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Recognition Grants

Recognition Grant Guidelines 

Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of organizations throughout the state. While the majority of the Foundation’s funding is through invited proposals, the Recognition Grants program is designed to fund unsolicited requests. It is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans.  

In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental (PSE) transformations that support health. PSE initiatives that affect all aspects of health, including social factors that contribute to a healthy population may be considered. Funding may be used to support the following activities of the proposed initiative: strategic communication, coalition building, data collection to inform or support an initiative, or non-lobbying advocacy actions.

Recognition Grants are grants of up to $25,000 per organization. Using a competitive process, the Foundation will award as much as $2 million annually to Recognition Grant projects. Application deadlines are March 15 and September 15 each year. In the event these deadlines fall on a weekend, applications will not be due until the next business day. 

Please see the links below to access pre-recorded webinars that provide an overview of the Recognition Grants program and instructions on how to complete the online application process.

Overview of Recognition Grant Program
Overview of Online Application Process

Application deadlines: March 15 and September 15.

Organizations Must Be

  • Classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), a government entity or a church (there are some exclusions, please see restrictions below)
  • Located within the state of Kansas.
  • Not a previous recipient of a Recognition Grant within the calendar year

Non-Eligible Projects

  • Medical research
  • Contributions to capital campaigns
  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • Construction projects, real estate acquisitions, or endowments, not part of a Foundation-initiated program
  • Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945(d)(1)
  • Activities supporting political candidates or voter registrations drives, as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(2)
  • Vehicles, such as vans or busses
  • Medical equipment
  • Direct mental health services
  • Direct medical services
  • Grants to individuals
  • Annual fund drives
  • Fundraising events

Review Criteria

An independent review committee made up of Kansans from all walks of life who live in different areas of the state evaluate all of the grant applications received in each Recognition Grant cycle. There are many factors and questions that we consider when deciding which projects to fund. They include:

  • Does this proposal involve any of the Foundation’s exclusions listed previously?
  • Does this proposal address a significant community health problem that is defined in a clear and compelling way?
  • Are the outcomes of the project clear, measurable and reasonable?
  • Are the activities planned to address the health problem clear and align logically with the need?
  • Is the budget appropriate for the planned activities?
  • If your proposal requires/involves adult volunteers or paid staff to interact with minors, will you perform background checks on those service positions?
  • If your proposal requires/involves adult volunteers or paid staff to interact with minors have you provided a copy of your background check policy?
  • Does the applicant organization have the capacity to carry out the project’s activities and achieve the defined outcomes?
  • If the total cost of the project exceeds the amount of money requested from the Kansas Health Foundation, have commitments from other funding sources been secured to cover the remaining costs?
  • How does this project rank when compared with other applications received during the funding cycle?

Deadlines and Restrictions

  • All applications must be submitted online to the Kansas Health Foundation by 5 p.m. on the due date. Deadlines are firm, except in the case when the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. In that case, applications will be due by 5 p.m. the next working day.
  • The Kansas Health Foundation does not provide Recognition Grant funding to private foundations and Internal Revenue Code Section 509(a)(3) organizations.
  • Your organization’s IRS tax exempt status and filing of a current Federal information return (990, 990-EZ or 990-N) will be verified through the IRS database, with the exception of churches and government entities.  We will also check your organization’s status with the Kansas Secretary of State.  Prior to submitting your online application, you may check your organization’s IRS status at and your Secretary of State Business Entity Search status at
  • 990-N Grantseekers: If funding is approved, organizations should be aware that the funds provided by the Kansas Health Foundation could potentially tip small organizations into Internal Revenue Service (IRS) private foundation status. Organizations should seek legal and/or accounting counsel before applying for a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. For more information, please see: Publication 557/Private Foundations and Public Charities.
  • If your organization has not yet completed a tax year as a registered 501(c)(3), you must wait to apply for a Recognition Grant until you have filed a Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-N. Unfortunately, we cannot accept internally produced financial statements for the prior or current year in place of a completed Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-N.
  • Grants are for amounts up to $25,000.  The Foundation wants to support as many programs across the state as possible; therefore, smaller requests are encouraged.
  • If we have any questions regarding your application we may contact you for additional information.
  • Grant announcements will be sent by June 1 and December 1 each year; approvals and denials will be sent electronically via e-mail. (Please note: There are no reporting requirements on Recognition Grants)
  • If your organization's project is approved, grant funds will be awarded via electronic funds transfer. The authorization agreement for direct deposits must be submitted to the Foundation by the application deadline for the application to be considered.
  • The Foundation will not provide an oral or written explanation for denied applications.

How does your organization apply?

Complete the online application form provided in the link below:

Recognition Grant Application

If you are returning to a saved application, please access the Sign In page.

If you have programmatic questions, please contact Chan Brown, Kansas Health Foundation Program Officer, at (316) 491-8450 or

If you have questions regarding the online application process, please contact Blair Weibert, Kansas Health Foundation Program Assistant, at (316) 491-8413 or

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