The following is a listing of funding opportunities potentially available for projects related to Education with focus on programs applicable to North Central Kansas. Click here for helpful tips on seeking project funding.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

Grants for rural public school districts to enhance STEM education. School districts must be nominated by a local farmer to be eligible to submit an online application. Once nominated, school districts submit applications to compete for $15,000 grant to help fund projects that enhance their STEM curriculum. No purchase is necessary to nominate a school district. Farmers must be 21 years old or older and be actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres.

Deadline: Nominations accepted beginning in January-April 1.
Organization: Bayer Fund

Carol M. White Physical Education Program

Grants to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in grades K-12.

Deadline: Annually, generally in April.
Organization: U.S. Department of Education

Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program

Grants to provide bins for the collection of beverage container recyclables. The Public Space bin grant program is open to non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools and religious organizations. A collegiate bin grant is also offered.

Deadline: Annually, generally in February or March.
Organization: Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola Foundation

Foundation for Rural Service Grants

Grant program designed to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants are concentrated in four major areas including 1.) Business Development, 2.) Community Development, 3.) Education, and 4.) Telecommunications. Award amounts range from $250 to $5,000. The program is offered in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and applications must go through the local telephone company. Check with your service provider to see if they are a member of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association or the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) and if they participate in the grant program.

Deadline: Annually, generally in September.
Organization: Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

Frontier Farm Credit Working Here Fund

Grants for projects and organizations making an impact in eastern Kansas.* Awards are designed to impact Agriculture Education, Young and Beginning Producers, Hunger and Nutrition and Essential Services/Disaster Relief needs. Two separate funding options are available—one for up to $2,000 and another for up to $10,000. The larger grant is targeted to communities with a population of 5,000 of less. *Qualifying applications must be for serving programs that benefit communities within the Frontier Farm Credit service area of eastern Kansas. Those counties that meet the Frontier Farm Credit criteria AND are located within the NCRPC service area include the counties of Clay, Dickinson, Marshall, and Washington.

Deadline: Quarterly review for applications up to $2,000; Semiannual review for applications up to $10,000.
Organization: Frontier Farm Credit

Garden Grant Program

Grants ($2,000) to support a new or existing edible educational garden at either a K–12 School, 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K–12 school, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Deadline: Annually, generally in October.
Organization: Frontier Farm Credit

Good Sports Equipment Grants

Program provides athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. To be eligible, applicant must directly serve youth between the ages of 3-18 years old, serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area, and operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children.

Deadline: Ongoing.
Organization: Good Sports

J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation provides assistance to Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature in the general categories of Educational, General, Health and Religious. Most of the Mabee Foundation grants are made toward building and facility construction and renovation projects and to the purchase of major medical equipment.   Ordinarily, grants are made on a challenge or conditional basis to provide incentive for enlisting the support of other donors. Only the states of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are eligible.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis; Trustees meet quarterly.
Organization: J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc.

Kansas Early Childhood Block Grant

Grants to school districts, child care centers, Head Start sites, and community programs. Eligible programs must provide research-based child development services for at-risk infants, toddlers and their families, and preschool for three- and four-year olds. Focus is on at-risk children and underserved areas.

Deadline: Check website for current deadline.
Organization: The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund

KidsGardening – Youth Garden Grant

Youth Garden Grant supports school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. The program is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18.

Deadline: Annually, generally in December
Organization: Whole Kids Foundation

North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

Grant programs for projects that support research or educational projects related to Sustainable Agriculture. Several different grants and grant amounts are available based on the specific project proposal. Grant applicants can range from farmers and ranchers to educational institutions to non-profit agencies.

Deadline: Proposal deadlines vary with each grant program.
Organization: North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

Safe Routes to School Program

A Federal reimbursement program that provides funding for infrastructural projects and educational activities that assists cities, counties, and school districts to enable children to walk or bicycle to school more safely. Funding will be provided for infrastructure projects, non-infrastructure-related (i.e. public awareness campaigns, traffic education, student training on bicycle and pedestrian safety, etc.), and development of safe routes to schools plans, with the possibility of future funding to implement the plan. Minimum local match is 20%.

Deadline: Every other year.
Organization: Kansas Department of Transportation

The Sunderland Foundation

Grants in four major areas including: higher education; youth services; arts and culture; and health care and hospitals. Support focuses on supporting bricks and mortar projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other areas where the Ash Grove Cement Company does business. Eligible areas include Western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Western Iowa, and, to a lesser extent, in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana. Areas of interest include higher education, churches, youth serving agencies, health facilities, community buildings, museums, civic projects, and low maintenance, energy efficient housing projects sponsored by qualified tax-exempt organizations.

Deadline: Throughout year.
Organization: The Sunderland Foundation

Target Field Trip Grants

Funding to local K-12 schools to support educational field trips. Field Trip Grant is up to $700.

Deadline: Check website for application deadlines.
Organization: Target Foundation

True Value Foundation Painting a Brighter Future Grants

Grants for up to 40 gallons of paint to local schools. The school must be a public, private or parochial school in a community served by a True Value Company retail identity.

Deadline: Annually, generally in November.
Organization: True Value Foundation

USDA Food and Nutrition Service – Farm to School Grant Program

The Farm to School Grant Program provides support to incorporate local products into school meal programs, integrate agricultural education into the classroom, and cultivate and expand school gardens. School districts, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations are eligible.

Deadline: Annually, generally in December
Organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Wal-Mart Foundation Local Community Grants

Program awards small grants to local organizations to support the needs of communities. Eligible entities include 501c3 organizations, government entities, schools, and faith-based organizations. Grants are available through each of the Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities. Local Community grants range from $250 to $5,000.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Organization: Wal-Mart Foundation

Waste Tire Grants

Grants to local units of government and school districts to support the purchase of products made from recycled tires including playground cover. Program will provide up to 50% of the total cost to purchase and install eligible products made from waste tires.

Deadline: Annually, typically in January.
Organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment