Each year, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas grants thousands of dollars to nonprofits in the Southeast Kansas region for projects in arts and culture, human needs, children and youth activities, youth volunteerism, at-risk youth, and women’s health through competitive grant-application processes.

Grants available

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas has several options for organizations that are looking for grant funding. Agencies can apply for funds during the following grant cycles:

  • March: The Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Foundation offers a grant opportunity specifically for youth volunteerism in the Southeast Kansas region. GBL grant applications are available during March.
  • April: The Elm Acres Foundation awards grants for programs that address the needs of at-risk youth in Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette Counties. Elm Acres grant applications are available during April.
  • May: The Knights of Columbus Endowment grants are for projects addressing housing needs in Crawford County. Knights of Columbus grant applications are available during May.
  • June: The CFSEK General Funds grants are available in the areas of basic human needs, youth activities, and arts and culture. General funds grant applications are available during June.
  • August: The Future Fund Giving Circle makes grants possible for nonprofits, schools, and religious or governmental organizations within Crawford County, Kansas. Future Fund grant applications are available during August.
  • September: The Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund Women’s Giving Circle and Circle of Friends provide grants to improve the health and well-being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness, and sharing quality-of-life opportunities that benefit all women.

You can learn more about each of our grant cycles, including the organizations and types of projects that have received grants in the past, by clicking the links above.

Our affiliates, the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation and Girard Area Community Foundation, also offer their own grant cycles. Their applications are typically available during August.

Grant publicity instructions

If your organization has received a grant from the Community Foundation, congratulations! Part of your grant agreement is that you share the good news about your grant and recognize that funding was provided by the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas, and we’ve developed a short list of publicity rules to help you do so effectively.

Learning opportunities for grant writers

The Foundation routinely hosts opportunities for grant writers to hone their skills by attending workshops led by experienced local grant writers. To stay informed about these opportunities, you can subscribe to our Community Seminars email list.