The Foundation accepts grant applications for programs or projects that benefit the people and communities of Northwest Kansas.
The Foundation retains the right to alter these grant criteria as necessary. Action on all grants is subject to the discretion of the Trustees.
The Foundation requests that Foundation Trustees NOT be contacted directly with regard to grant proposals. Questions may be directed to the Foundation’s Grant Coordinator.
Approval of a grant proposal is not a commitment to future financial support.
Applications must be submitted using our online application. Paper applications will NOT be accepted.
Applications are accepted at any time. If a grant application is received, reviewed by the grant coordinator and marked as complete by 9:00 a.m. on the 25th of each month, it will be reviewed at the following Trustee meeting. If a grant application is submitted before the 25th, but the application is incomplete, the applicant has until 9:00 a.m. on the 25th to make the corrections for it to be considered in that grant cycle. Applicants are encouraged to submit their grant application a week early to ensure time to make any revisions should they be required. Applicants can expect to hear from the Foundation via email by the last day of the month in which the application was considered.
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation’s primary service area includes the 26 most Northwest Kansas counties.
Consideration will be given to proposals from organizations outside the primary service area if the proposal provides substantial benefits to the people or communities within the primary service area.
Applicants must qualify as one of the following:
*Applications that do not qualify under one of the above will NOT be considered.
The Hansen Foundation will NOT consider proposals for the following:
The following documents are required and must be uploaded as a part of the application:
NEW: Proposals by supporting entities such as health care or education foundations or “friends” organizations applying for funds that will directly benefit another organization, i.e.; the hospital, clinic, college, university, etc. must submit financial statements for BOTH the applying organization and the organization that will receive the direct benefit.
Grants are made only to qualifying organizations. Applicants must qualify as one of the following:
*Applications that do not qualify under one of the above will not be considered.
Applications should be submitted ahead of the need. In other words, before a project or program has started. There is about a 4-week time lag between application deadline and announcement of funded grants. Applicants should plan ahead when requesting funding. The Hansen Foundation does not generally fund applications for requests that are already well-underway or completed.
Applications must be submitted using our online application. Paper applications will not be accepted. First-time applicants, or applicants using the new online form for the first time will be required to create an account or profile for the applying organization. Subsequent applications from the same organization will not need to repeat this step.
Applications are received and reviewed by Foundation staff. All grants that meet the Foundation’s criteria are reviewed by the Foundation Trustees. Applicants are notified of the Trustees’ decision via email.
Successful applicants are required to complete an online grant agreement. Once the agreement is received, Foundation staff will process the grant. Grant checks are generally mailed within 10 days following receipt of the grant agreement.
Grant recipients are required to complete a grant report at the completion of the program or project for which the grant was received. Grant reports are submitted via the Foundation’s online grant process.
In an effort to fulfill our mission, the Trustees will award grants with priority given to applications that will best enhance both the current and future quality of life in Northwest.
Applications for significant grants or major funding projects are reviewed using the following considerations:
The summer reading grant is designed to specifically address “summer slide.” The application addresses elements that research shows must be present for a summer reading program to successfully move the learning needle.
Successful grant applications will address three important elements:
Access – How will the children get to the books, or how will the books get to the children. Offering a program and hoping children will come is not enough to reach the children who need it most.
Choice – We know that allowing children to self-select from a choice of age-appropriate titles is a critical element in getting them to read.
Discussion – The opportunity to talk about the text with peers and/or adults reinforces the text and takes the learning to a higher level.
Grant applications for summer will be accepted on a monthly basis until April 25. Applications received by 9:00 a.m. on the 25th day of the month will be considered the following month.
NW Kansas Arts grants are designed to bring more arts events to Northwest Kansas by assisting with the artist fee/contract. Applicants are required to secure funding for expenses beyond the artist contract, such as facility rental, food, marketing, etc.
A single application is available for the NW Kansas Arts Events Grant. It includes events in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance or events featuring Kansas-based artists. Applications are accepted at any time, following the Foundation’s regular monthly grant schedule.