Butler County Times Gazette
  • Community Foundation opens Competitive grant cycle

  • Applicants are encouraged to go to Apply Now at www.centralkansascf.org
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  • The 2014 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 Apply Now at www.centralkansascf.org.
    In 2013 the Butler County affiliate distributed over $70,000 in grants and scholarships. The foundation continues to be the vehicle for donors wishing to improve the quality of life in Butler County and a resource to charities serving our communities.
    The Butler County Competitive Grant cycle is now officially open to qualifying 501 (c) (3) organizations and other qualifying entities for genera grant categories that include: 1. Arts and Culture; 2. Community Preservation and Revitalization; 3. Health and Human Services; and 4. Animal Welfare. Plus the El Dorado Prairie Port Events grant cycle is also open.
    Please see the Community Foundation Web site, www.centralkansascf.org, for all the details. Chancy Gerbitz, program director, is available to answer questions regarding the general grant cycle, as well as the scholarship funds. The grant and scholarship cycle will close on March 31 unless noted with an earlier deadline. Notification of awards will go out no later than April 30.
    To celebrate, the Community Foundation will host an Annual Awards Banquet on June 7 in Douglass.
    Angie Baur, associate director CKCF, said, “The affiliate model is taking hold in Butler County. We now have local town affiliates in Augusta, Whitewater and Douglass with El Dorado set to formalize later in March.”
    She went on to say, “Local and county-wide grant opportunities are available thanks to generous donors.”
    Go to the Web site or contact Gerbitz for more information on eligibility.
    The Community Foundation of Central Kansas – Butler County is a 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.
    Those who want to be a part of ensuring the future of the community can send checks to Central Kansas Community Foundation - Butler County, Butler County Community Impact Endowment, 301 N. Main, Suite 200, Newton, KS 67114.
    Central Kansas Community Foundation - Butler County, previously known as the Community Foundation of Greater Butler County, was founded in 2001: by local people, for local people. Their mission is to assist donors in building a permanent pool of assets for the people, organizations and causes in the Greater Butler County area. On July 21, 2010 the foundation became an Affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, based in Newton.
    Those interested in making Butler County a stronger community can contact the Community Foundation staff to discuss donor options, volunteer opportunities and other asset and gift acceptance options at 316-283-5474 or angie@centralkansascf.org.

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