Search & Apply for a Grant

We want to make it easy for you to find the appropriate grant fund.
Please read each fund’s guidelines to align your project with the right potential funding resource.



General Grant Guidelines

Click on the fund names to learn more.

SHCF Grants – Fall Grant Cycle


SHCF Grants – Spring Grant Cycle

 

Other Grant Cycles

Ellsworth County Cancer Fund (Applications available July 15 through June 1)
The purpose of the Ellsworth County Cancer Fund is to provide funds to qualified individuals to cover expenses related to the treatment of cancer.

USD 112 Central Plains Fund
Click on the fund name to learn more.

USD 327 Student Benefit Fund
Click on the fund name to learn more.

*Available funds are offered each cycle until all have been expended for the current fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.

Grant checks will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the grant application deadline. Grants will not be awarded to projects that occur within the 6-8 weeks following the application deadline. Applicants will be notified via email if they have been approved or denied for funding.


HOW TO APPLY

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation makes it easy for you to apply for a grant online. Please read the instructions below before beginning an application. All SHCF grant applications should be made online unless otherwise noted.

STEP 1: REVIEW ELIGIBILITY, GUIDELINES & DEADLINES

  • Each competitive grant fund the Community Foundation manages has its own guidelines for eligibility, application and deadlines for submission of proposals.
  • A few of our funds have rolling deadlines; most accept applications only at certain times of the year.
  • Applicants are required to read the general grant guidelines and specific fund guidelines before starting an application.
  • Click on Apply for a Grant to the right.

STEP 2: CREATE AN ACCOUNT

  • Select one login email address/password to be used for all your submissions.
  • Provide the email address of the person ultimately responsible for the grant administration. SHCF will communicate all pertinent information to this email address.

STEP 3: COMPLETE THE ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION

STEP 4: COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WILL REVIEW YOUR APPLICATION

Your grant application is reviewed by the fund advisory committee, followed by a recommendation for funding to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. During this process, our staff may contact you for more information.

STEP 5: FINAL GRANT DECISIONS ARE MADE

You will be notified by email if your organization received full or partial funding or in some cases, if funding has been denied. Decisions are typically made within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.

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