Dane G. Hansen Foundation Strategic Initiative

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 Amount
Grant Overview & Eligibility Requirements
Technical Assistance
Existing Community Plans/Initiatives

Grant Cycle Timeline:

  • 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.

Grant Amount:

  • 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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:

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.

Technical Assistance

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.

Existing Community Plans/Initiatives

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.

For more information contact:

Jessica Martin
Grants & Scholarships Coordinator
(785) 823-1800