Greater Topeka Fund & Healthy Lifestyles Grants

The Greater Topeka Fund

The Greater Topeka Fund is a comprised of endowed Field of Interest Funds administered by the Topeka Community Foundation. Grant awards are made by a committee of board members and are approved by the Foundation’s board of directors.

The committee will meet quarterly to review applications and make allocation decisions.  The 2018 application deadlines are as follows, or as long as funds are available:

January 31, 2018

April 30, 2018

July 31, 2018

October 31, 2018

The third quarter deadline is July 31, 2018. 

Download the budget form here: GreaterTopekaFund2018Budgetform.docx

The application is available HERE

 

Eligibility and Guidelines

The Greater Topeka Fund will accept proposals from nonprofit organizations serving Shawnee County.

Grant awards are expected to be $5,000 or less. Requests exceeding that amount will be considered on a limited basis only, based on demonstrated need and the availability of funding. Organizations are eligible to receive funding from the Greater Topeka Fund only once each calendar year.

Important Funding Considerations – Awards will be determined by the quality and strength of the case presented for the identified community need. Applications which include partnership between agencies, multiple funding sources, and address specific program and project expenses are given priority. Some of the criteria that will be considered in reviewing proposals are:

  • Impact: Who will be served?
  • Community: Is there a demonstrated need for this program?
  • Feasibility: Is the program realistic? Are there clear goals?

The Topeka Community Foundation's Greater Topeka Fund grant does not fund staff salaries, overhead costs, fundraising events, or political campaigns. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a Greater Topeka Fund Grant, please contact us .


Healthy Lifestyles- for organizations serving communities outside Shawnee County

Healthy Lifestyle grants provide funding for programs/projects that directly and positively change health habits, behaviors and/or lifestyles for residents in Nemaha, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Douglas, Wabaunsee, Osage and Lyon Counties.

Grant awards are expected to be $25,000 or less. Requests exceeding that amount will be considered on a limited basis only, based on demonstrated need and the availability of funding.

Guidelines

Awards will be determined by the quality and strength of the case presented for the proposed need via the supporting proposal narrative and by the appropriateness of the Topeka Community Foundation as the source of funding. Applications which include collaboration between agencies are given priority. Some of the criteria that will be considered in reviewing proposals are: 

  • Compatibility with the Topeka Community Foundation's Mission and Vision

  •  Demonstration of need

  •  Soundness of proposed strategies

  •  Resource efficiency

  •  Appropriateness of budget 

  • Accountability/Evaluation

The committee will meet quarterly to review applications and make allocation decisions.  The 2018 application deadlines are as follows, or as long as funds are available:

January 31, 2018

April 30, 2018

July 31, 2018

October 31, 2018

The third quarter Healthy Lifestyles grant application deadline is July 31, 2018.

Download the budget form here: HealthyLifestylesRFPBudgetForm2018.docx

The application is available HERE.