GROW Decatur County Foundation
The Foundation became an affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation in November 2016 upon establishing their newly formed community foundation. An affiliate is a collection of community funds to increase philanthropic giving in a geographic area. Both endowed and non-endowed funds are developed to provide financial support to 501(c)(3) and other qualifying non-profit organizations and for charitable purposes to benefit area residents.
Their logo “GROW” stands for Growing Rural Opportunities Within; a motto they feel very strongly about and have a passion to pursue for the betterment of Decatur County. GROW Decatur County Foundation gives residents an opportunity to invest in their community through wills, trusts, life insurance and gifts. It benefits the giver, the gift is forever and every dollar is used to benefit Decatur County.
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- GROW Decatur County Foundation Fund
In November 2016, the GROW Decatur County Foundation Fund was established through utilizing a matching campaign initiative offered through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Incoming donations into this endowment fund were matched $1 for $1 up to $50,000. The Decatur County communities, alumni and friends, stepped up to the challenge and exceeded their portion of the incoming contributions by more than double; raising approximately $115,000 prior to adding in the Hansen’s $50,000 match. In 2017 and 2018, local support came through once again and the fund has since passed the $400,000 mark! As this endowment fund continues to grow, a percentage of the fund balance will be made available annually to benefit Decatur County through grants dollars to help support projects throughout the county and communities within.
Grant applications from the GROW Decatur County Foundation Fund accepted between February 1 and December 1 annually. Application details and guidelines can be found online at https://www.gnwkcf.org/growgrant.
- Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund for Decatur County
To date, Decatur County is one of 26 counties in northwest Kansas that has been awarded nine rounds of $50,000 grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, with 12 of those county funds established through the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation. This grant fund was established in March 2015 to allow qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; or educational, governmental or religious institutes per IRS, to apply for funding assistance for projects intended for Decatur County benefit. Qualifying entities may apply online; grants are awarded through a competitive application process. The Hansen Foundation has guaranteed additional rounds of funding to continue through 2021, providing continual county-wide participation in the Decatur County Strategic Doing Initiative. For criteria and application information, click here.
Click HERE to see a list of all grants awarded from January 2017 to April 2019.