Priorities & Projects

Food Security

More than a dozen local agencies on the frontlines of hunger relief efforts have been meeting regularly since the fall of 2016 to determine how best to reduce food insecurity in Rapid City. The work of RCCI's backbone staff, the Food Security Manager at Feeding South Dakota and the Food Security Oversight Committee has included shared marketing efforts to promote free summer food programs for children, as well as data collection and mapping that will inform future food security solutions.

Since 2017, BHACF has been home to the Collective Impact Food Security Initiative, the purpose of which is to identify food security challenges and develop community-wide solutions to meet those needs. This “big picture” strategy has proven especially useful in recent weeks, as BHACF and others work together to determine how resources can be best utilized.

Affordable Housing

Having adequate affordable housing is an issue communities face across the United States. In the spring of 2019 the Bush Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to support Rapid City Collective Impact's work addressing the lack of affordable housing in Rapid City. One of the long-term goals noted in the grant application is that, through resident-focused property management and community connections, Rapid City will see a reduction in the hopelessness of many of its working poor by allowing more people the ability to have a place to call “home.”