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Murdock Fund at WCF launches high-dollar grant competition

December 07, 2017

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) and the Victor Murdock Fund Advisory Board announce the reopening of the Victor Murdock Fund grant competition. In spring 2018, one award of $50,000 to $100,000 will be given to a local nonprofit organization for a project that provides a creative and practical approach to solving a community problem.

“After evaluating the Fund’s impact, the advisors decided to open the competition with revamped guidelines,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “The new grantmaking structure follows a similar pattern of giving at WCF, with an emphasis placed on significant investments to further the growth of Wichita.”

Prior to the shift in giving, for more than a decade, the Victor Murdock Fund at WCF supported a wide range of projects that directly affected the quality of life in Wichita in the form $500 to $5,000 grants.

The Fund was established in 2000 to honor Wichita Eagle founder and long-time Wichitan, Victor Murdock. His grandson, the late Victor Delano, said he started the fund “to honor my grandparents, and pay back a city that has been good to me.”

“At WCF, we work diligently to provide nonprofits with growth opportunities,” said Prichard. “This grant competition perfectly showcases the deep love and commitment both Victor Delano and Victor Murdock had to the quality of life in Wichita.”

The initial application is due January 15, 2018. Finalists will be notified in late February, and the selected grantee will be announced in April. Applications are available now at www.wichitacf.org/murdock.

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