News Release

Heartland Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications -- Sept. 15-Nov. 15

HAYS, Kan.— The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties, is now accepting applications for its fall grant cycle. Online applications open Sept. 15 and are due by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023.

More than $130,000 is available to grant toward charitable projects in Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties, with more than $40,000 available per county. This cycle will fund local community projects that meet one or more of the following criteria.

  • Projects and programs that directly impact the communities within Ellis, Rooks, or Trego Counties.
  • Projects and programs that benefit individuals served, improve quality of life, and/or advance the mission of the applying organization by increasing capacity or expanding reach, including capital improvements;
  • Seed money to establish or initiate a new project, program, or organization that will benefit the community.

Funding for the HCF fall grant cycle is provided by the Ellis, Rooks, and Trego County Legacy Funds, Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Heartland Healthy Living Fund, the Heartland Area Action Fund.

Grants are limited to projects in Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofit organizations, including government and public entities, educational institutions, and churches, are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15. Complete funding criteria and the grant application are available at

For more information, contact Sarah Meitner, executive director, at 785-621-4090.

For more information about the Heartland Community Foundation, to make a donation to one of the funds managed by the community foundation, or to apply for a grant, visit Look for the GIVE ONLINE button to make a charitable gift. To follow the latest news, view grantee profiles, or see featured funds, follow Heartland on Facebook at @HeartlandCF.