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. Grants are accepted monthly between March 1 and November 30 with a deadline of the last day of the month for review in the following month. 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 $4,000 per project application.

Grants are due by the last day of each month and will continue until the funds are depleted or through November 30 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 June30 annually. Decisions are announced by August 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 last day of every month for board consideration the following 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 last day of every month for board consideration the following 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. The deadline to apply is the last day of the month to be reviewed during the following 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: ACE Foundation, 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, Russell, 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 13 counties listed above.  Please note that Graham and Russell Counties accept applications twice a year (February 1 – March 31 and August 1 – September 30) while all other counties accept applications monthly with a deadline of the LAST day of the month (end of day). The Dane G. Hansen Foundation serves a 26-county area in Northwest Kansas; the other 13 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.

The following internet browsers are supported for the application website: Chrome, FireFox or Internet Explorer.   If you are using other browsers and encounter issues, please switch to one of these supported browsers to complete your application.  Also, please ONLY attach PC compatible files in Adobe PDF, Excel (xls or xlsx), Word (doc or docx) or PowerPoint (ppt or pptx).  MacIntosh /Apple file formats are not accepted.

Russell County Area Community Foundation Grants

The foundation offers a number of different grant opportunities (see list below). The majority of these grants are available by completing one “RCACF – Universal Grant Application” through our online grant portal.  Applications are accepted in the Spring from February 1 through March 30 with decisions announced in May, and in the Fall from August 1 through September 30 with decisions announced in November.

Fund for a Better Russell County Area

Fund for a Better Russell County Area is an unrestricted community grant fund. The Fund was created by the generosity of individuals who have contributed money to the Foundation for charitable use to address the present and future needs of the Russell County area.

From this endowed fund, the Foundation Board annually determines and designates the amount of available funding in the form of community grants.

The applications are open to a variety of issues and target populations. However, successful applications are those that will help fulfill the Foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life, today and in the future, for the Russell County area.

All non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply as well as groups and individuals working on a charitable community project. For-profit organizations will not be considered unless the request is for a charitable project. Grants will be limited to projects within Russell County and the areas served by USD 399 and USD 407.

All applicants will need to fill out a grant application form through our online grant system.

Significant donors to the Fund for a Better Russell County Area include:
Floyd L. Bear Estate
Class of 1943
First Baptist Church
Catherine Holland
George Holland
Nancy Holland
McDonalds of Russell & Hays
Martin H. Myers
Southwind Bank (formerly United National Bank)

Helen A Hampl Student Aid Fund

The primary purpose of the Helen A. Hampl Student Aid Fund is to aid students enrolled in preschool and grade school in Russell County, KS, who need assistance in order to obtain their education.

Projects that support the purpose of this fund shall be written by preschool and grade school teachers. All teachers will need to fill out a grant application form through our online grant system.

Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund

The Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund was created with a $350,000 gift from the Kansas Health Foundation for completing  the Giving Resources to our World (GROW) Healthy Kansas Initiative.

The purpose of the fund is to support projects that improve the health and well-being of children living in the Russell County area.

All applicants will need to fill out a grant application form through our online grant system.

Russell Schools Apple Seed Fund

The Russell Schools Apple Seed Fund was established to promote and enhance the education of public school students within the city of Russell (presently USD 407 schools). Successful applicants will meet or address one or more of the following items:

  • Items and events which directly benefit the students of the Russell schools and which would not be considered a normal or necessary budget item for basic education.
  • Educational trips or experiences, excluding a senior class trip.
  • Programs of significant or cultural and/or educational value not otherwise available to students.
  • Equipment and materials with significant cultural and/or educational value, otherwise not available to the students.

All applicants will need to fill out a grant application form through our online grant system.

Russell Area Health Fund

The Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Russell County was established in response to the Kansas Health Foundation’s second chapter of the Giving Resources to our World (GROW II) match grant challenge. Grants from this fund support the public health of the Russell County area.

Public health is defined as the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals and their communities through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Funding for this grant is also supported by the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Russell County.

All applicants will need to fill out a grant application form through our online grant system.

Russell Area Youth Activities Fund

  • The Russell Area Youth Activities Fund is designed to promote the health and well-being of children and to encourage healthy lifestyles through involvement in extra-curricular activities, including athletics, performing arts, visual arts, and literacy programs.
  • Applications must be turned in 2 weeks prior to the start of the activity.  The Foundation cannot fund an activity that has already started or fund debt.
  • Funding is limited and grants are determined throughout the year on a first come basis.

Russell County Disaster Relief Fund (Open Continuously)

Our Northwest Kansas communities are strong and resilient even in this time of uncertainty due to natural disasters.

The Russell County Area Community Foundation has established the Russell County Disaster Relief Fund to meet the emergency needs of Russell County. The fund will be able to grant immediate money to nonprofit organizations offering relief services in impacted areas following a major emergency, like the windstorm and wildfires our region experienced in December 2021.

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. To apply for a grant, contact CCKCF at 785-772-5124 or cheyennecountyks@gmail.com to discuss your project eligibility. Check the St. Francis New Gen grant page by clicking the link for more information.

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.