Grantees 2023

The following are grants awarded in 2023. This does not reflect all open grants. For more on open grants, explore our grants page.

Affordable Housing


New Start Housing Collaborative, providing housing vouchers for individuals and families unable to access public housing; clients receive extensive case management and support services


Early Learning

Early Childhood Connections

Starting Strong Initiative, a scholarship program for preschool education for 3 and 4 year olds from low income families


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


YMCA of Rapid City

Two-year support to continue the Jump Start program


Early Childhood Connections

One-year funding to stabilize Starting Strong child care providers in Rapid City


Northern Hills Alliance for Children

One-year operating support for quality child care in the Northern Black Hills


Livable Wage

Chanku Waste Ranch

A mentoring program engaging local laborers to build skills and complete home repairs on the Pine Ridge Reservation


Catholic Social Services

One-year support to complete the Uplifting Parents Pilot Program


Local Scholarships

Scholarships for local low-income students that face barriers to higher education at Western Dakota Tech, South Dakota State University, Black Hills State University, and Oglala Lakota College for the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 school years.


Basic Needs

Lawrence County Teen Court

Operating support of juvenile diversion programming for Lawrence County Teen Court


Chamber Music Festival of the Black HIlls

Free educational music programming for youth in the Black Hills


SHIFT Garage

Support to provide those in poverty access to reliable transportation and vehicle maintenance


One Spirit

Operation of food distribution program


National Alliance on Mental Illness South Dakota

Programming for mental health education and supports in the Black Hills


Abbott House Inc.

Support for a foster home in Rapid City


Rapid City Arts Council

Arts education and outreach programming to continue to provide youth and young adults equitable access to the arts


literacy Council of the Black Hills

Tutoring program for adults on basic reading and writing


Sanford Underground Research Facility Foundation

Education and outreach program, providing STEM professional development for K-12 educators in South Dakota


American Red Cross

For families affected by disaster, and to increase capacity of volunteers and assist with disaster preparation for at-risk populations


Pennington County Drug Treatment Court Association

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


South Dakota Equity Coalition

Support for coalition efforts in their work to close the gap in education outcomes between Indigenous students and other students in South Dakota



Adolescent Crisis Care Center to support youth in crisis in a trauma-informed manner


Journey On

Dedicated medical and recovery transportation team and vehicle to support access to services for those struggling with addiction


Bethany Christian Services of Western SD

Support for the Recovering Mothers with Newborns (ReNew) Program in Rapid City


Oaye Luta Okolakiciye

One-year support for talking circles in Rapid City middle schools


Cheyenne River Youth Project

Two-year support for youth leadership and workforce development programming


Fork Real Community Cafe

One-year general operating Support


Helpline Center

Two-year support for Volunteer Connections Program


Working Against Violence, Inc.

One-year general operations stabilization support after decrease in Victims of Crime Assistance funding




  • $5,000 – Black Hills Area Community Foundation/Rapid City Strategic Housing Trust Fund
  • $2,500 – Rapid City YMCA
  • $1,000 – OneHeart
  • $500 – Youth and Family Services
  • $500 – Feeding South Dakota
  • $342 – Early Childhood Connections/Starting Strong Program
  • $342 – Black Hills Area Community Foundation/Operating Endowment
  • $341 – Rural America Initiatives


2023 Grand Total


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