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Request a sponsorship or donation

Strong, vibrant communities are our lifeblood, and we invest our time and resources so they can grow and aim even higher.

Certain tax-exempt organizations (as recognized by the IRS) can apply for a charitable donation or sponsorship at any time of the year but we request you not apply if your event is more than 6 months in the future. Due to the timing of our grant cycles, please allow up to 120 days to receive a funding decision. We generally support requests that align with our key giving priorities: Responsible energy and environmental stewardship; Education and workforce development; Strong Communities; and Helping people.

Throughout 2022, we are transitioning to a new grant management process through GrantsConnect by YourCause+BlackBaud intended to improve our grant giving process for our applicants.

Before completing the form, gather the required documents listed below. 

We recommend typing out answers in a Word document or another source, and copying and pasting them in. 

  • Organization's name, address, phone number and website
  • Submitter's name, address, phone number and email
  • Copy of W-9 Allowed types: (jpg jpeg pdf docx)
  • Copy of 501-C3 status Tax exempt Letter (if applicable) (Allowed types: jpg jpeg pdf docx)
  • Explain the purpose of requested funds, project timeline, including any impact COVID-19 has had on your request and describe all levels of sponsorship of funding available. (typed in or upload doc)
  • Does your organization receive any United Way funding? If yes, percentage of your annual operating budget that funding represents
  • Received Black Hills Energy funding within the past five years? If Yes, Amount(s) and for what purpose.
  • Provide a brief description of your organization, its history and purpose. (typed in or upload doc)
  • Describe the impact your organization or event has on the community and the number of people served by your organization. (typed in or upload doc)
  • Provide a list of your organization's officers and/or board of directors. (typed in or upload doc)
  • Financial statements (income statement and balance sheet) for your organization's previous fiscal year (preferably compiled, reviewed or audited). (Allowed types: jpg jpeg pdf docx)
  • Will there be an opportunity for advertising, recognition or naming rights associated with this request? (typed in explanation)
  • Upload a complete budget for the capital project, event or requested use of the funding. (Allowed types: jpg jpeg pdf docx)
  • Provide a list of major contributors related to your request to date, including pending requests. (typed in or upload doc)
  • Please list any employees from Black Hills Energy serving as volunteers for your organization, in what capacity they serve, and approximate length of their service in years (typed in or upload doc).

Select your state below to begin application

The first step for those requesting grants in Arkansas is to set up a profile for your organization in a database called NPOconnect. NPOconnect is a nonprofit database that verifies validity of the nonprofit's status with the IRS. Registering is easy and free. This process captures your contact information and allows you to set up the best way to receive payments. Please note that grants paid via a paper check are subject to a ten percent fee (up a maximum of $100) which will be deducted from your awarded grant.For most of our nonprofit partners, you may already have a profile, so no additional actions are needed, or you may need to update your profile. You may need to upload a copy of your organization’s IRS determination letter (stating that your organization is recognized as a 501©3) and documentation proving your affiliation with the organization.

You only have to register your organization once, after which it will remember you the next time you submit a request. Click the link below that correlates to your nonprofit type to be walked through the process.

After you’ve created or updated your profile with NPOconnect, begin your application below.

 Start Arkansas application

Our Community Affairs team manages our charitable giving process. If you have questions about your Arkansas application, please reach out to Robin Mizell.

 

The first step for those requesting grants in Kansas is to set up a profile for your organization in a database called NPOconnect. NPOconnect is a nonprofit database that verifies validity of the nonprofit's status with the IRS. Registering is easy and free. This process captures your contact information and allows you to set up the best way to receive payments. Please note that grants paid via a paper check are subject to a ten percent fee (up a maximum of $100) which will be deducted from your awarded grant.For most of our nonprofit partners, you may already have a profile, so no additional actions are needed, or you may need to update your profile. You may need to upload a copy of your organization’s IRS determination letter (stating that your organization is recognized as a 501©3) and documentation proving your affiliation with the organization.

You only have to register your organization once, after which it will remember you the next time you submit a request. Click the link below that correlates to your nonprofit type to be walked through the process.

After you’ve created or updated your profile with NPOconnect, begin your application below.

 Start Kansas application

Our Community Affairs team manages our charitable giving process. If you have questions about your Kansas application, please reach out to James Williams.

 

The first step for those requesting grants in South Dakota is to set up a profile for your organization in a database called NPOconnect. NPOconnect is a nonprofit database that verifies validity of the nonprofit's status with the IRS. Registering is easy and free. This process captures your contact information and allows you to set up the best way to receive payments. Please note that grants paid via a paper check are subject to a ten percent fee (up a maximum of $100) which will be deducted from your awarded grant.For most of our nonprofit partners, you may already have a profile, so no additional actions are needed, or you may need to update your profile. You may need to upload a copy of your organization’s IRS determination letter (stating that your organization is recognized as a 501©3) and documentation proving your affiliation with the organization.

You only have to register your organization once, after which it will remember you the next time you submit a request. Click the link below that correlates to your nonprofit type to be walked through the process.

After you’ve created or updated your profile with NPOconnect, begin your application below.

 Start South Dakota application

Our Community Affairs team manages our charitable giving process. If you have questions about your South Dakota application, please reach out to Marsha Nichols.

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