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Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund


The Dane G. Hansen Foundation initiated a grant opportunity in March 2015 with Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation as an avenue to financially help support charitable activities in Northwest Kansas. With this funding, 12 county-wide funds have been established, allocating grant funds to each to be used for projects benefiting the counties and/or communities within. As such, Graham County Community Foundation receives $50,000 in "pass-through" funds annually to award grants in Graham County.  

Qualifying Applicants

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and Educational, Governmental, and Religious Institutions. Grants are not made to individuals or businesses.

Please note – there are many nonprofit organizations that fall under a different IRS tax code that are not eligible.  Please look into this prior to filling out your application.

Grantmaking Criteria​

  • Grants can address:

    • Education: Enhances the learning environment and expands opportunities for students. Provides increased self-reliance on personal life skills and workforce capability.

    • Health Care: Ensures access to quality health care services and promotes healthy life practices.

    • Community Social Services & Security: Enhance access to social services needed for individuals of special needs and support systems to provide community disaster relief and general community emergencies.

    • Conservation & Environment: Support efforts to improve and maintain high air and water quality, appreciation for our natural environment and enhances economic and social benefits of outdoor resources.

    • Arts & Culture: Provide cultural and artistic opportunities to enhance the quality of life for local residents and to encourage tourism and the exchange of ideas.

    • Community Beautification: Support efforts to improve and maintain public spaces to enhance community pride and encourage socialization among residents.

  • Preference will be given to applications that include community involvement and volunteerism.

  • Grants shall not be used to reduce or replace regular budgetary needs for programs or projects that are tax-supported.

  • Grants are not awarded for endowment or general operating expenses.

  • There is no maximum on grant requests; however, if the request is for significant dollars (more than $10,000), covers multiple counties within the service area, is a multi-year request, or for a project that was previously funded directly by the Hansen Foundation, it is suggested that the applicant apply directly to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.


Application Process

  • Applications must be received, complete with all items, through the online grant application link. Applications  for the next grant round will open August 1, 2024 are due September 30, 2024

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