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The Golden Belt Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization established by and for the residents of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. A dedicated Board of Directors and Founding Donors truly believe that what we do today determines tomorrow. Our mission is to work, plan, and invest today for a more secure, improved, and better tomorrow.
At $6 million in total assets, the Golden Belt Community Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grants to area organizations and projects since 2002. It is through continued gifts from citizens, corporations, and communities that the funding available for granting will continue to grow.
The Grants Committee and the Board of Directors of the Golden Belt Community
Foundation oversee and approve all awarding of grants for charitable purposes to non-profit organizations having a 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS or to eligible agencies such as governments and educational institutions. Agencies and projects must benefit the communities within the counties of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, or national origin.
Proposals are considered on the basis of how they enhance the quality of life for the residents in the Golden Belt. We fund innovative programs or projects that address problems to be solved, opportunities to be seized, or issues needing greater attention. The Foundation particularly is interested in proactive, preventative, and future-thinking proposals. Programs or projects that encourage collaboration and partnerships, are results-driven, that include an evaluation component, and that leverage other community funding will be most successful.
What We Support
The Golden Belt Community Foundation supports organizations and programs that address a wide range of community needs, including, but not limited to, health and human services, arts, services for the indigent, culture, education, youth, and the environment.
We especially are interested in initiatives that:
- Address new and emerging needs or incorporate new approaches to current needs
- Demonstrate vision, effectiveness, good management, and action for positive change
- Help non-profit organizations more effectively manage themselves and build capacity
- Address diversity
- Foster self-reliance or are prevention oriented
- Incorporate current technologies and trainings in order to educate a very large group of individuals
The Foundation looks favorably upon grant applications that include the following:
- Leverage funding from other sources
- Collaboration among agencies, resources, and individuals in order to reduce duplication of efforts and to reach many groups/individuals
- Sustainability of the program’s future without further funding from the Foundation.
- A lasting impact on the community(s) involved
- For organizations with more than one application per grant cycle, prioritization of applications based on importance of the program and need.
What We Do Not Support
The Golden Belt Community Foundation receives many more requests than it can support. A decision to decline a request does not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or valued, but simply that it does not fall within our giving guidelines or priorities, or that funds are not available.
As a standard practice, the Foundation does not make grants for the following:
- Organizations without 501(c)(3) status
- Travel by groups or individuals
- Recreational, sporting events or athletic associations
- Leisure and entertainment
- Religious activities (Religious organizations may be supported if the program or project will serve the entire community regardless of religious affiliation)
- Lobbying or any other activity of a political nature
- Endowment or to retire indebtedness
- Annual campaigns
- Operating expenses not pertaining the project/program
- Private foundations and other grant making organizations.
Generally, the Foundation does not support grants for the following:
- Travel to conferences, seminars, and workshops
- T-shirts, water bottles, and similar items
- Identical projects/programs that have already been funded by a grant made by the Foundation (this does not include applications that use previously funded grants as foundations for growth of a project/program).
Our Review Process
When we receive your completed grant application, the staff evaluates it for conformity with guidelines. Qualified proposals then are presented to the Grants Committee for consideration.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation wants you to put your best foot forward when applying, and therefore are happy to help you with questions, concerns, and clarifications throughout the application process. If you are unsure of a program idea, budget item, or anything else regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-792-3000.
Applying For A Grant
Beginning in January 2011, the Golden Belt Community Foundation will accept applications from eligible entities at any time during the year. Applications received will be reviewed according to the following schedule:
Applications Received By
Reviewed by Committee and Approved by Board of Directors*
Grants Awarded On or Before
* Committee and Board meeting dates are subject to change.