Grant Information

Grants can be made to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and to educational, governmental or religious institutions. Grants cannot be made to individuals or businesses.

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 GNWKCF at 785-734-2406 prior to applying.

All applications must be made online using the Grant Portal.  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).

Click HERE to go directly to the Grant Portal.  For instructions on using the Grant Portal, click HERE.

Affiliate and Agency Grants:


Bird City Century II Development Foundation
Community Initiative Fund

The Community Initiative Fund is an unrestricted endowment fund from which the Bird City Century II Development Foundation Board of Directors make its general and strategic grants each year for the betterment of the Bird City community.

Grant applications are available by invitation only.  Contact BCCII Foundation Director, Teryn Carmichael, at 785-734-2556 or teryn@birdcity.com to inquire. Once an access code has been provided, you may submit an online application, paper applications are no longer accepted.

Cheyenne County Impact Fund 

The Cheyenne County Impact Fund is an unrestricted endowment fund from which the Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation Board of Directors make grants each year for the betterment of Cheyenne County Kansas. Typically grants are accepted once a year. Check the CCIF grant page by clicking the link below to view application cycles.

A final report will be required from all grant recipients. The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter. Any unused funds shall be returned to: CCKCF, c/o GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731.

GROW Decatur County Foundation Grant Fund

The GROW Decatur County Foundation has grant funds available for up to $2,000 per project application.

Grants are due by the first day of each month and will continue until the funds are depleted or through December 1 of the current year. The GROW Board encourages applicants to shop local. Please keep this in mind when completing the application.

A final report will be required from all grant recipients. The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter. Any unused funds shall be returned to the GROW Decatur County Foundation, c/o GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731.

Grow Gove County Foundation Grant Fund

The Grow Gove County Foundation Fund is an unrestricted endowment fund from which the Gove County Community Foundation Board of Directors makes grants each year to support projects and needs of Gove County and the communities within.

Grants are accepted annually from May 1 to July 31. Decisions are announced by September 1. The GCCF Board encourages applicants to shop local. Please keep this in mind when completing the application.

A final report will be required from all grant recipients. The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter. Any unused funds shall be returned to the Gove County Community Foundation, c/o GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731.

Phillips County Unrestricted Endowment Fund – Project Grant 

The Phillips County Unrestricted Endowment Fund is an unrestricted endowment fund from which the Phillips County Community Foundation Board of Directors make grants for the betterment of Phillips County Kansas. The Foundation will consider applications to support local projects. Grant applications are due on the first day of every month for board consideration during that same month.

A final report will be required from all grant recipients. The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter. Any unused funds shall be returned to: PCCF, c/o GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731.

Phillips County Unrestricted Endowment Fund – Fundraising Event Matching Grant 

The Phillips County Unrestricted Endowment Fund is an unrestricted endowment fund from which the Phillips County Community Foundation Board of Directors make grants for the betterment of Phillips County Kansas. The Foundation will consider applications to match local fundraising efforts with a maximum grant request of $500. Grant applications are due on the first day of every month for board consideration during that same month.

A final report will be required from all grant recipients with the fundraising results prior to the grant funds being released. The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter.

Rawlins County Future Fund

The Rawlins County Future Fund is an unrestricted endowment fund from which ACE Foundation Board of Directors make grants for the betterment of Rawlins County Kansas.  Grant applications open May 1 and remain open until all available funds for the year are awarded.

A final report will be required from all grant recipients. The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter. Any unused funds shall be returned to: ACE Foundation, c/o GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731.

St. Francis New Generation Fund 

The St. Francis New Generation Fund is a field of interest endowment fund from which the Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation Board of Directors make grants each year for the betterment of the St. Francis community. Typically grants are accepted once a year. Check the St. Francis New Gen grant page by clicking the link below to view application cycles.

A final report will be required from all grant recipients. The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter. Any unused funds shall be returned to: CCKCF, c/o GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731.

Hansen Community Pass-Through Grants:


Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation initiated a grant opportunity in March 2015 with Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation as an avenue to financially help support charitable activities in Northwest Kansas. With this funding, 12 county-wide funds have been established, allocating grant funds to each to be used for projects benefiting the counties and/or communities within.

Qualifying counties eligible for participation through GNWKCF include: Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Phillips, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace. Annually, funding is made available for each of these county-wide funds as “pass-through” grants: $50,000 being made available in April, and an additional $50,000 in September.

Distributions of $50,000 will be provided through 2021; they will then be reduced to $25,000 increments as of April 2022 and guaranteed through September 2025 providing continued county-wide participation in a Strategic Doing initiative supported by the Hansen Foundation. Individual Community Foundations may opt to participate in the Ripple Effects Mapping process sponsored by the Hansen Foundation as well.

Grant applications are accepted online, and available to all 12 counties listed above.  Please note that Graham County accepts applications twice a year (Sept. 15 – Nov. 15 and April 1 – June 1) while all other counties accept applications monthly with a deadline of the first day of the month. The Dane G. Hansen Foundation serves a 26-county area in Northwest Kansas; the other 14 counties not listed are eligible to apply through the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

A final project report will be required from all grant recipients. In addition to answering questions on the project and how the funding was used, you will be required to provide the following:

  • Receipts / Financial accounting of how the funds were used, and
  • At least one photograph (up to three allowed) of the final project.  Please note that we enjoy photos with PEOPLE in them rather than just equipment.  When you upload a picture with people in it, you are consenting to allow us to use the photo in marketing materials and/or social media.  Do not upload pictures of individuals without consent.

The due date for your final report will be announced in your award letter. Any unused funds shall be returned to: GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731 which will be used for future grant projects within that same county.

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