Apply for a Community Grant

Community Grants support a wide range of local projects in the areas of arts and culture, children and youth, community development, education, the environment, health, housing and human services.

View a list of recent grants here.

Deadlines and Notifications

Organizations may apply once per calendar year.

Applications are available on our website six weeks before each grant deadline.

For Fall 2019, the deadline will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:59PM.
Applications may be submitted until 11:59 p.m.on the due date. However, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 4:00 p.m. If you encounter technical problems during submission, our staff will be in the office and available to help you. Staff support is not available after 5:00 p.m. Applications that have not been successfully submitted by the deadllne will be considered ineligible.

You will be notified of our decision about six weeks after the application deadline.


Please carefully review our Community Grant Guidelines before applying for a grant.

To Apply

The application form is available online six weeks before each deadline.

Please make sure you are using a current version of Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

Applicant Log-in Page (to start, edit and submit an application).

  • Returning Organizations: If your nonprofit has applied for a DCCF grant since January, 2014, it already has an established organizational record within our online Grant Center. If you are unable to locate the established account login, please contact Lori Trenholm, our Director of Community Investment, and ask to be added to your organization’s account as a new user.
  • New Organizations: If this is the first time your organization has applied for a DCCF grant since January, 2014, create a new account.

Click on the current Community Grant application. As you work on your application, you can save a draft and come back to it later.

When you come to the grant budget question, download the DCCF Grant Budget Form and complete it in Microsoft Excel. After saving it in Excel, please convert it to a PDF file and make sure it displays as one page. You will be prompted to upload the file within the application form.

Note: Your uploaded budget must display as a one page PDF. Please double check this before uploading.

Submit when your application, including all required PDF attachments, is ready for community foundation review.

Check out our Community Grants FAQ for answers to common questions about applying.

Learn about reporting on a Community Grant.


Lori Trenholm

Contact Lori Trenholm

Director of Community Investment


Contact Lori

Submit a Grant Application

Login to our Grants Center to work on a grant application.

Submit Application

Submit a Grant Report

Login to our Grants Center to work on a grant follow-up report.

Submit Report

Douglas County Community Foundation
900 Massachusetts, Suite 406
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-843-8727
Fax: 785-843-8735