Grantees 2021

A COVID-19 Response Fund

JTVF has provided COVID-19 Response Funding to various organizations focused on food security, eviction mitigation, supplies, technology, and childcare


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills

Mentoring programs for at-risk youth


Black Hills Area Community Foundation

  • $1,000,000 Affordable Housing Fund intended to spur development of supportive and affordable housing in Rapid City
  • $5,000,000 Affordable Housing Fund to be used to match private and public contributions into the Rapid City Strategic Housing Trust Fund
  • $300,000 Matching funds to assist nonprofits to grow their endowments


Black Hills Community Theatre

Education and outreach efforts provided to area schools to incorporate theatre activities into other areas of learning to enhance comprehension and communication


Black Hills Playhouse

A new outdoor stage and performing space at the theatre in Custer State Park


Black Hills State University Foundation

  • $250,000 – Scholarships – BH State University Rapid City
  • $5,000 – Scholarships to low income youth to attend Camp Invention Summer Camp


Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud

Support for three youth centers and a teen center located in Mission, Rosebud, and Parmelee on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation 


CASA Program Seventh Circuit Court

Staffing, training, and volunteer support to advocate for children


Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills

Educational music programming for youth in the Black Hills


Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

Native American College Fair and Summit to provide college access experiences for area students


Feeding South Dakota

Hunger relief efforts to include the BackPack Program and mobile food distribution throughout the Black Hills


Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Early Learning Initiative to collaborate with stakeholders and provide educational content, resources and professional development about the importance of early learning


Front Porch Coalition

  • Facilitation of a teen suicide prevention group called Defying Defeat – $25,000
  • Capacity building/strategic planning – $19,000


Helpline Center

Volunteer Connections Program to link volunteers and nonprofit agencies together in the Black Hills


Historic Homestake Opera House Society

Matching funds for the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Award for renovation and restoration of the theatre



  • $20,630 – Black Hills Area Community Foundation
  • $2,250 – Black Hills Special Services/Career Learning Center (Workforce Connections Program)
  • $3,500 – CommonBond
  • $3,250 – Feeding South Dakota
  • $3,000 – One Heart
  • $3,250 – Youth & Family Services
  • $2,500 – Rapid City Arts Council (Dahl Arts Center)
  • $14,600 – University of South Dakota – Barbara Hughes Clement Program Endowment
  • $11,000 – Rapid City YMCA


Hope Center

Drop-in Day Center providing support for the homeless and those living in poverty in Rapid City


Literacy Council of the Black Hills

Program tutoring adults in basic reading and writing skills, as well as English language learning


Lost & Found

Develop, administer, and analyze a comprehensive mental health survey to be completed at Western Dakota Tech


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Programming for mental health education and supports in the Black Hills


New Start Housing Collaborative

Provide housing vouchers for individuals and families unable to access public housing; clients receive extensive case management and support services


Northern Hills Alliance for Children

Education services to young children and families in the Northern Black Hills


Northern Hills Drug & 4th Circuit DUI Courts

Assist participants and their families with ancillary services to encourage and reinforce positive behavior while in the program


Oglala Lakota College

Scholarships – Nursing Program 


Pennington County Board of Commissioners

Construction of the Adult Crisis Care & Stabilization Unit located at the Pennington County Care Campus to help address behavioral health needs in Western South Dakota


Pennington County Drug Court

Assist participants and their families with miscellaneous expenses while in the program


Pine Ridge Girls School

School serving 6th-9th grade students in poverty on the Pine Ridge Reservation


Rapid City Area School District

Support to bring the Delta Dental Bus to Rapid City Area Schools to provide qualifying students with free dental care


Rapid City Public Library Foundation

Purchase of an electric bookmobile for the Rapid City Public Library to provide access to library materials and books to underserved neighborhoods


Sanford Underground Research Facility Foundation

Stipends and materials for the education and outreach program, providing STEM professional development for K-12 educators in South Dakota


Simply Smiles

Support for building a therapeutic foster home in LaPlant, SD on the Cheyenne River Reservation


South Dakota State University Foundation

  • $528,000 – Support of the Native American Nursing Education Center (NANEC) for mentoring, cultural programming, and student support
  • $380,000 – Scholarships – Rapid City Nursing Program


United Way of the Black Hills

Black Hills Reads, a Campaign for Grade Level Reading Initiative, building awareness and targeting efforts to ensure children enter school ready to learn and they are proficient readers for 3rd grade


University of South Dakota Foundation

Scholarships – Rapid City Nursing Program 


Volunteers of America

Mommy’s Closet, providing emergency support services and case management for families of children ages 0-13, and coordination of the Western South Dakota Diaper Bank



Pilot a Youth Crisis Care Center located at Wellfully to support youth in crisis in a trauma-informed manner


Western Dakota Vocational Technical Foundation

  • $320,000 – Scholarships – LPN/ADN Nursing Programs
  • $320,000 – Scholarships – Other WDT Programs


Youth & Family Services

Girls Inc. out-of-school programming


2021 Grand Total


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