Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund


The Dane G. Hansen Foundation initiated a grant opportunity in March 2015 with Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation as an avenue to financially help support charitable activities in Northwest Kansas. With this funding, 10 county-wide funds have been established, allocating grant funds to each to be used for projects benefiting the counties and/or communities within. Annually, funding is made available for each of these county-wide funds as “pass-through” grants: $50,000 being made available as of March, and an additional $50,000 in September. Starting in 2018, distributions are guaranteed providing continued county-wide participation in a Strategic Doing initiative supported by the Hansen Foundation. Individual Community Foundations may opt to participate in the Ripple Effects Mapping process sponsored by the Hansen Foundation as well.


  • Grants can address:

    • Education:  Enhances the learning environment and expands opportunities for students. Provides increased self-reliance on personal life skills and workforce capability.

    • Health Care:  Ensures access to quality health care services and promotes healthy life practices.

    • Community Social Services & Security:  Enhance access to social services needed for individuals of special needs and supports systems to provide community disaster relief and general community emergencies.

    • Conservation & Environment:  Support efforts to improve and maintain high air and water quality, appreciation for our natural environment and enhances economic and social benefits of outdoor resources.

    • Arts & Culture: Provide cultural and artistic opportunities to enhance the quality of life for local residents and to encourage tourism and the exchange of ideas.

    • Community Beautification: Support efforts to improve and maintain public spaces to enhance community pride and encourage socialization among residents

  • Preference will be given to applications that include community involvement and volunteerism.

  • Grants shall not be used to reduce or replace regular budgetary needs for programs or projects that are tax-supported.

  • Grants are not awarded for endowment or general operating expenses.

  • There is no maximum on grant requests, however, if the request is for significant dollars (more than $10,000), covers multiple counties within the service area, is a multi-year request, or for a project that was previously funded directly by the Hansen Foundation, it is suggested the applicant apply directly to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

Application deadlines will be the first of every month.  Read more about this grant here.


112 S. Kansas, Suite 308

Norton, Kansas 67654