Apply for a Grant

The Hillsboro Community Foundation (HCF), an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF), was established to promote and facilitate charitable giving in support of project/programs that enhance the quality of life in Hillsboro, Kansas.

The 2019 Hillsboro Community Foundation Grant cycle aims to support organizations with project/programs that directly impact the community of Hillsboro. The project/program should be designed to meet a need or enhance Hillsboro. Approximately $19,500 in grant monies are available for distribution this year through the Hillsboro Community Foundation Grant cycle. The Hillsboro Impact Fund has approximately $13,000 available for the purpose of supporting charitable project/programs that benefit those in the Hillsboro community. The Kansas Health Foundation Fund-Hillsboro has approximately $6,500 to underwrite solutions to local health issues and for the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals and their communities through the encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments.

Applications must be submitted online @


All submissions are subject to the process, procedures, and rules of both the Hillsboro Community Foundation and Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Upon review by the HCF Grant Selection Committee, additional information may be requested for clarification.

Grant Award Ceremony will take place on February 1, 2019

Criteria for Funding Proposals

Who can apply?

Qualified applicants must possess a 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service code, be exempt under statute (i.e. educational institution, church, city, or county), or be formally linked to an organization with such designation. Management of the organization should be in the hands of reliable, ethical, and experienced personnel. If the organization was funded in the previous year they MUST submit a follow-up report. Grants may not be awarded retroactively for project/programs. Please ensure that the project/program will not occur until after grants are estimated to be made. If the project/program has already happened or will happen prior to when grants will be made, it is not eligible. The project/program must be completed by November 1, 2019, unless other considerations are shared prior to project/program completion.

Which project/programs will be given priority in funding?

  • Need Project/programs where there is an evident need and the organization is in a key position to meet that need.
  • Feasibility – Project/programs that present a well-thought-out strategy for achieving goals with a cost-effective budget.
  • Collaboration – Project/programs that utilize resources to optimize shared goals of multiple organizations.
  • Effective Organizations – Project/programs that expand or improve the services of established organizations.
  • Outcomes Measurement – Project/programs with reasonable and effective measurement or evaluation tools to demonstrate impact of outcomes.
  • Innovation – Project/programs that represent new and promising approaches to unmet community needs.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact

Virginia Martens, HCF Director, at or 620-947-0170, or
Brenda Sooter, CKCF Program Officer-Grants, at or 316-283-5474.