The Greater Salina Community Foundation is partnering with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to build stronger communities through strategic initiative grantmaking.
Grant Cycle Timeline
Grant Overview & Eligibility Requirements
Existing Community Plans/Initiatives
- Letters of Intent will be accepted starting February 1, 2017
- Letters of Intent are due March 31, 2017
The Community Foundation will notify applicants on the status of their proposals by April 30, 2017. Proposals that advance in the process will receive further instructions at that time.
All grants will be awarded in mid to late June, 2017.
- Grants will range from $20,000-$60,000 and can be multi-year for up to 3 years.
All applicants will need to complete a letter of intent through our online system. Click on “Apply for a Grant,” on the right to get started. Use access code “GSCF” to apply.
The vision of this new initiative is “to have a fully invested and engaged community through the creation of vibrant and safe neighborhoods that demonstrate smart and sustainable growth to impact underserved populations.” This vision was created by a diverse group of local community members representing multiple sectors of the Greater Salina area. These members participated in a community convening session held at the Community Foundation where an outside facilitator hosted a discussion about current community efforts, needs, opportunities and resources.
This new initiative also embraces the motto, “Together, we are better,” and encourages collaboration across multiple sectors in our community- arts, education, economic development, social services, etc… By working together and utilizing each other’s strengths and resources, a larger impact can be achieved.
- Grants are made only to charitable organizations or causes with a 501(c)(3) status, or to government, religious, or educational institutions serving a charitable purpose.
- Geographically, funding is limited to projects that will significantly improve the greater Salina area in Saline County, KS.
Applications will be considered for projects that:
- Advance the vision of the community convening group “to have a fully invested and engaged community through the creation of vibrant and safe neighborhoods that demonstrate smart and sustainable growth to impact underserved populations.”
- Demonstrate collaborative planning and execution among multiple organizations where targeted audiences are part of the process.
- Provide seed money for a long-term community betterment project or expand existing, high performing programs.
- Demonstrate significant community impact through measurable results and strong evaluation method.
- Engage and demonstrate community buy-in from underserved populations through community outreach (See Technical Assistance note).
- Include evidence of strong community support through a broad base of volunteers and donors (ex: public/private partnership).
- Have an achievable plan to sustain the program well beyond the grant period.
Funding will be most favorably considered for proposals that:
- Include community involvement and volunteerism, especially from those impacted by the request.
- Address needs already identified in existing community plans or organization strategic plans.
- Are positioned to leverage additional resources and support.
The Community Foundation will not consider:
- Grants to reduce or replace budgetary needs for programs or projects that are tax supported.
- Grants to endowment or general operational expenses for existing programs.
- Grants to individuals.
- Projects not serving residents of Saline County, KS.
The Community Foundation will provide technical assistance dollars to organizations to facilitate community outreach to help engage underserved populations and make sure that representatives of all stakeholder groups are “at the table.
Below is a list of regional community plans and initiatives with identified community needs and strategies to address those needs. Please note that this list is not exclusive and that the Community Foundation is not aware of every existing plan. If there is a community plan or initiative not listed, please share it with the Foundation or identify it in your application.
- City of Salina 2010 Comprehensive Plan (Full)
- Proposed STAR Bond, Tax Increment Financing & Community Improvement Districts Project Plan (Downtown Redevelopment)
- Live Salina: A Strategic Housing Plan, November 2015 Draft
- North Salina Community Development Plans
- Salina Area United Way Priorities- Results
- Salina Area United Way- Work & Programs
- Salina Area United Way Community Conversations
- Salina Arts & Humanities Commission Cultural Assessment & Strategic Plan 2008-2013 (Full)
- 2015 Saline County Health Assessment (Full)
- Smoky Hill River Renewal Master Plan
- Smoky Hill River Renewal- Economic Analysis (Summary)
- USD 305 Initiatives
- USD 305 Strategic Plan
For more information contact:
Grants & Scholarships Coordinator