Who should / can apply for grants?
Note our geographical focus is Western South Dakota, in particular, the Black Hills region. Grants are awarded to public charities that are tax -exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Tax Code and "not a private foundation" under Section 509 (a) of the Code. Grants can also be awarded to United States governmental agencies or schools.
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 unsolicited grant request per twelve-month period. For current grantees - after required reports have been submitted and approved on current grant, 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 approved, we will ask you to complete a grant application. Depending on the 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 the JTVF Team, 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 denial of your grant application.
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 individuals, school affiliated trips, museums, animal-related projects, international requests, requests from form letters. We do NOT normally fund endowments, benefit events, event sponsorship, sports activities, publications, video, and film production, direct religous activities, political campaign activities, camp development and infrastructure, lead gift for Capital Campaign, organizations that have been in existence for less than five years, and speaking events other than our annual speaker series, “An Evening With..” 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?
Our geographical focus is Western South Dakota, in particular, the Black Hills region. Consideration may be given to organizations outside of our geographic area if the proposed grant will directly assist people living within our geographic area.