People First Grant Application 2016-2017

Accepting applications from April 1st 2016 - November 1st 2016.


People First is a group of individuals with disabilities who learn to advocate for themselves and others with disabilities. People First meets monthly at Black Hills Works as the Rapid City chapter. People First networks with other states and advocacy groups. Black Hills Works Foundation awarded People First $20,000 to be used for mini grants.

The purpose of this mini grant is to provide additional opportunities to individuals with disabilities to live to their full potential and access additional resources. The grants are focused in the areas of advocacy, medical needs, improved independence, education, employment, personal development, or a community project for people with disabilities.

A total of $20,000 will be allocated for mini grants each year. A mini grant cannot exceed $4,000 per application, thus resulting in a minimum of 5 awards annually.


Mini-grants are intended to be used for individuals with disabilities, physical and/or developmental. These grants can be applied for by the person or by a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization that serves people with disabilities. Applicants and the persons impacted by the grant must reside in the Rapid City area (Pennington, Meade, Lawrence, Custer, and Fall River counties). No members of People First are eligible for the grant.


All applications must be received by November 01, 2015.

Awards will be announced no later than January 15, 2016.


Any questions regarding the application may be submitted to Dr. Helen Usera, Black Hills Works Foundation, at or 605-718-6204.


Individuals who are selected to be awarded the grants must complete the grant within one year of accepting. A final report of all expenses and outcomes will be required.