Butler County Times Gazette
  • Community Foundation opens 2013 competitive grant cycle

  • The foundation continues to be the vehicle for donors wishing to improve the quality of life in Butler County.
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  • The 2013 competitive grant and scholarship cycle at the Central Kansas Community Foundation – Butler County an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation is now open. Applicants are encouraged to go to www.ckcf-bc.org.
    Chancy Gerbitz, Chair, of Central Kansas Community Foundation – Butler County advisory board revealed that the Butler County affiliate had another successful grant making year. In 2012 they distributed over $60,000 in grants and scholarships. The foundation continues to be the vehicle for donors wishing to improve the quality of life in Butler County.
    The Community Foundation of Central Kansas – Butler County is the local leader in community philanthropy for the entire county of Butler. The Community Foundation has been a force in providing a variety of leadership roles that include being an advocate for philanthropy, a community convener, an endowment builder, and for several years, a competitive grant maker.
    The competitive grant cycle is now officially open to qualifying 501 (c) (3) organizations and other qualifying entities for general grant categories that include: 1. Arts and Culture; 2. Community Preservation and Revitalization; 3. Health and Human Services; & 4. Animal Welfare.
    Please see the Community Foundation website, www.ckcf-bc.org , for all the details. Baur is also available to answer questions regarding the general grant cycle, as well as the scholarship funds. The grant and scholarship cycle will close on March 29, 2013 unless noted with an earlier deadline. Notification of awards will go out no later than April 30, 2013.
    To celebrate, the Community Foundation will host an Annual Awards Banquet on June 8, 2013 at Vornado Air, Andover, KS. Angie Baur, Associate Director CKCF, commented “over the past fours I have been involved the applications that have come during the application cycle, truly represent key community needs.” Baur went on to say, “As our foundation grows, our ability to give more in grants and scholarships is made possible.” Matching donors with qualified recipients is a dream job. In addition to matching the funding needs, the event is also a great way for recipients to meet the actual donors that make their grant or scholarship possible. The banquet allows for this important exchange between donors and recipients.
    Want to ensure the Community Impact Endowment grows? Consider making a donation in the name of the Community Impact Endowment today. Your contribution will be matched at a 50% rate by the Kansas Health Foundation due to a challenge grant the community foundation has been awarded. There truly isn’t a better time to give. Additionally, note the Augusta Community Foundation and the Whitewater Community Foundation, both affiliates of the CKCF - BC also manage Community Impact Endowments. If you want your gifts to go direct to those Butler County Communities, make note on your gift.
    You may send checks to Central Kansas Community Foundation - Butler County, Butler County Community Impact Endowment, 301 N. Main, Suite 200, Newton, KS 67114.

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