INVESTING IN COMMUNITY-LED SOLUTIONS

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.

GRANT TYPES

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

APPLY FOR A GRANT
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.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fund Due Date: Closed |  Grant Range: Up to $25,000

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fund is designed for nonprofits that provide essential services to the community and have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Aligned with the guidelines of ARPA, this grant supports organizations that have faced revenue reduction due to the pandemic but are unable to find funding elsewhere as a result of their size. Eligible applicants will be assessed based on guidelines (see below), with a preference given to those disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

What we fund

  • Nonprofits based in Wichita, Kansas
  • Nonprofits with an annual operating budget of no more than $500,000 (in 2022)
  • Organizations that experienced a reduction in revenue due to the pandemic
  • Organizations that can provide an anti-discrimination policy and/or a conflict-of-interest policy
  • Preference will be given to nonprofits who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, as defined by ARPA Interim/Final Rule, including racial and ethnic minorities, low-to-moderate income individuals (less than 300% of the federal poverty level, individuals with disabilities, and in equity impact zones (67203, 67204, 67210, 67211, 67213, 67214, 67216, 67217, 67218, 67219)

George R. Tiller, M.D. Memorial Fund Due Date: 06/03/2024 |  Grant Range: Up to $25,000

Since its establishment in 2010, the George R. Tiller, M.D., Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Women’s Health at Wichita Foundation has granted more than $1 million to nonprofits in Kansas who help women help themselves. These grants provide comprehensive health services, support and compassion to vulnerable women to realize their dreams.

Dr. Tiller was a board-certified Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Physicians and practiced for more than 40 years.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Step 1 - Submit a letter of inquiry by June 3. This includes a proposed project description (300 words or less) and a simple budget.

Step 2 - The committee will invite nonprofits to apply for funding. We'll notify and provide a more detailed application for finalists to complete. 

Step 3 - Selected nonprofits to submit detailed applications in the fall. Grantees will be announced in the fall. 

 

Funding priorities

Organizations in Kansas may apply for up to $25,000. Projects should focus on reproductive health and services to women in need, such as: 

  • Medical education, but not scholarships
  • Medical testing expenses linked to reproductive health for women in need
  • Fellowships or research related to women's reproductive health
  • Sex education programs in elementary, middle or high schools
  • Film, video or documentary productions 
  • Substance abuse programs for women in need
  • Offsetting the delivery of medical services related to reproductive health to women
  • Disease specific organizations related to reproductive health, such as breast or ovarian

 

Requests not accepted

The Fund will not accept grant requests for business expense operations, advertising, scholarships, rent, living expenses, tables at charity events, capital or endowment campaigns, publications, or computer equipment.

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 james@wichitafoundation.org.

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

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James Woods
James Woods

Director of Engagement

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