The Greater Topeka Fund
The Greater Topeka Fund is a comprised of endowed Field of Interest Funds administered by the Topeka Community Foundation. Grant awards are made by a committee of board members and are approved by the Foundation’s board of directors.
The 1st Quarter 2020 Greater Topeka Fund application is available here. Deadline is October 31, 2019.
Eligibility and Guidelines
The Greater Topeka Fund will accept proposals from nonprofit organizations serving Shawnee County.
Grant awards are expected to be $5,000 or less. Requests exceeding that amount will be considered on a limited basis only, based on demonstrated need and the availability of funding. Organizations are eligible to receive funding from the Greater Topeka Fund only once each calendar year.
Important Funding Considerations – Awards will be determined by the quality and strength of the case presented for the identified community need. Applications which include partnership between agencies, multiple funding sources, and address specific program and project expenses are given priority. Some of the criteria that will be considered in reviewing proposals are:
- Impact: Who will be served?
- Community: Is there a demonstrated need for this program?
- Feasibility: Is the program realistic? Are there clear goals?
The Topeka Community Foundation's Greater Topeka Fund grant does not fund staff salaries, overhead costs, fundraising events, or political campaigns. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a Greater Topeka Fund Grant, please
Congratulations to the organizations who received a Greater Topeka Fund grant in 2018
Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka
Bridge of Topeka
CASA of Shawnee County
City of Topeka
Communities in Schools of Mid- America
Gil Carter Initiative
Greater Topeka Youth Partnership
Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Kansas Children's Service League
Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh
Sertoma Clubs of Topeka
Sunflower Soccer Association
Topeka Civic Theatre
Tecumseh United Methodist Church
Topeka Center for Peace & Justice
Topeka Festival Singers
Topeka Habitat for Humanity
Topeka North Outreach, Inc
TSCPL/Dolly Parton Project
Vida Eastboro Life Together
Healthy Lifestyles- for organizations serving communities outside Shawnee County
Healthy Lifestyle grants provide funding for programs/projects that directly and positively change health habits, behaviors and/or lifestyles for residents in Nemaha, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Douglas, Wabaunsee, Osage and Lyon Counties.
Grant awards are expected to be $10,000 or less. Requests exceeding that amount will be considered on a limited basis only, based on demonstrated need and the availability of funding.
Awards will be determined by the quality and strength of the case presented for the proposed need via the supporting proposal narrative and by the appropriateness of the Topeka Community Foundation as the source of funding. Applications which include collaboration between agencies are given priority. Some of the criteria that will be considered in reviewing proposals are:
Compatibility with the Topeka Community Foundation's Mission and Vision
Demonstration of need
Soundness of proposed strategies
Appropriateness of budget
The Healthy Lifestyles grant application may be found here. Deadline is October 31, 2019.