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Fund for Hutchinson Grant

Grants to Kansas Nonprofits and Agencies for Capacity Building
and Collaborations that Serve Residents of Reno County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hutchinson Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/24/18 Noon


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to Kansas nonprofits for capacity building programs, collaboration support, and start-up programs that enhance the lives of residents of Reno County. Funding is intended to strengthen the capacity and resilience of the recipient organizations.

The community’s strongest assets are the thriving nonprofit organizations that strengthen and enhance the lives of the people they serve and our community’s quality of life. Designed to strengthen Reno County’s resilience and capacity, the Fund for Hutchinson is the unrestricted grantmaking fund that allows Hutchinson Community Foundation to address the ever-changing and diverse needs of Reno County communities.

The Community Foundation has made a commitment to investing in organizations as they build capacity to effectively deliver and sustain their mission now and into the future. Capacity-building should enhance a nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and increase its potential to make progress on the community’s challenges. Projects may improve technology and information management systems, diversify the organization’s revenue streams, facilitate marketing and communications plans, or fund feasibility studies, strategic planning, long-term planning, and succession planning. With an interest in addressing unmet needs and spurring innovation, the Fund for Hutchinson also funds program start-up, expansion, or evaluation.

Equally important, the Community Foundation is particularly interested in funding cross-sector and inter-sector transformational collaboration that links organizations in a way that strengthens the work of their collective vision and improves the system of services in Reno County. The fund seeks to support the transformation of innovative ideas into lasting, systems-level change in policies, processes, relationships, and power structures for improved efficiency and sustainability.

Which projects will be given priority in funding?

There is a demonstrable need for this project and the organization is in a key position to meet that need.

Projects that present a well-thought-out strategy for achieving goals with a cost-effective budget.

Projects that leverage resources to optimize shared goals of multiple organizations.

Effective Organizations
Projects that expand or improve the effective services of established organizations.

Outcomes Measurement
Projects with reasonable and effective measurement or evaluation tools to demonstrate impact of outcomes.

Projects that represent new and promising approaches to unmet community needs.

Systems and Environment Change
Projects that go beyond programming and into the policies, systems, and environments that create the structures in which residents live, work, and play.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145314

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards have typically ranged from $1,000 to $15,000 but have averaged around $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year proposals and larger requests will be considered, particularly for collaborations, innovations, and efforts around systems and environment change.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must come from organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) and serve Reno County. Special purpose units of government may apply for support of innovative projects. Community groups who do not have a 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsor.

Grant proposals from individuals or non-qualifying organizations will not be considered.

Applicants must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or national origin.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Each summer, Hutchinson Community Foundation offers Technical Assistance Workshops for nonprofits and community members interested in applying for Fund for Hutchinson grants.

This advanced workshop is designed for those who are already familiar with the Fund for Hutchinson grant application and process at a technical level. Participants will instead engage around the Community Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, exchange ideas, and share opportunities for collaboration or cooperation around initiatives in Reno County. The focus will be more on grant proposal concepts than grant-writing tips.

Though attending a workshop is not required for applying to the Fund for Hutchinson, it is highly recommended. Organizations are welcome to send multiple staff or board members, as appropriate for their needs.

Advanced Fund for Hutchinson Technical Assistance Workshop
July 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Hutchinson Community Foundation Training Room, fifth floor, First National Center, 1 N. Main St.

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Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 Fund for Hutchinson grant cycle opens in June and closes in late August 2018.

Organizations may submit more than one application if the projects cannot logically be combined into one request.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the grant-seeker information sessions to learn about Hutchinson Community Foundation grant processes and priorities.

- Applications due by noon August 24, 2018
- Awards announced at 4 p.m. on November 15, 2018 at the Cosmosphere
- Grant period November 16, 2018 – December 31, 2019
- Mid-term grant report due July 1, 2019
- Final grant report due January 31, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kari Mailloux, Program Officer

Sarah Blake, Program Associate

Hutchinson Community Foundation
1 N. Main, Ste. 501 | P.O. Box 298
Hutchinson, KS 67504-0298

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: Reno County