Grants

Apply for a Grant

For instructions on using the Grant Portal, click here

For technical assistance with the application process, please call 785-734-2406.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The community foundation can make grants to the following entities:

  • 501c3 nonprofit organizations
  • Education
  • Government
  • Religious

Individuals or organizations that do NOT fall into one of the above entities are encouraged to partner with a fiscal agent in one of those categories. The exception is children 18 and younger with a demonstrated financial need who seek assistance from the Russell County Area Youth Activities Fund to participate in an extracurricular activities.

Grants are typically restricted to the geographic areas served by the community foundation.

All grant projects must completed in one year or less from the date the grant award is approved.  If you are requesting a grant for a multiyear project, please contact us prior to applying.

Final reports are required upon completion of the project.  The final report is available through the Grant Portal and must include receipts demonstrating how the grant funds were used and pictures of the completed project.  Unused funds must be refunded at the time of the final report. Please mail refunds to GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731 (reference the project name on the memo line).

Pictures of the completed project are subject to our Photo Release Consent Agreement.  When uploading media content within a grant application and/or final report, you will be required read and agree to this consent form.

Our Grant Opportunities

Community Impact

Grant Fund

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and Educational, Governmental, and Religious Institutions. Grants are not made to individuals or businesses. Note – there are many nonprofit organizations that fall under a different IRS tax code that are not eligible.  Please look into this prior to filling out your application.

  • Grants can address:
    • Education:  Enhances the learning environment and expands opportunities for students. Provides increased self-reliance on personal life skills and the creation of a capable workforce.
    • Health Care:  Enhance access to quality health care services and promotes healthy life practices.
    • Community Social Services & Security:  Enhance access to social services needed for individuals with special needs or support systems to provide community disaster relief and general community emergencies.
    • Conservation & Environment:  Support efforts to improve and maintain high air and water quality, appreciation for our natural environment or enhances economic and social benefits of outdoor resources.
    • Arts & Culture: Provide cultural and artistic opportunities to enhance the quality of life for local residents and/or to encourage tourism and the exchange of ideas.
    • Community Beautification: Support efforts to improve and maintain public spaces to enhance community pride and encourage socialization among residents.
  • Preference will be given to applications that utilize the Strategic Doing process and address county and/or community goals created through citizen asset mapping and visioning. Consideration should also be given to applications that include community involvement and volunteerism.
  • Grants shall not be used to reduce or replace regular budgetary needs for programs or projects that are tax-supported.
  • Grants are not awarded for endowment or general operating expenses.
  • Grants are not to be used for “Match Day” programs.

This fund responds to emerging charitable needs in the Russell County Area. Nonprofit organizations, education, religious and government entities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline

Fall Grant Cycle: August 1 – September 30

Spring Grant Cycle: February 1 – March 30

Education

Grant Fund

Awards to educational entities to aid students enrolled in preschool and grade school in Russell County, KS, who need assistance in order to obtain their preschool and elementary education.

Makes grants to promote and enhance the education of public school students within the city of Russell, KS.

Russell Schools Apple Seed Fund

Application Deadline

Fall Grant Cycle: August 1 – September 30

Spring Grant Cycle: February 1 – March 30

Disaster Relief

Grant Fund

(501c3, government, education, religious organizations may apply)

Makes grant to qualified 501c3, government, religions or educational institutions to support disaster relief, recovery and preparedness in Russell County. Individuals cannot apply and should seek assistance through partner relief agencies.

Application Deadline

Applications accepted all year.

Public Health

Grant Fund

KHF Children’s Fund

Makes grants to benefit the health and well-being of children living in the Russell County area.

KHF Fund for Russell County

Makes grants to benefit public health and safety.

Application Deadline

Fall Grant Cycle: August 1 – September 30

Spring Grant Cycle: February 1 – March 30

Youth Sports and Extracurricular Activities

Grant Fund

This fund provides grants for children up to age 18 in Russell County to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports, the arts, music and camps. Financial need must be demonstrated, such as free or reduced lunch. Grants are considered on a case-by-case basis and funding goes directly to the activity provider.

Application Deadline
Applications accepted all year