The deadline for South Central Community Foundation grant applications is just a week away on Aug. 31.
This year, all grant applications are being done online at sccfks.org than go to the grant applications tab. Applicants have to log on and create a user name and password. Once that is done, everything else is self explanatory. Its the same questions and format as last year, said Holly Rooks, SCCF director.
Grants are available for 501(c)(3) organizations including churches, schools, city and county government. There is a $1,000 limit for applications and there is a list online of things that cannot be applied for.
For application information, call SCCF at 672-7929 and visit with Rooks or administrative assistant Sarah Rooks or go online to ed@sccfks.org.
The SCCF has more money this year for children’s health project grants. The Kansas Health Foundation previously gave funds that started an endowed fund specifically for children’s health grants, Rooks said.
The children’s health grants are available for children 18 and under.
The SCCF grant program began 25 years ago when two families donated the money to start the grant pool. The SCCF serves Pratt, Barber, Comanche, Kingman, Kiowa, Rice and Stafford Counties and each county has their own grant pool.
Two committees are responsible for determining who gets grant money. A 14 member adult committee has two members from each county in the service area. They determine just over half of the grants.
A committee of high school students form Youth Making a Difference and they get to decide the rest of the grants. There are about four students from each of the seven counties in YMAD.
Each group receives applications then they review and discuss each one to determine who gets the grant and for how much. Some of last year’s grants went to a foster closet in Kiowa County that provided diapers, formula and a high chair for rent. The Pratt County Health Department received a grant for defibrillators, Blythe Family Fitness got some exercise equipment for senior citizens and another organization got a grant to install water bottle refilling stations.
There is also group of $100 grants available for teachers. The grant money is used in the classroom for curriculum materials and project supplies.
“The teacher grants are for whatever they need in the classroom,” Rooks said.
A completely separate committee, made up of three retired teachers, determines who gets the teacher grants. Applications for teacher grants are also done entirely online.
There is also $65,500 in scholarship grants available for seniors in high school. Recipients get some of the money now and the rest next year. Scholarship grant information is available now online for the 32 scholarships but the application process doesn’t start until Jan. 1, 2020 and runs through March 15, 2020.
Scholarship grants have their own committee. Each of the scholarships has different requirements but most applicants have to be a resident of the county they are applying from, Rooks said.
This is the 25th anniversary of SCCF and they are planning a celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Park Hills Country Club. Tickets are $25 for one or $40 for two. Those interested can call SCCF or drop by their office and pickup tickets. There will be a silent auction to help cover the cost of the event that includes free beer, wine or champaign with the purchase of a ticket. Everyone is invited to attend.
There were 32 founders and six businesses that donated the funds to start the SCCF Endowment fund. Last year, SCCF gave out $550,000 in grants, scholarships and donor funds. Anyone wanting to donate to the endowment fund call 672-7929 and make arrangements.