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
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
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 $4,243,761

Health and Human Services

Abbot 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
General operating support of Rapid City Child Hunger Programs
Hope Center
For operating expenses to support programming to assist individuals working through the crisis of poverty and homelessness
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
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 $5,115,500


Anonymous Honorarium
One Heart
Dale Clement Honorarium
University of South Dakota (Barbara Hughes Clement Program Endowment Fund)
Helpline Center
  • $60,000 - 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 
  • $5,240 - Volunteer Connections Program Evaluation

Jennifer Trucano Honorarium
YMCA of Rapid City
Larry Piersol Honorarium
South Dakota News Watch
United Way of the Black Hills
For strategic planning implementation
Other Total $139,407
2019 Grand Total $9,518,668