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DCCF Livewell Grants


LiveWell community Wellness Grants aim to support the health of Douglas County residents by creating conditions that lead to healthy eating and physically active lifestyles. Projects should help the community make progress toward achieving nutrition and physical activity goals set forth in the 2018 – 2023 Douglas County Community Health Plan

Grants will help Douglas County organizations:

  • adopt policy, systems and environmental changes that support healthy eating and physical activity in everyday environments such as childcare centers, schools, after-school programs, workplaces, community centers, neighborhoods and places of worship, or
  • offer programs that help residents make lasting improvements to their diets and activity patterns that reduce their risk for lifestyle-related chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.


Most of the amount DCCF has available for this grant competition comes from funds focused on children’s health. We expect to award:

  • Up to $80,000 for projects that primarily target children ages 0-18 and their families
  • Up to $20,000 for projects that primarily target adults or the general public
  • Grants are expected to range from $1,000-$15,000.


  • Proposal must come from a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or government entity.
  • Proposal must be for work that primarily benefits residents of Douglas County, Kansas.
  • Applicants must conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or national origin.

Grantmaking Criteria

1. Projects must help Douglas County communities make progress toward achieving the goals and anticipated outcomes set forth in the Food Security and Healthy Built Environment sections of the 2018 – 2023 Douglas County Community Health Plan.

2. Favored projects:

  • Provide a substantial benefit over time
  • Produce meaningful, measurable results
  • Can be sustained by organizations without ongoing LiveWell Community Wellness Grant funding
  • Help attract additional funds and resources for the participants or organization(s)
  • Assist with or promote collaboration among nonprofits, schools, employers, neighborhoods, community centers, tribal entities and/or local governments

3. In addition, we are more likely to fund proposals that:

  • Are clearly and concisely written
  • Include a workable plan to measure results
  • Are based on complete and clear income and expense projections
  • Are proposed by organizations that demonstrate sound financial practices and strong staff and volunteer support

Limitations on Grantmaking

Generally, grants will not be awarded for:

  • Administration or general operating expenses
  • Personnel costs for permanent staff
  • Purchase of tickets or tables at special events, memberships, or advertising
  • Event sponsorships
  • Fundraising events
  • Individuals
  • Annual campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Religious purposes
  • Lobbying or political activities prohibited by the IRS
  • Debt retirement


2020 applications are due October 15.
Awards will be announced in mid-November.


On September 15 of the year following, grant awardees will be required to submit a follow-up grant report through DCCF’s online grant management system.


For more information, contact Lori Trenholm, Director of Community Investment