committee will consider the following criteria:  

  • Does the organization and its related efforts improve the quality of life and meet identified needs of youth in Rapid City?  
  • Does the organization maximize community resources through cooperation, collaboration, and shared learning?  
  • Does the organization support diversity, inclusion, and equity?  

Grantmaking Process and Timeline  

Grant applications open on Feb. 1 and close on March 15. All applications will be reviewed by the Youth Philanthropy Grant Committee. Notice of grant decisions will be communicated to all applicants within a reasonable amount of time. 

Other Considerations  

Youth Philanthropy will not accept solicited requests for additional support beyond the 1-year grant period.  

Youth Philanthropy appreciates receiving recognition for support for your organization’s initiative in any media reports or new articles. Your publicity can go a long way toward attracting new donors so that even more great community projects can receive support.  

How to apply    

If this is your organization’s first application, you will need to create an account in our grant application portal. When you apply, you’ll login to the portal with your email and password.   

Contact Carrie Robley at if you have any questions about your organization’s account.  

Status: Closed
Opening Date: 02/01/2024
Closing Date: 03/15/2024
Grant Range: $2500