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New grant opportunity from Evergy

In response to recent events, WCF fundholder Evergy is announcing an opportunity investing in organizations focused on closing the gaps in services created by COVID-19 and/or organizations who promote racial equity.

“Evergy increased grant funding for 2020 to aid organizations helping Wichita address the challenges brought by the pandemic and racial injustice,” said Jeff Beasley, Evergy vice president customer operations. “We appreciate community leaders who are working to alleviate the impact these have had on Wichitans. These organizations make our community stronger.”

The Fund will award a total of 10 grants of $10,000 in 2020. The guidelines are as follows:

What we fund

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofits serving zip codes 67208, 67214 and/or 67219
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofits based in, or that have a chapter in, Sedgwick County, Kansas
  • Organizations that are closing the gaps in services created by COVID-19
  • Organizations that promote solutions to address racial injustice

What we decline

  • Direct payment to individuals
  • Proposals from organizations that do not serve people in the specified zip codes or that are not based in or have a chapter in Sedgwick County

Additional details

  • Preference will be given to projects that are within direct visibility of the upgraded high-capacity transmission lines installed by Westar Energy in 2019
  • There will be no future funding for ongoing maintenance of any physical structures
  • Sponsoring nonprofit organizations must be of sufficient size (personnel and fiscal resources) to handle the proposal. Established history of execution on similar projects is a plus
  • Any signage and/or publicity for funded projects must reference the Evergy Community Investment Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation. Artwork design/font/colors will be approved by WCF prior to use

Scoring criteria

  1. Reach within the community: reach the highest number of people within the community. Evidence of such reach are desirable.
  2. Community support: have an existing level of community support, as that can be an indicator of project success.
  3. Sense of community: appeal to a diverse array of citizens and an increased level of interaction between people is desirable
  4. Ability to leverage additional resources: make use of existing sources of funds such that they can be combined with a grant from this fund

Eligibility

Please note the eligibility requirements for this fund.

1)    If your organization has received a grant directly from Evergy (the company) in 2020, you are not eligible to apply for this funding.

2)    If your organization received a grant from the Evergy Community Investment Fund at WCF in 2019, you are eligible to apply for this funding.

For more grant details, visit the Evergy Community Response Fund page on our website. Applications are due July 31 at noon. Questions? Contact James Woods.


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