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Core Grant Guidelines

WKCF core grant applications are suited for program-based requests or those that require specific items to impact the services an organization is providing to its patrons. 

Application Dates

The WKCF reviews core grant applications three times per year. The core grant applications are available in the online grant system which can be accessed from our Grant Application page.

Application Due Dates Grants Awarded
March 1st April
July 1st August
November 1st December

The Process

The Foundation will accept one core grant request per organization, per funding period. Organizations that are awarded a core grant are not eligible for the next core grant cycle unless previously awarded funds have been expended, AND, all final reporting has been completed. The Final Report is due at the completion of your program, or no later than one year from the original application date (i.e. a grant awarded with the March 1st cycle would have a final reporting deadline of March 1st the following year). Organizations may submit a Final Report for one grant in the same application period that a new grant is applied for, however, if the Final Report is not approved by the Grant Committee, the accompanying new request may not be reviewed by the Committee. 

Funding Ineligibility

Core grants will not give consideration to:

  • Grants to individuals.
  • Operating or maintenance expenses (including salaries).
  • Medical or scholarly research.
  • Membership fees.
  • Banquet or luncheon expenses.
  • Ticket sales for charitable fund-raising efforts.
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes.
  • Travel expenses for groups, such as school classes, clubs, or sports teams.
  • Capital debt reduction.
  • Political lobbying or legislative activities.
  • Use of and payment for services of a fiscal agent.
  • Endowment establishment or enhancement.
  • Umbrella funding organizations that would distribute requested funds at their own discretion.
  • Marketing tools, such as water bottles, t-shirts, pens, etc.
  • Give-away items for prizes/incentives.


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