CFSEK General Funds Grants for 2021 Are Now Available

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is pleased to announce that the 2021 General Funds grant application is now available through June 30, 2021. General Funds grants are available for non-profit programs and services for basic human needs and youth activities. This year's grant application can be found on the General Funds page of our website and is due by June 30, 2021.

Keep reading to learn more about CFSEK General Funds grants.

What are CFSEK General Funds grants?

The Community Foundation's mission is to serve the region by encouraging charitable giving benefiting the common good and the quality of life. We inspire leadership with programming that is responsive to the interests and needs of those we serve now and in the future.

In pursuit of that mission, CFSEK offers grants to help non-profit organizations addressing a wide range of needs in Southeast Kansas communities. Since 2004, the funds directly managed by the CFSEK have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to numerous Southeast Kansas non-profit projects.

In 2020, the CFSEK General Funds grant cycle awarded $141,300 to support 44 organizations in Bourbon, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, and Wilson Counties. 2020 grants ranged in amount from $700 to $8,022, with an average of $3,170. For a full list of 2020 grant recipients, see our General Funds page or the 2020 Grant Celebration newsletter.

For 2021, CFSEK is offering a total of $145,000 through General Funds grants. $88,348 will be available for youth activities, and $56,652 will be available for programs addressing basic human needs.

Who can apply for CFSEK General Funds grants?

CFSEK General Funds grants are only available for 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions, units of government, and religious organizations. If you're uncertain whether your group or organization is eligible for a grant, please contact us for help.

The following types of project expenses are typically not funded:

  • Ongoing operating expenses, salaries, or stipends
  • Mileage reimbursement or travel costs
  • Building or construction projects
  • Religious activities, unless the project serves the general public regardless of religious affiliation
  • Political activities

How to apply for a General Funds grant

To apply for a General Funds grant, download the grant application (downloads PDF) from our website or request it by emailing Sherri Stephens. You can submit your application in one of three ways:

  • Email to sherri.stephens@southeastkansas.org (Preferred)
  • Mail to:
    Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas
    P.O. Box 1448
    Pittsburg, KS 66762
  • Hand delivery to the drop box outside our office in the basement of the Commerce Bank building in Pittsburg:
    100 S. Broadway, Ste. 100
    Pittsburg, KS 66762

Your application should be typed and should include proof of non-profit status if not already on file with CFSEK. Please review the instructions included in the application carefully before submitting it.

Applications must be returned to CFSEK by June 30, 2021.