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Enhancing Our Community

We're proud to award grants in support of projects or programs aimed at enhancing quality of life, addressing important needs and tackling challenges throughout our community.

We believe in the power of a thriving community. A community where people and families feel safe and have equal access to the resources they need for their health and well-being; where all kids have a fair shot at becoming the best they can be; where everyone has opportunities to inspire and be inspired through the arts; and where we all feel called and encouraged to drive bold change through service and leadership.

One way we're helping to build a thriving community is through our community grant program.

Community Fund Grants

Community Fund Grants are made possible by the Community Fund Endowment, our most visionary endowment supported by unrestricted gifts. Donors to the Community Fund Endowment entrust the Foundation to award grants to local nonprofits.

Special Grant Opportunities

Throughout each year, the Community Foundation also accepts proposals for a variety of additional grant programs.

Learn about our special grant opportunities.

About Our Grants

Community Fund Grants are designed to support transformational ideas, programs or initiatives with the potential to drive significant social impact and/or spark meaningful change.


Community Fund grant proposals are usually reviewed by our Grants Committee within six to eight weeks after receipt of the proposal.

Grants are made to charitable activities benefiting the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation’s service area. Our Grants Committee makes awards every two months to charitable organizations working within our grantmaking categories to address our community’s important needs and opportunities.

Typically, the Community Foundation makes awards to nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status that are undertaking projects that benefit the people of the Sioux Falls area.

Our Grants Committee considers requests for:

  • Programs that require start-up funds to address important community needs or opportunities
  • Expansion of programs that meet important community needs or opportunities
  • Assistance to organizations weathering unforeseen or unusual financial crises
  • Programs that increase an organization’s capacity to advance its mission more efficiently or effectively
  • Programs or studies that inform the community’s understanding of needs or opportunities.

Apply For A Grant

Requests for Community Fund Grants begin with a letter of inquiry. If approved for consideration, we will send you a complete application form and submission information, including the deadline for consideration.

Submit your letter of inquiry

Does your nonprofit need emergency funding or have a time-sensitive need for grant support? Or, do you have questions about our grant program? Contact Patrick Gale, vice president, community investment, at 605.336.7055 x 20 or by email at