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Caroline F. Peine Charitable Foundation Grant

Grants to Kansas Nonprofits to Benefit
the Manhattan and Keats Communities

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Caroline F. Peine Charitable Foundation

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Grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for Manhattan residents or support recreational development in the town of Keats. LOIs are due April 6. Examples of eligible request categories include the arts, historical preservation, childcare, the elderly, historic preservation, and energy assistance.

The Foundation will consider funding projects from local organizations that include, but are not limited to; the KONZA Prairie, the Regional Crisis Center, the Sunset Zoo, the Special Olympics, and the UFM.

The Foundation will also consider funding projects from any other Manhattan nonprofit organization involving the arts (including theater), energy assistance for low income individuals and/or families facilities, historical preservation, libraries, parks and recreation, services for the elderly and handicapped, and subsidized child care which enables a parent or parents to be employed or be educated.

The Foundation prefers to support proposals that emphasize funding for programs and community benefits. Proposals that request funds for administrative overhead or operational expenses are not encouraged. However, such requests may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The Foundation strongly encourages, but does not require, collaborative efforts. If a project is proposed as a collaborative effort, Letters of Commitment will be required with full grant proposals but not Letters of Intent.

The Foundation believes community enthusiasm and involvement are essential ingredients for project success and encourages proposals that effectively demonstrate community support and participation.

Grant proposals must show legitimate evidence of program sustainability for all projects that will continue beyond the funding period.

The Grants Committee encourages organizations to build endowments.

Capital improvement requests may be considered in circumstances that provide exceptional benefit to the community. If the project involves substantial capital improvement expenditures, the Foundation will require appropriate architectural and/or engineering consulting and supervision.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179991

Term of Contract:

Generally, grants will be made for one year. Multi-year projects will be considered in circumstances that will provide exceptional benefit to the community. The Foundation Grants Committee limits multi-year grants to a maximum of 4 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations considered for funding must show proof of 501(c)3 or tax-exempt status.

No distribution of funds shall be made for the purpose of providing operating costs to maintain the City of Manhattan, Kansas or any of its facilities, it rather being Grantor’s intention to improve the quality of life in the city.

Furthermore, grants will not be made for the purposes of industrial development, organized athletics, or for church or religious purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

Funding for capital improvement requests will be for a maximum of 50% of the overall project. Typical grants will be in the 25%-30% range.  

Matching funds are not required for non-capital proposals, however, support for the project from locally raised funds, materials and/or labor will strengthen a proposal.

The Caroline F. Peine Charitable Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Intent for its next round of funding.

The deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent is April 6, 2018 (no exceptions).

Letters which propose projects of further interest to the Foundation will be notified on or about April 27, 2018 and those organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 1, 2018.

Organizations seeking grants in excess of $10,000 should use the document identified as “Major Grant Format with Review Rubric.” For grants $10,000 or less, please use the “Small Grant Format.”

If a project is proposed as a collaborative effort, Letters of Commitment will be required with full grant proposals but not Letters of Intent.

It is the intent of the Foundation to fund approved grants in late June 2018.

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

Tony Twyman

Caroline F. Peine Foundation
Bank of America, NA, Trustee
C/O Manhattan Community Foundation
PO Box 1127
Manhattan, KS 66505

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: City of Manhattan and Town of Keats