Grant Guidelines

All of our grant funds abide by our General Grant Guidelines, however, some funds have additional or more restrictive requirements.  Click on  the Search & Apply for a Grant page to view any additional requirements

General Grant Guidelines

Grant applications are accepted by the Greater Salina Community Foundation (GSCF) several times throughout the year.  Grants are determined by the Foundation’s grants committee.

More information about grant availability and deadlines can be found here.

Who is eligible to receive funding?
What type of support is being requested?
What kinds of requests are considered?
How will be grant be evaluated?
Additional Grant Guidelines

Who is eligible to receive funding?

Grants may be made to the following:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational, government or religious institutions
  • Individuals or organizations that do not fall into one of the above types of institutions are encouraged to partner with a fiscal agent in one of those categories.  If that is not possible, a grant may still be awarded for a charitable project, but with additional expenditure responsibility requirements as outlined in the Grant Making and Due Diligence Policy & Procedure guidelines.
  • Unless noted otherwise, grants are limited to projects or programs that benefit the community of Saline County, KS.
  • GSCF Founding Donors that are outside of Saline County, such as Bethany College and Bethany Home Association, are eligible to receiving funding from the Fund for Greater Salina. (This does not apply to our field of interest funds, which have their own geographic restrictions).

What type of support is being requested?

  • Project or program support- supports specific projects or programs that serve the community and are linked to an organization’s primary service
  • 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 better fulfill its mission, such as equipment, staff, publications, training or convening
  • Capital—supports construction or renovation of a facility
  • Endowments*- intended to be kept permanently and invested to provide income for continued support of an organization

*The grants committee can choose to grant to any of the above type of requests, however preference will be given to grants for project, seed money, or capacity building. Unless it is a specific initiative, it is unlikely that the committee would use Foundation unrestricted funds to support an Endowment project.

What kinds of requests are considered?
The Foundation considers grants that support a variety of funding opportunities including, but not limited to, projects or programs that support:

  • Arts
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Environment/Beautification
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Recreation
  • Spirituality
  • Technology
  • Youth

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.

When reviewing applications for grants from the Greater Salina Community Foundation, the following will be considered:

  • Description of the project– Is the project clearly defined and easy for someone outside of your organization to understand?
  • Definition of Need– Is there information about how the need was determined and also a clear explanation as to why the project needs to be funded at this time?
  • Project Results & Evaluation– Are the project goals/results realistic and measureable?  And is there a clear plan on how to measure success?
  • Project Budget– Is the budget reasonable for the project?  Is it clear and specific?  Do the project expenses match the project revenue?
  • Innovativeness– If this is a new or innovative project/program, does it fill a community need and is it well planned out?
  • Repeat Grant– If this is an ongoing project, or a repeat grant, does it fill an important need in the community?

Additional Grant Guidelines
All our grant funds abide by our General Grant Guidelines, however, some funds have additional or more restrictive requirements.  Click on  the links below to view any additional requirements:

Assaria Community Fund
Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund
Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education & Development
Fund for Greater Salina
Kansas Health Foundation Fund for GSCF
L.P. “Pat” Mullen Fund
Rob Schorling Memorial Fund
Salina Youth Baseball Fund
Women Helping Women Fund
YW Legacy Fund