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

Community Challenge Grants

Grants for community-based “quick-action” projects related to housing, transportation, smart cities and public spaces. The goal is to spark change and build momentum to improve livability for people of all ages. Projects must have quick turnaround. Eligible entities include 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, and government entities.

Deadline: Annually, generally in April.
Organization: AARP

Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program

The program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns (population 2,500 to 30,000) to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization.

Deadline: Grant determinations made on a rolling basis until all grants have been awarded.
Organization: Community Heart & Soul/Orton Family Foundation

Culture Preservation Grants

Grants to non-profits for projects that preserve and create access to historical or cultural resources that document stories of life in Kansas. Goals of the program are to preserve stories that document the human experience; increase public access to our shared cultural heritage; and enhance organizational capacity through the use of a Project Consultant. This program is a partnership between Humanities Kansas and the Kansas Historical Society. Maximum award is $3,500.

Deadline: Applications are reviewed three times a year.
Organization: Humanities Kansas

Foundation for Rural Service Community 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

GEICO Philanthropic Foundation

The GEICO Philanthropic Foundation focuses its funding on three key areas: Educating, Engaging the Community, and Promoting Equity. Topics of focus for Engaging the Community may include: Financial literacy, Food insecurity, Environmental conservation, Animal welfare and advocacy, and Health and wellness initiatives. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purpose.

Deadline: Online grant application period open January 1-November 30. Check website for latest application and eligibility requirements.
Organization: GEICO Philanthropic Foundation

Humanities for All Grants

Grants to non-profits for projects that share stories that explore the human experience; engage people in public discussions; or generate insights that cultivate a thriving democracy. Formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community conversations, panel discussions, presentations, book discussions, short films, full-length documentary films, or podcasts. Mini (up to $3,500) and major (up to $10,000) grants are available.

Deadline: Requests of up to $3,500 are reviewed at any time during the year. Requests more than $3,500 are reviewed three times a year.
Organization: Humanities Kansas

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 Community Empowerment (KCE) Community Growth Grants

Awards of $200 to help offset costs associated with starting a local KCE community improvement group. Only Kansas Community Empowerment program (formerly Kansas PRIDE Program) communities in good standing are eligible for consideration for grant funds.

Deadline: Twice annually; May and September
Organization: Kansas Community Empowerment program (formerly Kansas PRIDE Program)

Kansas Community Empowerment (KCE) Community Promotion Grant

This program is available for Communities of Action and Excellence in the Kansas Community Empowerment program (formerly Kansas PRIDE Program). The program funds $1,000 $1:1 matching grants for promotion of communities. Project examples include welcome or directional signage, website, social media campaigns or community apps, video, radio/newspaper ads, promotional materials, and ads in travel/tourism magazines.

Deadline: Twice annually; May and September
Organization: Kansas Community Empowerment program (formerly Kansas PRIDE Program)

Kansas Community Empowerment (KCE) Community of Action Grants

This program is available for Communities of Action and Excellence in the Kansas Community Empowerment program (formerly Kansas PRIDE Program). Grants of up to $2,000 for projects that have the potential of bringing long term impact to the quality of life of local citizens. Program has a minimum 1:1 match requirement.

Deadline: Twice annually; May and September
Organization: Kansas Community Empowerment program (formerly Kansas PRIDE Program)

Leva and Frank Duclos Foundation

The Foundation accepts funding requests from Cloud, Republic and adjacent counties. Priority will be given to requests for: medical hardship relief, community resource councils, facilities and equipment for the handicapped and education.

Deadline: Advisory Board meets semi-annually
Organization: Leva and Frank Duclos Foundation; c/o The Citizen National Bank, Trust and Investment Services Division, Concordia, KS

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

Program provides funding to eligible nonprofit organizations for security-related activities including planning, exercises, training, equipment, and maintenance and sustainment. Organizations must apply through their respective State Administrative Agency (SAA).

Deadline: Annually, generally in April.
Organization: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – State Administrative Agency is Kansas Highway Patrol, Homeland Security / Emergency Management Operations

Patterson Family Foundation

The Patterson Family Foundation is a family-led foundation with a focus on strengthening rural communities. It is geographically focused on assisting Kansas and Western Missouri counties with fewer than 50,000 residents. The emphasis is on providing financial and strategic guidance in healthcare, education, and rural resilience.

Deadline: See website for more information.
Organization: Patterson Family Foundation

The Schmidt Foundation

Based in Hays, Kansas, the Schmidt Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities in four broadly defined areas: Education, Healthcare, the Arts, Economic Development.

Deadline: See website for more information.
Organization: The Schmidt Foundation

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

T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program

This program helps fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections. Examples include items such as the town square pavilion, a historic building, an outdoor park, a ball field, a library, etc. Towns with populations less than 50,000 are eligible to apply. Grants are up to $50,000 per town.

Deadline: Applications open on a quarterly basis.
Organization: T-Mobile

Union Pacific Foundation Local Grants – Community Ties Giving Program

Grants to nonprofit organizations for direct services and efforts that build the capacity of organizations focused on the following causes within Union Pacific local operating communities: Safety, Workforce Development, and Community Spaces. A small portion of the funding is allocated to assist communities meet local needs. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in Union Pacific communities are eligible to apply. Typical grant awards range from $2,500 – $25,000.

Deadline: Annually, generally April-May.
Organization: Union Pacific Foundation

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. It is helpful to meet with your local Walmart’s manager to talk to them about your project and upcoming application and apply early in the grant cycle (typically begins February 1 each year and ends December 31).

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

Community Services Block Grant

CSBG serves low-income Kansans through a collaborative partnership with eight local eligible entities, funded through Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC).

How to Apply: Contact the appropriate service provider for your area. Map available at the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) website.