WKCF to offer grants

Western Kansas Community Foundation (WKCF) will be providing urgent needs grants in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The grants will be made to eligible nonprofits from a newly established Urgent Needs Fund within the Foundation.

WKCF will begin accepting applications May 1. Grants will be made on a rolling basis, and continue while funds last.

“The Urgent Needs Fund was created to assist nonprofits whose work is being directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” WKCF’s Executive Director Conny Bogaard said. “While the initial priority is to address immediate needs, additional funds will be released in the next months as fundraising continues. WKCF has the systems in place to help western Kansas communities and we hope others feel inclined to do the same.”

Nonprofits are encouraged to submit their grant applications online through the WKCF website at wkcf.org.

The grants will support agencies that have a defined role in short-term or long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services, including food distribution, shelter, health care, education and economic assistance. These nonprofits also need the capacity themselves to grow their services and meet these needs.

“Nonprofits have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis”, Stacie Hahn, WKCF’s program and marketing director said. “As programs and fundraising events have been canceled, nonprofits lose a vital income stream. WKCF has conducted a needs assessment survey which shows that agencies need unrestricted dollars fast to continue their work to help individuals and families affected by the crisis.”

WKCF together with funding partners at the Finnup Foundation and Finney County United Way, are committed to pulling resources and adapt to evolving community needs, especially to support gaps not covered by state or federal relief funding. One hundred percent of contributions to the Urgent Needs Fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations in WKCF’s 15 county service area.

Several donors have contributed to the fund, including Dr. Luther and Ardis Fry, Black Hills Energy, Pioneers Communications and KellerLeopold.

To learn more about the grant application process and making donations to the Urgent Needs Fund please visit the WKCF website at www.wkcf.org, or call the office at 620-271-9484.