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DCCF Community Grants

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

Click here for a list of recent grants

Application Deadlines

The Spring 2020 application is now closed. The Fall 2020 application will open on August 1, with a deadline of Sept. 1, at 5 p.m.

Organizations may apply (whether the grant request is funded or not) once per calendar year.

There will be a spring and fall cycle each year, and generally the deadline will be on or around February 1 and September 1 at 5:00 PM. If the first falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the next business day.

Applications are available on our website six weeks before each grant deadline. Applications may be submitted until 5:00 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.


All 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, tribal entities and local governments may apply. Work must primarily benefit residents of Douglas County, Kansas. Organizations must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or national origin.

Upcoming Grant Information Sessions

If you are applying for the first time or are new to the online grant application process, please contact Lori Trenholm, Director of Community Investment, for a one-on-one consultation about the DCCF grant process and general grantwriting tips and best practices. Seasoned grantwriters are also welcome to contact Lori for feedback and review of the grant application *before* the application is submitted.

We want to help Douglas County nonprofits become better grant writers! Sessions are scheduled and conveniently located in both Lawrence and Baldwin City.

Check back here and watch your email for Grant Information Sessions in August in Lawrence and Baldwin City.

Steps To Apply

Step 1 – Review our Community Grant guidelines

Step 2 – Review our Community Grant Application Tips

Step 3 – Preview the list of Application Questions

Step 4 – Logon and Apply


About 15 days before the next year’s grant cycle, grant awardees will be required to submit a follow-up grant report through DCCF’s online grant management system.