Available Grants

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.

To be considered for selection to the cohort, we are issuing a request for proposals, to be submitted by noon Oct. 23, 2019. Selections will be announced at our Fund for Hutchinson Grant Awards program at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019, at the Crystal Ballroom at the Burt, 3 W. Ave. B.

Follow the links below to learn more about the program and guidelines and to review the application.

2020 Capital Builders Program Request for Proposals

2020 Capital Builders Program Application

Available Grants

Fund for Hutchinson

The Fund for Hutchinson is the unrestricted grantmaking fund that allows Hutchinson Community Foundation to address the ever-changing needs of the community. The annual fall application process represents the time of year the Foundation representatives—board members, community representatives, and staff—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 Fund for Hutchinson grant cycle opens in June and closes in late August. To view the 2019 guidelines, apply or register for a technical assistance workshop, click on the links below.

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.

Make it Greater Grants

Make it Greater grants make a big difference in Reno County Communities. Funds for these grants come from the Fund for Hutchinson, 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.

Grants for 2019 have been awarded. The 2020 cycle will open in January. To review the 2019 guidelines and application, 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.

Grants for 2019 have been awarded. The cycle for 2020 will open in December. You may review the 2019 guidelines and application below.

2019 Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund Grant Guidelines

2019 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.

Grants for 2019 have been awarded. The 2020 cycle opens in December. Click on the link below to review the 2019 guidelines and application.

2019 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. 

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

Kari Mailloux, Program Officer


Sarah Blake, Program Associate