FAQ

Who should / can apply for grants?

Grants are generally awarded to 501 (c)(3) public charities and United States governmental agencies within South Dakota, with preference given to western South Dakota and the Black Hills region.

We do not fund international organizations, non-501(c)(3) organizations, individuals, museums, requests from form letters, speaking events other than our annual speaker series, “An Evening With..” We typically do not fund organizations that have been in existence for less than five years, endowments, benefit events, sports activities, publications and/or video production, programs with religious content, camp development and infrastructure, or animal-related programs. We also typically do not do a lead gift for capital campaigns. Review our funding priority program areas, and eligibility guidelines for more information or contact us if you have questions.

How do I apply for a grant?

There is a three-step process for applying. First, confirm that your organization meets our eligibility guidelines and your request is in a Program Area we fund. Next, submit a letter of inquiry How to Apply. Finally, if approved, you will be invited to submit an application.

How do I get an application?

You will be invited to complete a Grant Application if your Letter of Inquiry is accepted. See How to Apply for more details about this process.

How often can I apply?

Organizations are limited to one Letter of Inquiry in any twelve-month period. If an organization is a current grantee and wants to request another grant upon completion of the current grant, after required reports have been submitted and approved, the Foundation may consider future requests.

How much time does it take to find out if I am awarded funding?

If your Letter of Inquiry is accepted, we will ask you to complete a grant application. Depending on teh size or nature of the grant request and after careful review of the request, a site visit may be scheduled. Once the application has been reviewed by thh Program Officer, the application will move forward to the Board of Directors for consideration and their next meeting. Board meetings are held quarterly. You will be prompty notified of acceptance or rejection of your grant application. 

What information should be in the Letter of Inquiry?

Letters of Inquiry are typically no more than 2-3 pages, but there is no page limit, spacing or font requirement. Keep your letter concise, but thorough. We do not respond to mass mailed fundraising form letters. The letter should be signed by an individual authorized to contract on behalf of your organization (example Executive Director or Board President). Letters of Inquiry should include the following content:

  • Summarize your organization’s mission and goals.
  • Describe your proposal/project, the amount and purpose of the funding you are requesting.
  • Include the IRS Tax ID number and mailing address of the organization who would receive the funds, if awarded.
  • Include contact information of the person who can answer questions about the request (name, title, email address, phone number).

Submit your Letter of Inquiry by email or mail to:

John T. Vucurevich Foundation
2800 Jackson Boulevard
Suite 410
Rapid City, SD 57702

What is the average size of grants awarded?

We are more interested in the quality of the request. We have funded from $1,000 to $1,000,000. The average grant size is $50,000 to $100,000 but the actual grant amount depends on many factors such as the size of the grantee organization, single year or multiple year award, and unsolicited or collaborative proposal..

Do you fund churches or religious private schools?

No, we do not directly fund churches or programs with religious content. However, we have provided grants to health and human service related programs that have been created or assisted by churches. We typically do not fund grants to a religious private school.

Can I apply for a personal scholarship from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation?

No, we do not award scholarships directly to individuals. Scholarship funds are given to state universities, colleges or technical schools and the recipients are chosen by them.

What do you NOT fund?

We do not fund international organizations, non-501(c)(3) organizations, individuals, museums, requests from form letters, speaking events other than our annual speaker series, “An Evening With..” We typically do not fund organizations that have been in existence for less than five years, endowments, benefit events, event sponsorships, sports activities, publications and/or video production, programs with religious content, camp development and infrastructure, or animal-related programs. We also typically do not do a lead gift for capital campaigns.  Review our funding priority program areas, and eligibility guidelines for more information or contact us if you have questions.

Do you accept / respond to form letters?

No, we do not respond to any form letters.

What geographic region do you fund?

Grants are generally awarded to organizations in South Dakota, with preference given to western South Dakota and in particular, the Black Hills region. Consideration will be given to organizations outside of our geographic area if the proposed grant will directly assist people living within our geographic area.