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Evergy Community Response Fund

Evergy Community Response Fund

In addition to funding community and youth enhancement projects, the Evergy Community Investment Fund is investing in organizations who are closing the gaps in services created by COVID-19 and/or organizations who promote solutions to address racial injustice. The Fund will award 10 grants of $10,000 in 2020. The grant applications will be scored by the Evergy Community Investment Advisory Board (CIAB) or any other committee as authorized by Evergy.

Please note that the application will time out after a certain amount of time. It is recommended to answer the questions in a separate document before copying and pasting them into the application, so as to not lose progress if the application does time out.

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.

All applicants to the Evergy Community Investment Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation must be in good standing with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office, must be currently exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3), and classified as an organization to which contributions are deductible under Section 170(c)(2), normally a public charity under Section 509(a).

If an emerging nonprofit is certified by the Internal Revenue Service through a form 1023EZ, or is working with a qualified Kansas nonprofit as their fiscal agent, they may apply.

Grant details

The Fund will award 10 grants of $10,000 each in 2020 to organizations who are closing the gaps in services created by COVID-19 and/or organizations who promote solutions to address racial injustice

Funds may be granted to nonprofit organizations in a lumpsum or by progress payments at the discretion of WCF. WCF may also request periodic progress reports at its discretion.

Nonprofit grantees must maintain an accounting (including receipts) of grant expenditures, which may be requested at the discretion of WCF.

Nonprofit grantees that are not able to fulfill the stated objectives for which funds were granted must return all granted dollars to WCF.

Deadline

Applications were due July 31, 2020 at noon.


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