Special Grant Opportunities

Now Accepting Proposals

In partnership with donors, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership that assures the quality of life in our area for good, for ever. Throughout each year, we are honored to accept proposals for special grant opportunities.

Teacher in a classroom

Excellence in Education Initiative Grants

Excellence in Education Initiative grants support teachers who have innovative ideas for classroom projects.

Since the program began, hundreds of programs and activities designed by teachers throughout the Sioux Falls area have received grant funding, enriching educational experiences for students.

Meet our 2020 Excellence in Education grantees.

Proposals are now being accepted and are due by Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.

Submit your Proposal today


Animal Welfare Fund

Animal Welfare and Appreciation Fund Grants

These grants promote animal welfare, enhance habitat, help animals assist mankind and enhance public understanding of the animal kingdom.

The application period for Animal Welfare and Appreciation Fund grants will open in Fall 2021.


Opening Doors Fund

Opening Doors Grants

Opening Doors is a funding collaborative designed to support organizations and ideas committed to lifting up disadvantaged individuals, families and children in the Sioux Falls area.

Proposals may be for new or existing programs that serve the greater Sioux Falls area. Typical grants range from $2,000 - $10,000.

The application period for Opening Doors grants will open in Summer 2022.


The Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council Grants

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council accepts grant proposals from registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations serving specific needs in the Sioux Falls community.

Meet our 2019 Youth Advisory Council grantees.

The application period for 2021 Youth Advisory Council grants is now closed.


Womans' Alliance grants

Woman's Alliance Grants

This annual grant award program is designed to help address issues that impact women and/or girls in the Sioux Falls area. Activities that address the needs of socially or economically disadvantaged women and/or girls may also be eligible for the $5,000 Alene Delbridge Award.


About the Alene Delbridge Award

Alene Delbridge was a homemaker and mother of eight daughters who served on the Woman's Alliance board for more than 20 years. Her devotion to her own daughters made her especially sensitive to the social and economic obstacles girls and women must overcome to achieve their full potential.

The Woman's Alliance annual Alene Delbridge Award is made possible through the larger Delbridge Family Endowment of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation. The family endowment conducts a separate grantmaking process, which is not limited to women and girls, but focuses on "lifting up those in our community who, because of race, ethnicity, disability, or economic circumstances, are truly disadvantaged."

The application period for 2021 Women's Alliance grants is now closed.

Photo at top: "Beetle the Bear," by Cedar Mueller. Featured in SculptureWalk 2019.