Grant Guidelines

All of our grant funds abide by our General Grant Guidelines, however some funds have additional or more restrictive requirements.  Click on the links on the Search & Apply for a Grant page to view any additional requirements.

General Grant Guidelines

Applications for grants from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation are sought from the general public. Grants are decided by the Foundation’s Board of Directors or a local grants committee and are traditionally, open to a variety of community issues and target populations within the Smoky Valley area.

Grants may be made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational, government or religious institutions. Individuals or organizations that do not fall into those categories that wish to apply for a grant that is for a charitable purpose must follow expenditure responsibility as outlined in the Grant Making and Due Diligence Policy & Procedure guidelines.

Unless stated otherwise, applications that benefit the greater good of the population or the community are preferred and are restricted to the Smoky Valley area.  The Smoky Valley area is defined as northern McPherson County and southern Saline County.

When reviewing applications for grants from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation, the following will be considered:

What type of support is being requested?

  • Project or program support- supports specific projects or programs that are often linked to an organization’s service
  • Operating or general support- supports the work of an organization from administrative expenses to program costs
  • Endowments- a permanent gift to be invested to provide income for continued support for an organization
  • Seed money- to establish or initiate a new project, program or organization. Seed money can cover salaries and other operating expenses of a new project (also known as start up funds).
  • Capacity building- activities that strengthen an organization and help it fulfill its mission either through staff and equipment, new building or renovation, publications, training and convening.
  • Capital- supports construction or renovation of a facility

The board can choose to grant to any of the above type of requests.

What opportunities are there to fund?

The Foundation also considers grants that support a variety of funding opportunities including projects or programs that support:

  • Health and Human service needs
  • Arts, including visual and performance
  • Education
  • Spirituality
  • Environment

Is the program or project sustainable?

The Foundation will also consider if the program, project or organization for which funding is requested is sustainable. Will the initiative continue after Foundation support ends? Do they have other ways of funding?

Is this a new grant request?

Although the Board will consider a request for funding that is the same or similar to a previously approved grant, preference will be given to new and innovative grant requests.

The Foundation will NOT consider grants to the following:

  • Political projects of any kind
  • Organizations or projects that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sex, age, or national origin
  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt

Any incomplete, incorrect or late applications will not be considered.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

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