Grants from the Day County Community Foundation support nonprofit groups/organizations who are working hard to make our communities better.   These grants are selected by a volunteer board of directors.

Please review our application process and grantmaking guidelines before you begin your application to verify that your project is eligible to receive a grant from Day County Community Foundation. Questions may be directed to Melissa Waldner at (605) 345-3159 or email.

Application Process & Timeline

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis:

  • 1st Quarter: February 1 - March 15 by 5:00 PM. Announcement by April 30.
  • 2nd Quarter: May 1 - June 15 by 5:00 PM. Announcement by July 31.
  • 3rd Quarter: August 1 - September 15 by 5:00 PM. Announcement by October 31.
  • 4th Quarter: November 1 - December 15 by 5:00 PM. Announcement by January 31. 

Grantmaking Guidelines

Day County Community Foundation (DCCF) Board of Directors will use the following criteria in awarding grants. Please use this as a guideline to determine the eligibility of your project for DCCF funding.

  1. Volunteerism: Projects that involve significant and continuous volunteerism support will be considered more favorably over projects with paid staff. DCCF should not be the sole funding source of any project, and may make awards contingent on proof of other funding sources. Grants may also be made in the form of a challenge, to be met dollar-for-dollar by other sources.
  2. Discrimination: Applicants proposing services exclusively to one gender, age, or race will be closely scrutinized for discriminatory practices. Funding will be based on the needs of the individuals being served.
  3. Innovation: DCCF’s goal is to fund a mix of ongoing, established projects as well as new, innovative projects that address a community need or concern.
  4. Fund Distribution: Funds will be distributed to projects that meet the needs of the Day County area best, not including other endowments designated for specific communities or purposes.
  5. Project Longevity: Projects may be ongoing, or end and begin in the same calendar year. While applications for multi-year funding are encouraged, there is no promise of funds for future years.
  6. Seed Grants: Start-up fund applications will be more favorably looked upon with documentation that indicates a need for the project, support for the project, and the ongoing probability of its success.
  7. Technical Assistance: Consultant and technical assistance may be funded only if essential to achieving project objectives.
  8. Loans: DCCF will not issue loans.
  9. Public/Private: The board will concentrate on funding public non-profit organizations, but not to the exclusion of organizations that meet these grant guidelines.
  10. Exceptions: DCCF may allow for an exception to these guidelines upon a motion duly made, seconded and carried by 2/3 of voting members present.
  11. Grant Review Process:  Applications will be considered and prioritized according to these guidelines at DCCF’s regularly scheduled board meetings. DCCF’s full board will review applications and make awards.
  12. Communication with Applicants:  DDCF Board will notify all applicants in writing within 10 days of the meeting to indicate approval or denial. All decisions will be held in confidence until announced by DCCF Board or their duly appointed spokesperson.
  13. Final Evaluation:  Following the grant award, applicants must submit a report to DCCF Board explaining the use of funds and success of the project. Photos and news articles encouraged.

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