An evening with Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., oncologist and cancer researcher. A Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer. Appearing October 3rd, at 7:30 PM at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre.

Program Areas

The Foundation has identified the program areas of arts, education and health and human services as their funding priorities and will accept unsolicited or collaborative proposals if your organization meets grant eligibility guidelines.

In addition to funding each of these programs areas, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation awards grants to a variety of collaborative projects. Collaborations for Change are partnerships among multiple organizations who each contribute to one common goal, at times branching across more than one program area.

The Board of Directors gives careful consideration to the program areas that are selected as funding priorities. The Foundation seeks to learn about and understand community issues by listening…through hosting conversations, convening focus groups and attending meetings or events. In some circumstances, the Foundation will participate in the completion of a needs assessment such as the Black Hills Community Needs Assessment 2011 conducted to determine the most pressing needs in the six counties of the Black Hills in the topic areas of Employment, Education, Crime & Safety, Child & Adolescents, Housing, Health (Physical & Mental), Art & Culture.



The John T. Vucurevich Foundation believes that supporting the Arts enhances the quality of life of individuals and of the society as a whole. Research positively correlates arts education to school success factors such as higher graduation rates and stronger achievement scores as well as social and emotional development, civic engagement, and future participation in the arts. Our support in the arts will help us promote the achievement of the broader goals of the Foundation.

Funding priorities within the arts include:
  • Provide arts education for the underserved.

Examples of Arts funding are:


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The John T. Vucurevich Foundation supports innovative approaches to improving educational outcomes in the focus areas of school readiness and attendance, aligned out of school time programs, grade level achievement, on-time high school graduation, work and life skills, and access to higher education because we believe that a solid education is the catalyst for financial independence and self-realization.

Funding priorities within education include:

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  • Improve school readiness and attendance.
  • Align out of school time programs to student’s individualized scholastic goals.
  • Improve grade level achievement in reading and math.
  • Enhance on-time high school graduation rates.
  • Advance work and life skills.
  • Provide access to higher education.

Examples of Education Funding are:

Health & Human Services

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The John T. Vucurevich Foundation invests in Health and Human Services programming to help meet the staggering demand in western South Dakota for the most essential of human needs, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Without the basics — food, housing, transportation and access to affordable healthcare to begin life with a healthy start and continue with access to physical, dental and behavioral healthcare — those most at risk in our community will not be able to live healthier and more productive lives. Equally important, is the need to advance the safety and well being of our children through stable homes void of domestic and substance abuse. In order for people to achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of poverty, these fundamental needs must be addressed.

Funding priorities within health and human services include:
  • Improve access to basic human needs, including affordable housing and food.
  • Increase access to affordable healthcare; including physical, dental and behavioral.
  • Advance the safety and well-being of children.
  • Reduce domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect.

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Examples of Health and Human Services funding are: