The Dane G. Hansen Foundation has established a partnership with the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation (GNWKCF), Bird City, and the Greater Salina Community Foundation (GSCF) to assist in the distribution of smaller grants throughout the Foundation’s 26-county service area.
Each of the two host community foundations acts as an administrator for funds supplied by the Hansen Foundation.
Funds are divided equally among the 26 counties in the Hansen Foundation service area.
No. The Dane G. Hansen Foundation still accepts applications directly.
No. The criteria for the community foundation grants, though similar does not carry over to direct applications from the Hansen Foundation. This includes minimum or maximum requests.
If your 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, consider applying directly. For smaller, community-oriented projects or programs, particularly those that include or promote volunteer involvement, consider applying through the appropriate community foundation.
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation has determined the criteria for grants distributed through the community foundations. The criteria are the same for all of the community foundation grants, but differ some from the criteria for the regular Hansen grants. Applications for the community foundation grants should address:
- Education: Enhances the learning environment and expands opportunities for students in Northwest Kansas. Provides increased self-reliance on personal life skills and workforce capability.
- Health Care: Ensure access to quality health care services and promotes healthy life practices.
- Community Social Services & Security: Enhance access to social services needed for individuals of special needs and supports systems to provide community disaster relief and general community emergencies.
- Conservation & Environment: Support efforts to improve and maintain high air and water quality, appreciation for our natural environment and enhance economic and social benefits of outdoor resources.
- Arts & Culture: Provide cultural and artistic opportunities to enhance the quality of life for local residents and to encourage tourism and the exchange of ideas.
- Community Beautification: Support efforts to improve and maintain public spaces to enhance community pride and encourage socialization among residents
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 intended for endowment or general operating expenses.
Check individual requirements of the community foundations to determine if grant applicants are required be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, educational, governmental or religious Institution. All grants must be for charitable purposes/broad community benefit.
Yes. Funds in each county are generally limited to programs that serve that county. For organizations working in multiple counties, it is recommended that multiple applications be submitted, or, if the program is large enough, consider a direct application to the Hansen Foundation.
Receiving a grant from one of the community foundations does not prohibit the applicant from also applying directly to the Hansen Foundation for a different program or project. It is not recommended that you apply to the Hansen fund at a community foundation and also directly to the Hansen Foundation with the same request.
Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation hosts the following counties:
Greater Salina Community Foundation hosts the following counties:
Each county has a grant review committee that works with its host community foundation to determine grant recipients for that county. In counties that have a community foundation, GNWKCF and GSCF work with that local foundation. In counties without a community foundation, committees have been formed.
Individual counties may have a unique schedule for when applications are due. Check the websites for GNWKCF and GSCF for additional information.
Just as they do with every grant made from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, the trustees will continually evaluate the partnership and determine when and if funding will continue.