Available Grants

Available Grants

Fund for Reno County

The Fund for Reno County is the unrestricted grantmaking fund that allows Hutchinson Community Foundation to address the ever-changing needs of the community. The year-round application cycle allows Foundation representatives—board members, community representatives, and staff—to regularly hear directly from the community about innovative solutions and critical needs in our communities and select programs to support.

Some of the grants are small but mighty, while others are large and far-reaching. Each represents an innovative approach or collaboration, a new efficiency for an established organization, a critical need that requires “just in time” funding, or an opportunity that needs just a bit of local support to leverage great resources for our community.

The Strategic Impact Committee accepts proposals year-round, with 2022 applications deadlines and notifications made on the following dates:

Due dates                                                       Notification dates

Dec. 15, 2021                                                              Jan. 18, 2022

Feb. 8, 2022                                                              March 15, 2022

April 19, 2022                                                            May 17, 2022

June 21, 2022                                                            July 19, 2022

Aug. 23, 2022                                                           Sept. 20, 2022

Oct. 18 , 2022                                                            Nov. 15, 2022

Follow the links below to download guidelines and application.  

Community groups who do not have a 501(c)(3) status may apply for grants if another tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsor. In such cases, the following form must be completed and submitted with the group’s application.

Changemakers at Work

Changemakers at Work grants make a big difference in Reno County Communities. Funds for these grants come from the Fund for Reno County, and support projects that:

  • Bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit through volunteer work or community-building efforts.
  • Connect people to the environment around them in new ways to increase community pride and identity.
  • Build on our communities’ assets and unique qualities through placemaking.

The 2021 cycle is closed. To review 2021 application materials, click on the links below.


Contact Sarah Blake at 620-663-5293 or Sarah@HutchCF.org with questions.

Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund

The Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund of the Hutchinson Community Foundation is a resource for Reno County nonprofits that strengthen our community in the areas of arts and culture; education, with an emphasis on early childhood development; and health, with an emphasis on substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation, mental health, and disability supports.

The 2021 cycle is closed. To review the 2021 guidelines and application, click on the links below.

2021 Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund Grant Guidelines

2021 Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund Application

Youth Philanthropy Council

The Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) is a youth-led grantmaking program designed to involve Reno County students in philanthropy. YPC members from high schools across the county are recruited to:

  • Identify and prioritize needs for youth in our community
  • Establish criteria for the selection of youth-focused grant proposals
  • Review grant proposals
  • Make final decisions on which proposals to fund
  • Award the grants

Each spring the YPC distributes approximately $3,000 in grants which come from the Richard W. Dillon Memorial Fund for Youth Philanthropy. The Dillon family established the fund to honor Dick Dillon as a tribute to the extensive philanthropic work he was responsible for in the Hutchinson and Reno County communities.

The 2021 cycle is closed. To review the 2021 guidelines and application, click on the link below.

2021 Youth Philanthropy Council Grant Application and Guidelines

Contact Sarah Blake at 620-663-5293 with questions.

John R. & Bethene S. Rimmer Fund for Early Childhood Education & Enrichment

The John & Bethene Rimmer Fund supports children enrolled in preschool through second grade who are in need of basic items for academic success. This endowed fund provides a permanent legacy for the Rimmers and valuable assistance to many students and families in Reno County.

Grants are available each fall to 19 Reno County elementary schools, the Reno County Head Start program, and the Early Education Center. Community Foundation staff will contact schools each fall about their grant award. 

Rally Reno Nonprofit Response

As the impacts of COVID-19, social distancing, and the stay-at-home order continue to reach far and wide in our community, Hutchinson Community Foundation and United Way of Reno County know that our nonprofits have unmet needs. They have combined funds to create a Rally Reno Nonprofit Response Fund to stabilize or expand nonprofits’ capacity to continue providing services and meeting their missions.

Organizations can apply at RallyReno.org with a simple application describing how their organization is feeling the impact of COVID-19, what they need grant funds to address, and how they intend to spend the funds. A joint committee of community leaders will review applications and award grants weekly, so funding decisions should be made within two weeks of request. We have also removed all formal reporting requirements from these grants so that organizations can focus on the work at hand.

The fund is depleted. If more grant funds become available, applications will again be accepted. Read more about the grants received here

Capital Builders Program

In our ongoing efforts to increase nonprofit capacity, resilience, and sustainability in Reno County, Hutchinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for select nonprofit staffs and boards in 2020.

We have partnered with Jenna Goodman and Nancy Jackson of Lawrence-based Generous Change to offer an eight-month Capital Builders Program, during which five to seven Reno County nonprofits will be chosen as a cohort focused on developing and executing a fundraising plan.

The Capital Builders cycle has closed. Follow the links below to review the 2020 guidelines and application.

2020 Capital Builders Program Request for Proposals

2020 Capital Builders Program Application

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If you have questions or want to learn more about grants, please contact:

Kari Mailloux, Director of Strategic Initiatives


Sarah Blake, Program Officer