Apply today for a 2023 Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund grant! [Update: Closed]

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is proud to announce that Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund grants are now available for eligible organizations with charitable projects in Crawford County, Kansas. These grants aim to provide assistance of various kinds for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income families in our area.

Continue reading to learn more about this grant opportunity or click the button below to start the online application process:

Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund Grant Basics

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882 on principles of charity, unity, and fraternity with the intent to bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled, and needy and their families. For decades, the Pittsburg Council of the Knights of Columbus carried out that mission by operating the Knights of Columbus Tower, providing low-income housing and other forms of assistance for local residents. After that building was sold in 2021, council members established an endowment with the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas. 

The Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund continues the council’s mission through an annual grant cycle. Grants are available for programs and projects that accomplish any of the following for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income families and individuals of Pittsburg, Kansas, and the surrounding area:

  • Provide housing-, rent-, and utility-needs assistance;
  • Provide health and human services to meet their educational, social, physical, spiritual, and psychological needs;
  • Promote their health, security, happiness, and usefulness; or
  • Improve community services for them.

Last year, this grant opportunity provided funding for 10 local projects, and we can’t wait to see what new projects it can help in 2023!

Knights of Columbus Grants Eligibility, Application, and Timeline

We are excited to open the application process for the 2023 grant cycle starting today, May 1, and ending on May 31, 2023. We encourage all eligible organizations with projects serving Crawford County residents to apply.

To be considered for this grant process, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) public charity, a church or religious institution, a school, or a government agency. Organizations that don’t satisfy this requirement may still be eligible if they partner with a fiscal sponsor that does.

To apply, simply follow this link and complete and submit an application online. We’ve designed our application form to be simple and convenient to complete, but if you need help using it, you can find a tutorial here or just contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist!

Applications will be reviewed during June, and grant awards will be announced by mid-summer.

As part of the grant process, recipients will be required to submit an evaluation report by April 30, 2024. This report will help assess the effectiveness of the funded programs and their impact on the targeted population. By sharing their successes, challenges, and lessons learned, grantees contribute to a collective understanding of best practices for supporting local residents.

Apply today!

The Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund at CFSEK embodies the mission of the Knights of Columbus, upholding the values of charity, unity, and fraternity for future generations. Knights of Columbus Fund grants allow local organizations to address vital needs ranging from housing and utilities to health, education, and community services. We invite all eligible organizations to submit an application so we can help bring your valuable projects to life!

Please contact Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens with any questions.

Last updated June 1, 2023