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Grant Guidelines

The Western Kansas Community Foundation has added several new funding opportunities to our grant application process. Each application comes with its own set of guidelines and application dates. Specific information about each funding opportunity can be found below. All applications are available in our online grant system which can be accessed from our Grant Application page.


We HIGHLY suggest you submit your application before the deadline in case of any technical difficulties.


General Funding Guidelines:

(To view guidelines for specific applications, continue to the bottom of this page and click on the grant you wish to learn about.)

Who Do We Fund?

The Foundation restricts its support to 501(c)(3) or other exempt organizations/groups or the government equivalent (i.e. public schools, city/county/state entities, churches, etc.), who serve Kansas counties which are also served by the Western Kansas Community Foundation. These counties include Finney, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Meade, Morton, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens, and Wichita County. 

The Foundation encourages grant requests that:

  • Fall in line with the WKCF mission statement - "Enriching Western Kansas life through philanthropy, leadership, and collaboration."
  • Will have a broad impact on the quality of life for a large number of people within the WKCF service area.
  • Propose ways to address community issues and problems.
  • Leverage other sources of support.
  • Stimulate others to participate in addressing community issues.
  • Are innovative, a new initiative, or an enhancement of an existing program.
  • Are responsive to changing or emerging community needs.
  • Are sustainable over time.
  • Are collaborative with other organizations for a broader impact.

The Process

After we receive your completed proposal, the Foundation's Grant Committee will meet to review your application. The Grant Committee will make its recommendations to the Board of Directors. You will be notified of the Board's decision as soon as possible after the Board meeting at which your application is considered. This notification will come in the form of an email as well as being marked on your application in the online grant application system. A Final Report is required of all awarded requests. The Final Report form will be available in the online grant application system once an application has been approved, and must be submitted back to the Foundation through that system.

**If you have been awarded a grant, and you determine that your program needs to vary from what was presented and funded in the original grant application, or if you are approaching the one-year deadline for the completion of your grant, and your program/project will not be completed by the deadline, you MUST formally request a deviation or continuance of your program from the Foundation. You may make either such request by following the instructions on our Deviation & Continuance Request page.

Additional Information

Due to the number of requests the Foundation receives, it is not guaranteed every project will be funded or that full requests will be met. Applications must be submitted in full through the online grant system in order to be reviewed. Applications received outside of this system will not be eligible for review. Grant funding must be expended within a one-year period from the date the application was due. Upon fully expending grant funds, a Final Report is required. Organizations may choose to submit final reports as soon as funding is expended, or may wait until any related programming has taken place if it did not occur simultaneously, as long as reporting happens within the one-year reporting deadline. Final Report documents can be found with your application in the online grant application system.  

Each grant request will be reviewed and evaluated on its own merit based on the contents of the application. For this reason, it is important to provide clear and complete responses to all information requested.

Operating Grant Guidelines

The Western Kansas Community Foundation is the current sole trustee of the Ruth V. Gordanier and the Roy P. Mersereau trusts. Because of the nature of these trusts, organizations may apply for certain operation-type expenses that are considered ineligible in other WKCF grant applications.Specific application guidelines for the Operating grant can be found here.

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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. Specific application guidelines for core grants can be found here.

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Women of Purpose Grant Guidelines

The Women of Purpose have identified the importance of numerous issues that impact females as the grant focal point for the Women of Purpose grant opportunity, and any programs addressing women's causes are encouraged to apply. Specific application guidelines for the Women of Purpose grant can be found here.

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Urgent Needs Grant Guidelines

The Urgent Needs Fund was originally established to provide immediate assistance to nonprofit organizations that struggled with immediate lost revenue, non-recoverable expenses, and/or increased programming due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since that time, the Urgent Needs grant has been opened to any request for funding that is considered of urgent importance to the applicant and that warrants application outside of regular application deadlines. Specific application guidelines for the Urgent Needs grant can be found here.

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