Grant Information

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 makes its general and strategic grants each year for the betterment of the Bird City community.

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 as of March, and an additional $50,000 in September. Starting in 2018, distributions are guaranteed 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 twelve counties listed above.  Please note that Graham and Phillips counties accept applications twice a year (Sept. 15 – Nov. 15 and April 1 – May 31) 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.

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.

GROW Decatur County Foundation Grant Fund

The GROW Decatur County Foundation has grant funds available for up to $500 per project application. 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.

Grant applications are due by the first day of each month and will continue until the funds are depleted or December 30 of the current year.

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.

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 makes grants each year for the betterment of the St. Francis community and Cheyenne County Kansas. Typically grants are solicited annually in March and awarded in May.

Scholarship Information

Bird City Century II Development Foundation Scholarship Fund 

The Business Development Scholarship is a scholarship program offered to individuals wishing to expand their education, and live and work in Bird City. This scholarship is based upon financial need and a commitment to return to Bird City, fulfilling our goal to enhance the business community of Bird City.

Brianna Linin Memorial Scholarship Fund 

The Brianna Linin Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Brianna Danae Linin, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor which claimed her life when she was just five years old.  A local fundraising event, Goodland’s Got Talent, has been an annual memorial to her and her legacy, with proceeds each year going into this scholarship fund.  The first scholarships awarded from this Fund were to 2017 graduates of Goodland High School, Brianna’s classmates.  A perpetuating scholarship will continue in years beyond. Applications are due each year by April 1 for consideration.

Della Connell Scholarship 

The Della Connell Scholarship Fund was established to assist Norton High School graduating seniors with continuing their higher education. This scholarship is set-up as a two-semester payout with the opportunity to apply for a second year renewal.

  • Della Connell Scholarship Application – check back in 2019 for application
Edgar and Mabel Robertson Scholarship 

The Robertson Scholarship is a memorial scholarship made available to Cheylin graduating seniors with primary emphasis being community service. This scholarship is paid to recipients over 2 years (4 semesters), providing a 2.5 cumulative GPA is maintained.

Flora Elizabeth Boutz Edwards Endowment Scholarship

The Flora Elizabeth Boutz Edwards Endowment Scholarship was first made available to 2017 graduates of Decatur Community Schools in Oberlin. This permanent scholarship will continue to support Decatur Community Schools annually through the generous benefit and forward thinking efforts of Ms. Edwards. This scholarship is paid out over a two-semester payout.

  • Flora Elizabeth Boutz Edwards Endowment Scholarship Application – check back in 2019 for application
Opal and Adolph Harris Estate Scholarship Fund for Hill City USD 281 

The Opal and Adolph Harris Estate Scholarship Fund for Hill City USD 281 has been established to benefit graduates of Hill City USD 281, or students who are home-schooled and live within the Hill City School District.  Special consideration will be given to students from the Penokee and Morland areas of the district.  Two scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,500 each; paid over the course of two semesters.

Opal and Adolph Harris Estate Scholarship Fund for Hoxie USD 412 

The Opal and Adolph Harris Estate Scholarship Fund for Hoxie USD 412 has been established to benefit graduates of Hoxie USD 412, or students who are home-schooled and live within the Hoxie School District.  Two scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,750 each; paid over the course of two semesters.

Wingfield Scholarship Fund 

The Wingfield Scholarship, established by Owen and Phyllis Wingfield, is a 4-year scholarship made available to Cheylin graduating seniors who wish to continue their education, but need some financial assistance in doing so. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to be considered.