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United Way of The Black Hills

Black Hills Reads Grants

Grant awards up to $5,000!

Applications Due: April 15, 2024

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About the Grant

Black Hills Reads is now accepting “Innovation Grant” applications from non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies who have ideas for innovative projects to help promote early literacy. We are looking for entities to share with us innovative approaches that incorporate one or more of our five pillar areas: school readiness, summer learning, school attendance, healthy readers, and parent engagement.

What can the funds be used for?

These funds can be used for any project that impacts children from birth through age 8. We highly encourage the collaboration of programs to allow entities to support each other in their efforts to help children prosper. This grant is open to all Black Hills communities.

How to Apply

Visit to apply.

When you go to the site, it should say United Way of the Black Hills on the top of the page. It should NOT ask for an organization code. If it does, try using the link with a different browser.

If you have any questions, contact Hanna Glissendorf, Black Hills Reads Director, at or call 605-343-5872.

About Black Hills Reads

Black Hills Reads (BHR) is the United Way of the Black Hills’s education initiative, which helps ensure children are proficient readers by the end of third grade. BHR promotes early learning and literacy opportunities for the 24,085 early learners under nine and their families throughout the Black Hills and Western SD. Visit the Black Hills Reads page to learn more about the BHR initiative.

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