Since 1986, the Wichita Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants. We support and collaborate with nonprofits working to meet community needs and enhance the quality of life in Wichita.


There are four types of grants we award to nonprofit organizations:

Competitive Grants

We oversee competitive grant rounds for fund holders upon request.

Fund Holder Grants

Donors make recommendations and we distribute monthly grants to nonprofits.

Emergency Grants

Provides relief assistance to nonprofits in the Wichita and Sedgwick County area.

Fund for Wichita Grants

Mobilizes charitable dollars through our strategic initiatives. 

To be eligible to apply for the grants listed below, your organization must be:

All grants are awarded at the discretion of the advisors to each fund, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the Wichita Foundation.

Commonly asked questions

The application process for the Foundation is accessible through our Online Grants Portal.
Online grant portal

Competitive Grant Opportunities

Each grant helps realize our vision for a strong, vibrant community.

Wichita Wagonmasters Fund Due Date: 12/29/2023 |  Grant Range: Up to $1,000

Established in 2012 by the Wichita Wagonmasters, the Good Life Grants at WF are committed to benefiting the quality of life for Wichitans. The fund serves a wide range of projects enabling more people to enjoy the good life and to promote Wichita as a great place to live, work and play. Applications open October 1, 2023. 

Wichita Wagonmasters was formed by a group of civic-minded business executives with a single purpose: To promote and sell the good life in Wichita. The civic and social activities of the founders, and now of the total membership, are as wide and varied as the personalities of the members themselves.

Funding priorities

The Wichita Wagonmasters Fund at WF will consider requests beginning at $250, with a maximum of $1,000.

The Good Life Grants invest in programs that…

  • Serve Wichita, Kansas
  • Avoid duplication of existing services
  • Collaborate with or facilitate collaboration among nonprofit organizations
  • Suggest creative & practical approaches to community problems
  • Exhibit measurable results
  • Address prevention as well as remediation

The Fund also selects organizations that…

  • Demonstrate present & future sustainability
  • Are fiscally sound
  • Leverage other funding sources when available
  • Capital equipment, improvements and construction


Requests not accepted

  • General support of operating budgets, reduction of organizational debt
  • Direct lobbying or influencing of elections
  • Tax-supported government functions, funding individuals
  • Unnecessary duplication of existing services
  • Fundraising campaigns and expenses
  • Endowments
  • Fellowships
  • Beauty or talent contests
  • Support of religious organizations of religious purposes
  • Courtesy advertising.

Victor Murdock Fund Due Date: Closed |  Grant Range: Up to $60,000

The Victor Murdock Fund at WF invests in programs that provide creative and practical approaches to solving community problems. The Fund was established in 2000 to honor Wichita Eagle founder and long-time Wichitan, Victor Murdock.

Victor Murdock was born in 1872 with newspaper ink in his blood. One of three children of Victoria and Colonel Marshall Murdock, the family settled in Wichita in 1872 and founded the newspaper we know today as The Wichita Eagle.


Funding priorities

The Victor Murdock Fund invests in programs that provide creative and practical approaches to solving community problems. 

  • Programs serving Wichita, Kansas
  • Programs that avoid duplication of existing services
  • Programs that facilitate collaboration among nonprofit organizations
  • Organizations that are fiscally sound
  • Programs that exhibit measurable results

Requests not accepted

  • General operational expenses
  • Reduction of organizational debt
  • Direct lobbying or influencing decisions
  • Tax-supported government functions
  • Individuals
  • Fundraising and capital campaigns and expenses
  • Support of religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Endowments
  • Advertising

Emergency Grant Opportunities

Unexpected situations can arise for nonprofits and we’re here to quickly respond to your urgent needs.

WF Emergency Fund Due Date: Ongoing |  Grant Range: Varies

The WF Emergency Fund provides immediate relief assistance to nonprofit organizations in the Wichita and Sedgwick County areas. For more information, email

Grant details

  • Funding sources are limited
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • We asses applications weekly
  • For-profit organizations are not eligible for this assistance


Requests not accepted

We are not providing assistance for the following situations:

  • No basic operations
  • No payroll
  • No lost revenue from planned fundraisers
  • No capital improvements

Interested in donating to the Fund? 

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Questions about grants?

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James Woods
James Woods

Director of Nonprofit & Donor Connections

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