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Community Fund and Impact Grant Pilot Program

Grants to Kansas Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Youth,
Arts, Education, Libraries, and Community Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Midwest Energy

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Postmark or Receipt


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of $5,000 to Kansas nonprofit, educational, and charitable organizations to benefit communities within the funding source’s service area. Program priorities include, but are not limited to, arts, youth, education, community events, and libraries. Service regions include Colby, Great Bend, Hays, Phillipsburg, and Scott City.

Community Fund:

The Community Fund benefits charitable, educational and nonprofit organizations in the Midwest Energy service area. Five customer committees review charitable requests and submit recommendations to Midwest Energy management for approval. Each committee allocates funds based on the number of meters in the assigned counties. The committees may direct funds to activities that focus on youth, arts, education, libraries, community events or other priorities that fall within the guidelines.

The Midwest Energy Community Fund is funded and governed by Midwest Energy and supports activities or investments in Midwest Energy’s retail electric and natural gas communities or activities beneficial to retail customers immediately outside* the service area.

* For example, a school or hospital, not in Midwest Energy’s service area, may have a significant number of Midwest Energy customers benefiting from its service.

-Requests must be for community or civic betterment projects or events of a nonprofit, non-commercial nature. Formal charitable status or 501(c)(3) designation is not required of applicants, but the applicant must affirm the funds will be used for the purpose(s) requested.
-Grants range from $50 to $1,000.
-Broad community benefit projects are recommended over narrowly focused projects.
-If funds are requested for tangible items, long-lived community assets or their improvement are preferred over expendable items (fireworks, event prizes, etc.)
-Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to issue a local press release regarding their project and the Community Fund grant.

Funding Parameters:

The Midwest Energy Community Fund will accept applications to fund the following activities, but others may be considered by the Area Advisory Committees:
-Education, art, music or theatrical programs (including performer stipends) at public or private schools, or provided through community organizations. No more than 25% of funds will be awarded to K-12 school or classroom projects excluding Project Prom/Project Graduation events. Project Prom/Project Graduation type events will receive $50 each.
-Public library programs or improvements.
-Leadership or business clubs or events sponsored by a school or community organization
-Community development.
-Museum, park or community center improvements (including teen, senior and recreation centers and similar facilities for public use).
-Equipment for athletic teams that remains relatively fixed in place such as soccer goals, basketball backboards, scoreboards, swimming pool equipment, etc.
-Safety education and other youth programs.
-Seed money leveraged to raise additional funds for a community project that is consistent with the Funding Parameters. For example, a Community Fund grant might be used for a benefit meal that is part of a community park improvement fund raising event.

Community Fund Impact Grant Pilot Program:

In 2015 Midwest Energy will modify the Midwest Community Fund program by establishing five $5,000 grants, with one to be awarded annually in each existing Community Fund area. These five grants will be awarded to communities or organizations working on projects larger than the typical Community Fund applicant. A requirement is that the applicant must match the award with funds from the community (invested in a pass through fund with a local community foundation) or documented pledged funds.

-The project must enhance the community as a whole with long-lived improvements
-Potential projects must be submitted by an organization or committee established for the purpose (i.e., not by an individual)
-The application must demonstrate community support

-Community or economic studies
-Creation of a community endowed fund for charitable purposes through a local or area community foundation
-Strategic planning for community or economic development activities
-Regional planning efforts between communities where collaboration, working partnerships or consolidation are the goals
-Creation of bike and walk trails, healthy community activities, youth/senior programs or facilities, beautification projects or similar community projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175257

Number of Grants:

Impact Pilot Program Grants provide five grants, with one awarded annually in each existing Community Fund area.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Fund grants range from $50 to $1,000.

Impact Grant Pilot Program grants are $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Midwest Energy Community Fund will not accept applications to fund the following:
-General operating, tax or payroll expenses for the organization
-Individual or group registration fees or travel expenses
-Gifts for individuals
-Scholarship programs or individual scholarships
-Uniforms, personal athletic equipment, clothing, or general sponsorships for little leagues, traveling teams, youth clubs, etc.
-Political purposes or advocacy
-Meals, snacks, beverages and food pantry inventory. Exceptions may be made for meals/snacks that are part of a fund-raising event or community service project whose objectives are consistent with the Funding Parameters and restrictions.
-Projects of religious denominations, unless the expenditure is directed to the benefit of the community at large (e.g., all youth, or all elderly, etc.) and is not limited or offered primarily to members of that denomination
-Repairs and improvements to private property or that of religious denominations
-Organizations or programs outside Midwest Energy’s service territory, unless a direct benefit is provided to a significant number of Midwest Energy customers
-Medical research or disease prevention causes or individual medical expenses
-Projects substantially completed before the grant application deadline
-Community foundations, unless the application designates a specific project

Pre-Application Information:

For the Impact Grant Pilot Program, the local match must be on a 2 to 1 basis ($10,000 must be raised or pledged to receive a $5,000 grant). Applications to create an endowed fund for a community must have a 4 to 1 match or ($20,000 raised or pledged to receive a $5,000 grant).

Community Fund Grants are awarded semiannually. The application deadlines for the funding periods are March 1 and October 1.

For the Impact Grant Pilot Program, the regular Community Fund application can be used for the basic information, but additional information should be supplied describing the project, community support and the matching fund.

To be considered for funding within an application period, application must be received by Midwest Energy, or postmarked, on or prior to the application deadline. Deadlines for applications are determined by Midwest Energy and are subject to change.

You may submit the application electronically using the Online Application form.

Contact Information:

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

Bob Muirhead

Kay Unruh

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: Colby, Great Bend, Hays, Phillipsburg, and Scott City