Welcome to LeadingAge Kansas' Grants Clearinghouse! This list is a sampling of grants and funders that are available in Kansas, have a special focus on education, or have a special focus on aging issues. Visit our Grant Tips Page to learn more about writing grants and access links to do a more in-depth grant search.

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Description/Priorities Grant Deadlines

Community Foundations

The Hansen Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for the people of Northwest Kansas to enjoy the highest possible quality of life. The Hansen Foundation will consider proposals which address our mission values. Including:

  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Economic Development
  • Community Social Services & Security
  • Generational Programs
  • Conservation & Environment
Varies depending on RFP

Dane Hansen Foundation
Logan, Kansas

The Hansen Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for the people of Northwest Kansas to enjoy the highest possible quality of life. The Hansen Foundation will consider proposals which address our mission values. Including:
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Economic Development
  • Community Social Services & Security
  • Generational Programs
  • Conservation & Environment
Varies depending on RFP

Kansas Department of Commerce Community Block Grant Program
Topeka, Kansas

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties looking to improve their community. To receive funds, a project must meet at least one of the following federally mandated criteria:

  • The project benefits low- and moderate-income individuals.
  • The project removes or prevents slum or blight condition.
  • The project eliminates an urgent need created by a disaster when local funds are unavailable.

Kansas Department of Commerce Community Tax Credit Program
Topeka, Kansas

Each year since 1994, the Kansas Community Service Program (CSP) has given nonprofit organizations a way to improve their ability to undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects. This year, $4.1 million of tax credit has been allocated and will be awarded to selected nonprofit organizations to offer Kansas tax credits for contributions made to approved projects. Information Released in January each year and deadlines are generally the first of May of the same year.

Kansas Electric Cooperatives
Topeka, Kansas

The RED Leg program provides up to $740,000 that can be borrowed by local organizations.  (20% match required. Payback is over 10 years at 0% interest.) Programs works through the USDA Rural Development.  Irrevocable letter of credit from bank is required.  Loan is graded and scored. You need to add employees. Initial application is through the local electric or telephone coop. Varies

Kansas Health Foundation
Wichita, Kansas

The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. To be effective, we must focus our work. The Kansas Health Foundation is committed to supporting strategies that will make Kansas a healthier place in the long run instead of funding temporary fixes for immediate health problems. Our five focus areas are:

  • Promoting the healthy behaviors of Kansans
  • Strengthening the public health system
  • Growing community philanthropy
  • Providing health data and information to policymakers
  • Building civic leadership
Depends on the RFP

Kansas Health Foundation Impact and Capacity Grants Initiative 
Wichita, Kansas

The Impact and Capacity Grants Initiative replaces the Recognition Grant Program, to fund efforts that align with the KHF goal of reducing health disparities. The Impact and Capacity Grants Initiative is focused on two categories — impact grants (work in key health impact areas) or capacity-building grants (to build nonprofit capacity to address health disparities).  This is an open application process, starting February 1, 2017, and is open through September 15, 2017, or until all 2017 funds are awarded.  Grants are limited to a maximum of $25,000 and one grant award per year. 

February 1 through September 15 of each year.  Open until all funds are awarded.

Reach Healthcare Foundation
Kansas City, Kansas

The REACH Healthcare Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to improving access and quality of health care for poor and medically underserved individuals through financial support of programs and initiatives. Grants available from the foundation:

  • Program
  • Core Operating
  • Policy/Advocacy
  • Capacity
  • Discretionary
Depends on program

Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)
Chicago, Illinois

Retirement Research Foundation Grant Opportunities

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is devoted to improving the quality of life for older adults, especially those who are vulnerable due to advanced age, economic disadvantage or disparity related to race and ethnicity.

RRF fulfills its mission through grant-making programs which support innovative advocacy, direct service, professional education and training, and research projects that benefit older Americans.

RFF accepts grant requests for projects that improve quality of life for older Americans through direct service, advocacy, education and research.

Direct Service Grants are awarded to projects that:

  • Increase the availability and effectiveness of comprehensive community programs designed to maintain older persons in their homes
  • Provide supportive services to older persons in residential settings, such as congregate living facilities, group homes and assisted living facilities
  • Improve the quality of nursing home care
  • Coordinate the provision of acute- and long-term care for older persons with chronic conditions by supporting efforts that provide continuity of care, prevention, early intervention and client education
  • Provide new and expanded opportunities for older adults to engage in meaningful roles in society such as employment and volunteerism

To be eligible for Direct Service Grant, applicants must be:

  • Tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; OR non-profit organizations that are not required to have a 501(c)(3) designation, such as state-funded universities
  • Located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin or Florida
  • Looking to develop, test and implement direct service programs or expand existing programs that have a significant focus on older adults

The Retirement Research Foundation acknowledges the time and effort needed to submit a proposal and invites interested applicants to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

This step is optional, but may offer valuable feedback as you prepare a full proposal.

An LOI may be emailed to [email protected] as a Word or PDF attachment. To allow enough time for feedback, please submit LOIs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

  • Response grants: February 1, May 1, and August 1
  • Organizational Capacity Grants: February 1, May 1, and August 1.
  • Accessible Faith Grants: June 1

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ

Our efforts focus on fostering environments that promote health and on improving how health care in America is delivered and paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families.
Our work is guided by a fundamental premise: we are stewards of private funds that must be used in the public's interest. Our greatest asset isn't our endowment; it's the way we help to create leverage for comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.

We create leverage by building and sharing evidence, new ideas, and expertise. We promote change through partnerships and collaboration, with the goal of building a culture of health for all Americans.

Varies upon on RFP

Sunflower Foundation
Topeka, Kansas

Areas of Interest:
  • Health Care and Access
  • Healthy Living
  • Advocacy

Sunflower's request for proposal process and focus varies throughout the year. Visit their webpage and sign up for announcements to stay updated on the latest RFP.

Varies upon on RFP

The SCAN Foundation
Longbeach, California

The SCAN Foundation is an independent, charitable organization whose mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigable system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. We envision a society where older adults can access health care and supportive services of their choosing to meet their needs. We do this work by advancing three goals that work to fulfill our mission:

  • Integrate care and financing for vulnerable, low-income older adults;
  • Support models of care that value dignity, choice, and independence by putting individuals and their families at the center of the decision-making process; and
  • Create a viable set of options that will enable working families to pay for future long-term care needs.
Varies depending on RFP

United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
Hutchinson, Kansas

Healthy Kansans through cooperative and strategic philanthropy guided by Christian principles. The critical needs in today's world vividly illustrate the obligations, as well as the privileges, of our Christian life. On behalf of the more than 400 United Methodist churches in the western two-thirds of the state, we are steadfastly dedicated to the extension of health, healing, and wholeness to all people in all stations of life. The Fund's priorities include:

  • Open to All: Affordable, Accessible Health Care for all Kansans
  • Fit for Kansas Kids: Calling Communities to Action
  • Ready for Life and Learning: Healthy Social & Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Depends on program and RFP

USDA Rural Development Community Facility Program
Washington, DC

Community Facilities Programs provide loans, grant and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to health care (including nursing homes), education and public safety projects. Typical projects are hospitals, health clinics, schools, fire houses, community centers and many other community based initiatives. Visit the following links for more information and assistance in utilizing these funding sources: