John T. Vucurevich Foundation Grant

John T. Vucurevich Foundation


Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in South Dakota: Custer County, Lawrence County, Meade County, Pennington County Other eligible locations: South Dakota

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in South Dakota: Custer County, Lawrence County, Meade County, Pennington County Other eligible locations: South Dakota

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Overview:

John T. Vucurevich Foundation

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation is a private independent foundation in the State of South Dakota. The Foundation generally awards grants to organizations within South Dakota, with preference given to western South Dakota and in particular to the Black Hills region. Most grants are awarded for a one-year period, however, the Foundation may consider multi-year funding.

Our focus is primarily given to charitable organizations which are committed to helping the poor, distressed, and under-privileged in this region.

Program Areas

The Foundation has identified the following program areas as funding priorities for unsolicited or collaborative proposals:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health and Human Services

In addition to funding each of these programs areas, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation awards grants to a variety of collaborative projects. Collaborations for Change are partnerships among multiple organizations who each contribute to one common goal, at times branching across more than one program area.

The Foundation encourages collaborative proposals related to comprehensive solutions to identified area problems.

  • Improve school readiness and attendance.
  • Align out of school time programs to student’s individualized scholastic goals.
  • Improve grade level achievement in reading and math.
  • Enhance on-time high school graduation rates.
  • Advance work and life skills.
  • Provide access to higher education.
  • Provide arts education for the underserved.
  • Increase access to affordable healthcare, including physical, dental and behavioral.
  • Reduce domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect.
  • Improve access to basic human needs including affordable housing and food.
  • Advance the safety and well being of children.

The Board of Directors gives careful consideration to the program areas that are selected as funding priorities. The Foundation seeks to learn about and understand community issues by listening…through hosting conversations, convening focus groups and attending meetings or events. In some circumstances, the Foundation will participate in the completion of a needs assessment such as the Black Hills Community Needs Assessment 2011 conducted to determine the most pressing needs in the six counties of the Black Hills in the topic areas of Employment, Education, Crime & Safety, Child & Adolescents, Housing, Health (Physical & Mental), Art & Culture.

Art

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation believes that supporting the Arts enhances the quality of life of individuals and of the society as a whole. Research positively correlates arts education to school success factors such as higher graduation rates and stronger achievement scores as well as social and emotional development, civic engagement, and future participation in the arts. Our support in the arts will help us promote the achievement of the broader goals of the Foundation.

Funding priorities within the arts include:

  • Provide arts education for the underserved.

Education

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation supports innovative approaches to improving educational outcomes in the focus areas of school readiness and attendance, aligned out of school time programs, grade level achievement, on-time high school graduation, work and life skills, and access to higher education because we believe that a solid education is the catalyst for financial independence and self-realization.

Funding priorities within education include:

  • Improve school readiness and attendance.
  • Align out of school time programs to student’s individualized scholastic goals.
  • Improve grade level achievement in reading and math.
  • Enhance on-time high school graduation rates.
  • Advance work and life skills.
  • Provide access to higher education.

Health & Human Services

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation invests in Health and Human Services programming to help meet the staggering demand in western South Dakota for the most essential of human needs, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Without the basics — food, housing, transportation and access to affordable healthcare to begin life with a healthy start and continue with access to physical, dental and behavioral healthcare — those most at risk in our community will not be able to live healthier and more productive lives. Equally important, is the need to advance the safety and well being of our children through stable homes void of domestic and substance abuse. In order for people to achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of poverty, these fundamental needs must be addressed.

Funding priorities within health and human services include:

  • Improve access to basic human needs, including affordable housing and food.
  • Increase access to affordable healthcare; including physical, dental and behavioral.
  • Advance the safety and well-being of children.
  • Reduce domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The John T. Vucurevich Foundation generally awards grants to organizations within the state of South Dakota, with preference given to western South Dakota and in particular to the Black Hills region. Additional requirements include:
    • Public charities that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a) of the Code. Grants may also be awarded to United States governmental agencies or schools. 
    • Organizations are limited to one unsolicited grant request in any twelve-month period.

Ineligibility:

  • The following is a list of programs or activities we do not fund:
    • Museums
    • Requests from form letters
    • Speaking events other than our annual speaker series, “An Evening With..”
  • The following is a list of entities, programs or activities we normally do not fund:
    • Endowments
    • Benefit events
    • Event sponsorships
    • Sports activities
    • Publications, video, and film production
    • Programs with religious content
    • Organizations that have been in existence for less than five years
    • Camp development and infrastructure
    • Animal related programs
    • Typically don't do lead gift for Capital Campaign
  • We do not award funds to individuals or international organizations.


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