Opportunities for Giving

General Grant Guidelines

Applications for grants from the Norton County Community Foundation are sought from the general public. Grants are decided by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and are traditionally, open to a variety of community issues and target populations within Norton County. Grants may be made to 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational, government or religious institutions. Individuals or organizations that do not fall into those categories that wish to apply for a grant that is for a charitable purpose must follow expenditure responsibility as outlined in the Grant Making and Due Diligence Policy & Procedure Guidelines.

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When reviewing applications for grants from the Norton County Community Foundation, the following will be considered:

 

What type of support is being requested?
  • Project or program support- supports specific projects or programs that are often linked to an organization’s service

  • Operating or general support—supports the work of an organization from administrative expenses to program costs

  • Endowments—a permanent gift to be invested to provide income for continued support for an organization

  • Seed money—to establish or initiate a new project, program or organization. Seed money can cover salaries and other operating expenses of a new project (also known as start up funds).

  • Capacity building—activities that strengthen an organization and help it fulfill its mission either through staff and equipment, new building or renovation, publications, training and convening.

  • Capital—supports construction or renovation of a facility

 

The board can choose to grant to any of the above type of requests.

 

What opportunities are there to fund?

The Foundation also considers grants that support a variety of funding opportunities including projects or programs that support:

  • Health and Human service needs

  • Arts, including visual and performance

  • Education

  • Spirituality

  • Environment

 

Is the program or project sustainable?

The Foundation will also consider if the program, project or organization for which funding is requested is sustainable. Will the initiative continue after Foundation support ends? Do they have other ways of funding?

 

Is this a new grant request?

Although the Board will consider a request for funding that is the same or similar to a previously approved grant, preference will be given to new and innovative grant requests.

 

The Foundation will NOT consider grants to the following:
  • Political projects of any kind

  • Organizations or projects that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sex, age, or national origin

  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt

 

Any incomplete, incorrect or late applications will not be considered.

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Norton, Kansas 67654

tara@nortonccf.org

785-874-5106

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