Grants Awarded - 2015

Black Hills Area Community Foundation
General operating support
Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
To help complete accessibility features of their Volunteer Training Facility
Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud
Afterschool and summer programming
Camp Thunderbird South Dakota
Summer camp serving third through middle school age children on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations
Catholic Social Services
To coordinate the Prosperity Coach Network and a community mentoring program in partnership with Love Inc. to help Rapid City become a poverty informed community
Cheyenne River Youth Project
Youth and family service programming
Children's Home Society
To pilot the “What If” Card Project, an interactive teaching tool that can help assess a child's understanding of a situation as well as the adult on a variety of topics through their Youth Advocacy Center in western South Dakota
City of Lead
Assist in the development of a playground in Lead, SD
Clarke County Hospital
Renovations/addition project at the hospital
Cornerstone Rescue Mission
General operating support for the men's shelter
Dakota State University
Center for Theoretical Underground Physics (CETUP), a summer program where theorists and experimentalists work to serve as a collaboration point for scientists from the around the world interested in theoretical and experimental aspects of underground science to address the most exciting questions in particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics, geosciences, and geomicrobiology at the Sanford Underground Lab in Lead
Family Connection, Inc.
To expand their Children's Connections Program, working with children who have a parent or close relative in prison
Family Services Center
Lawrence County Evening Reporting Center
Feeding South Dakota
Black Hills School Back Pack Program
Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  • Science outreach events at Neutrino Day, a project of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, in Lead, SD and for educational projects at the Lakota Nation Invitational to be held in Rapid City mid December
  • Create a "Basic Elements of Drawing" DVD with Dick Termes for SDPB Digital Learning Library
Gathering of People, Wind & Water
Native Art Market and Cultural Celebration at Main Street Square in Rapid City
Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons
For the Girl Scout STEM (It's Your Planet Love It) Program in nontraditional settings on Pine Ridge Reservation and Rapid City
Good Shepherd Clinic
Start-up equipment and supplies for an emergency dental care program in Spearfish
Helpline Center
  • Promotion of the VITA and AARP free income tax preparation service for the 2015 tax year
  • Provide 211 services 24/7 to callers, to educate the community about the 211 service, and to maintain and update the 211 database in the Black Hills
Hope Center
Drop-in Day Center in Rapid City for those living in poverty and the homeless, providing advocacy services and Lifelong learning classes, a telephone/message center, mailing center, and a space for individual storage
Horizons Health Care
To implement a data backup plan for their community health and dental clinics throughout South Dakota
Literacy Council of the Black Hills
Hire staff to help coordinate efforts and support volunteers due to the increase in community need for tutoring adults in basic reading and writing skills, as well as English language learning
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
Summer Camp Program for children enrolled in MDA
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
To implement NAMI programs in the Black Hills area and surrounding reservation communities
Northern Hills Drug Court
Assist participants/families with basic needs, training for the team, incentives for participants, as well as supplies for drug court graduation ceremonies.
Northern Hills Family Recreation Center
Renovations to the Handley Recreation Center in Lead, SD
Partnership With Native Americans
For the Four Directions Leadership Program, a training for emerging leaders in their partner agencies in South Dakota
Pennington County DUI Court
Assist participants and their families with ancillary services to encourage and reinforce positive behavior while participating in the program
Pennington County Sheriff's Office
Pennington County Chaplain Program (local ministers/priests donate their time to provide counseling and support for both law enforcement and victims)
Rapid City Area School District
Credit Recovery Program at Central High School
Rapid City Arts Council
  • For their teen and young adults arts education program
  • To partner with regional arts organizations in 2016 on the American's for the Arts (AFTA) Arts and Economic Prosperity V Study
  • For Arts Rapid City to continue to build and incubate a shared services module for the local creative sector, which includes maintaining the operations and growth of, and priorities identifed by the Future of the Arts Collaborative
Rapid City Club for Boys
Afterschool programming for boys ages 6 to 17
Realtors for Kids
Providing financial assistance to children with medical needs throughout the Northern Black Hills
Renee Parker Honorarium
United Way of the Black Hills
Rushmore Music Camp
Scholarships for students attending Rushmore Music Camp
South Dakota Community Foundation
Research and development of a Day of Giving in South Dakota
South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Abuse
To identify the unmet needs of child victims of crime in South Dakota through a statewide survey
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Culture and Attitude Scholarship & Mentoring Program for Women
Teach for America - South Dakota
Continue the growth of corps members in South Dakota Teach for America
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Matching funds to provide wraparound services for a construction training grant in the Porcupine District on the Pine Ridge Reservation
University Center Rapid City
Scholarships for students not eligible for traditional scholarships  
Volunteers of America
For Mommy's Closet providing basic life necessities to families with children up to age five including housing, food, diapers, and clothing
Purchase vehicles to transport youth.
Western Resources for Independent Living
Purchase a wheel chair accessible, twelve passenger van for the Adult Day Center in Rapid City
Working Against Violence, Inc.
  • Upgrades to the security system
  • General operations to support their increased focus on community outreach and education efforts, children's programming and Project SAFE domestic and sexual violence programming
Youth and Family Services
Girls, Inc. Program for afterschool programming for girls ages 6 to 17 in Rapid City
2015 Grand Total $3,677,781