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Momentum Grants fuel projects and programs that help people who are facing poverty build momentum as they take steps to reach their potential and positively impact our community.

Grant Goals

Grants will support projects, programs and initiatives that:

  • Provide important educational opportunities and experiences to those who might not otherwise receive them because of limited income or challenging life circumstance.
  • Give people the tools and support they need to move from crisis to stability.

Click here for a list of recent Momentum Grants.


Applications for 2020 will be made available on Monday, March 23rd.
Applications will be due on Monday, April 27th at  5:00PM.
Awards announced in mid-June.
Grant reports are due by April15 of the following year.

Grant Award Limitations*

Up to $20,000 may be awarded.
Awards can range from $500 to $10,000.

*No grants may be awarded if there are not qualified applications. Grant award amounts may vary year to year based on funds available.


Proposal must come from a 501(c)(3) entity, tribal organization or government agency.
Grants must benefit 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.

Sports teams and leagues are not eligible to apply.

Grantmaking Criteria

Successful applicants will:

  • Demonstrate how their program will fulfill the goals of the Momentum grant.
  • Address the opportunities and challenges faced by people in Douglas County.
  • Show a collaborative spirit, working with other community partners and volunteers, where possible.

Limitations on Grantmaking

Momentum grants will not be awarded for:

  • Administrative or general operating expenses
  • Litigation
  • Annual Campaigns
  • Event sponsorships
  • Fundraising events
  • Purchase of tickets or tables at special events
  • Lobbying or political activities
  • Debt retirement
  • Endowment funds
  • Individual, non-charitable projects or causes


On April 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