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Operating Grant Guidelines

The Western Kansas Community Foundation is the current sole trustee of the Ruth V. Gordanier and the Roy P. Mersereau trusts. Under the administration of prior trustees, the trusts made grant awards at the end of each year, and often to recurring grantees. Under the new administration, any organization wishing to access the grant distribution must do so through the competitive application process. Because of the nature of these trusts, organizations may apply for certain operation-type expenses that are considered ineligible in other WKCF grant applications.

Application Dates

The WKCF reviews the Operating grant applications only once per year with applications due on March 1st. The Operating grant application is available in the online grant system which can be accessed from our Grant Application page.

Application Due Dates Grants Awarded
March 1st April

The Process

The Foundation will accept one operating grant request per organization, per funding period. Organizations that are awarded an operating grant are not eligible for the next operating 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

Operating grants will not give consideration to:

  • Grants to individuals.
  • Capital campaigns.
  • Medical research.
  • Internal studies or research (i.e. Studies conducted by the applicant organization are not eligible. Studies conducted by a third-party for the applicant, such as impact studies, or a study to help form a strategic plan, are eligible to apply.)
  • Membership fees.
  • Ticket sales for charitable fund-raising efforts.
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes.
  • Capital debt reduction, including loans for construction or real estate.
  • Political lobbying or legislative activities.
  • Endowment establishment or enhancement.
  • Umbrella funding organizations that would distribute requested funds at their own discretion.
  • Give-away items for prizes/incentives.


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