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

In April 2015, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation initiated a new grant opportunity with Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation, as an avenue to financially help support charitable activities in Northwest Kansas. With this funding, 10 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, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace.

The Hansen Foundation announced in May 2017 that funding has been made available for each of these county-wide funds as “pass-through” grants for a third year in a row: $50,000 has been made available as of May, and an additional $50,000 to be renewed in September.  Grant applications are currently being accepted online, and available to all ten counties listed above.  The Dane G. Hansen Foundation serves a 26-county area in Northwest Kansas; the other 16 counties not listed are eligible to apply through the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

There is no maximum on grant requests, however, if the request is for significant dollars, (more than $10,000), covers multiple counties within the service area, is a multi- year request, or if it is a project that was previously funded directly by the Hansen Foundation, it is suggested the applicant apply directly to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Preference will 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. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, educational, governmental or religious Institution.

Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, educational, governmental or religious Institution.

Applicants must submit an online application; paper applications will not be accepted. Application deadline is the first day of each month; applications received after the first, will not be reviewed until the following month.  Awards will be determined based on stated criteria through a competitive application process reviewed by advisory committees established within each county.

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; helping to raise funds for this scholarship.  The first scholarship from this Fund was awarded in 2017 to select graduates of Goodland High School, Brianna’s classmates.  A perpetuating scholarship will continue in years beyond.

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.

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.

Willis and Imogene Toothaker Scholarship Fund 

The Toothaker Scholarship will be awarded annually; available to Hoxie USD 412 graduates, beginning in May 2020.

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.