Community Impact Grants

Every year UWBH invests the dollars we raise through our fundraising campaign to help our community. Nonprofit organizations, libraries, and schools serving the Black Hills are encouraged to apply every year for these grant opportunities. Our funding focuses on the communities top needs: 

  • Affordable, quality early education and school success programs
  • Access to affordable mental health care providers
  • Prevention & treatment services for substance abuse
  • Child and domestic abuse treatment and support services
  • Access to affordable housing and emergency housing/shelter 
  • Access to diverse, emergency food programs
  • Economic opportunities including workforce development and services to improve a family’s economic situation
  • Removing transportation barriers to help clients access the services noted above

For more information or any additional questions, please contact Jamie Toennies, UWBH Executive Director, at or call (605) 343-5872.


Upcoming Grants: 

  • Community Impact Grants: applications will be available by December 1, 2022 and due January 31, 2023

Grant Application FAQS

Visit: and click on the “Click Here to Apply” link or go directly to the grant portal at If you haven’t used this software to apply for a UW grant, check out the “How to Access UW Grant Software” instructions.

The grant application is available around November/December and is typically due by the end of January. (Note these dates may change depending on outside factors.)

UWBH volunteers review the grants and make funding decisions in the spring. Funding begins in May and is paid in monthly installments for one year.

This is a brand-new grant opportunity from UWBH, therefore there is no typical grant amount yet. There is no minimum/maximum amount to apply for.

The UWBH utilizes our Board and Cabinet members to evaluate all applications and determine the grant funding. These volunteers are from communities throughout the Black Hills. 



There is a chance we will offer smaller grants tied to our two initiatives - Black Hills Reads and Mental Health - later in the year but it is not confirmed yet. 

No, an audit is not required but you will have to explain why your don't do one and share what internal controls your agency has in place. 

Yes. If you are using this as a match be sure to mention that in the narrative so that the volunteers evaluating your application can see how you are leveraging UW funds to bring additional funds to your program.

Usually, funding is aligned with our 2019 Community Needs Assessment. We highly recommend you read it to decide if your program aligns with our funding opportunities. You can find the needs assessment at

If you have additional questions contact Jamie at or 605-343-5872.