Grants Awarded - 2019


Chamber Music Festival
Discovery of Strings Program and other free educational music programming for youth in the Black Hills
Northern Black Hills Society for the Preservation of the Performing Arts
For the Northern Hills Community Band
Arts Total $20,000


Black Hills State University
Scholarships to low income youth to attend Camp Invention Summer Camp
Black Hills State University Foundation
Scholarships - BH State University Rapid City
Camp Thunderbird South Dakota
For students from low income families to attend a college access camp
Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Early Learning Initiative to support statewide early education efforts in South Dakota
Literacy Council of the Black Hills
Operating support/program coordination for tutoring adults in basic reading and writing skills, as well as the English language learning
Northern Hills Alliance for Children
General operating funds for education services for young children and families in the Northern Black Hills.
Oglala Lakota College
Scholarships - Nursing Program
Rapid City Club for Boys
Capital Campaign to improve programming and safety at the Club
Rapid City Club for Boys
General operating support to provide outreach and expansion programming to middle and high school boys
Rushmore Consumer Credit Counseling
Operating support to provide financial/housing counseling and education on renting or buying a home
South Dakota State University Foundation
Scholarships - Rapid City Nursing Program
Starting Strong Initiative/Early Childhood Connections
Scholarship program for preschool education for 3 and 4 year olds from low income families in Rapid City as part of our prosperity cradle to career initiative
University of South Dakota Foundation
Scholarships - Rapid City Nursing Program
Western Dakota Technical Institute
  • $682,472 - Student Success Center to provide services and supports to assist high risk students to be successful and graduate
  • $320,000 - Scholarships - LPN/ADN Nursing Programs
  • $200,000 - Scholarships - Other WDT Programs
Youth and Family Services
General operations for the Girls, Inc. Program and Health Connections
Education Total $4,548,830

Health and Human Services

Abbott House, Inc.
To build two foster homes for children in foster care and apartments for youth aging out of the foster care system
To expand the availability of affordable housing and provide supportive services in Rapid City over a multi-year period
Feeding South Dakota
  • $50,000 - General operating support of Rapid City Child Hunger Programs
  • $75,000 - To purchase a new truck to be used in Rapid City and surrounding communities to help with food security efforts

Hope Center
For operating expenses to support programming to assist individuals working through the crisis of poverty and homelessness
Love, Inc.
Campaign for remodeling a new facility to consolidate programming to one location
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
For children in Western South Dakota to attend the MDA Summer Camp at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
To implement the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations 8 Dimensions of Wellness Initiative through a model called “Moving from Illness to Wellness” for individuals and families impacted by mental illness
New Start Housing Collaborative
To provide housing vouchers for individuals and families unable to access public housing and receiving extensive case management and support services
Northern Hills Drug & 4th Circuit DUI Courts
Assist participants and their families with ancillary services to encourage and reinforce positive behavior while participating in the program
Pennington County DUI & Drug Courts
Assist participants and their families with miscellaneous expenses while participating in the program 
Pennington County Health & Human Services
Discreationary funds for basic needs and job-related expenses and tiered incentives for the Safe Solutions Program
Volunteers of America
  • $100,000 - Coordination of the Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition
  • $50,000 - Mommy’s Closet, providing basic life necessities to families with children up to age five including housing, food, diapers, and clothing
Western SD Senior Services, Inc.
For purchase of a temperature-controlled delivery truck along with operating expenses to provide meals to seniors (Meals on Wheels)
Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI)
  • $220,500 - Operating support for Project Safe, children's programs and community outreach and education efforts related to domestic violence
  • $50,000 - Youth Violence in Prevention (YVIP) collaborative programming for local youth in middle school and high school to participate in educational leadership building sessions and create youth projects on sexual violence prevention
Health and Human Services Total $5,802,500


Anonymous Honorarium
One Heart
Black Hills Area Community Foundation
Matching funds to assist nonprofits to grow their endowments
Dale Clement Honorarium
University of South Dakota (Barbara Hughes Clement Program Endowment Fund)
Helpline Center
  • $67,000 - General operating support for Black Hills 211 Helpline Center to provide callers with information about and referrals to social services for every day needs and in times of crisis 
  • $60,240 - General operating support to maintain the Volunteer Connections database and provide tools and supports to other area non-profits, along with Volunteer Connections Program Evaluation 
  • $7,420 - Promotion and volunteer recruitment of the VITA and AARP free income tax preparation service for the 2020 tax year in the Black Hills, in partnership with AARP

Jennifer Trucano Honorarium
YMCA of Rapid City
Larry Piersol Honorarium
South Dakota News Watch
Ray Hillenbrand Memoriam
Construction and maintenance of the Ray of Hope Garden on the OneHeart Campus
United Way of the Black Hills
For strategic planning and implementation
Other Total $603,827
2019 Grand Total $10,975,157