Our Grants

Each of us has our own unique gifts and talents we bring to the world. Our goal is to unleash them. We support programs that create the opportunity for all people to develop their abilities, reach their full potential and make lasting contributions to society. Our grants build on a Koch family passion for creating a vibrant and inclusive community within their home state of Kansas.

Program Details

Program eligibility

Grants made by the Koch Family Foundation are awarded to charitable organizations as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not to individuals.

Application deadline

To be considered for funding, submit proposals by September 15.

Proposal guidelines

  • Organization’s mission and goals
  • Funding amount requested  
  • Contact information 
  • General program description – Please provide a brief overview of the proposed program including objectives and desired outcomes.  
  • Specific program details – Please provide information including program implementation, staffing requirements, summary budget, outcomes, measures and program timetable. If applicable, list other funding support secured for the program.  
  • Financial information (attach to letter) – Please provide a copy of the most recent audited financial statement and current annual budget.  
  • Tax documentation (attach to letter) – Please provide the latest IRS documentation letter of tax-exempt status along with a brief statement, signed and dated on the organization’s letterhead, stating there has been no change in the purpose, character or organizational structure subsequent to the issuance of the IRS letter.

The Foundation does not seek proposals in support of:

  • Individuals (other than the Koch Scholarship Awards Program)  
  • Individual schools and churches 
  • Venture capital grants  
  • Athletic associations and sporting events/teams  
  • Trip and tour sponsorships  
  • Initiatives outside of Kansas, including national sponsorships and international requests  
  • Political, legislative or lobbying 
  • Endowment funds  
  • Capital campaigns 

Grant FAQ

When are grant proposals accepted?

Completed grant requests are accepted throughout the year. However, complete proposals must be received by September 15 to be reviewed and considered for approval at the annual board meeting.

When are Foundation grants awarded?

The majority of grants are awarded in December following the annual board of directors’ meeting.

 Apply for a grant

To be considered for funding, please submit your grant proposal by September 15.

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Featured Grants

Mark Arts

In honor of Mary R. Koch, we provided a lead gift and additional funding in support of Mark Arts, at the Mary R. Koch Arts Center, which provides the community with educational program and exhibits to nurture the study and appreciation of the arts.

Youth Entrepreneurs

Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) equips high school students with the entrepreneurial skills, values and vision to pursue their dreams. Since 1991, we’ve provided support for the more than 30,000 students who have experienced YE’s engaging hands-on curriculum.

GoCreate

From inventing a new product to launching a small business or learning a new skill, GoCreate members get access to the tools they need to create their own success. We’re proud to partner to provide funding for membership and training assistance to qualifying applicants.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

For more than a decade, we’ve supported engaging educational programming and training for students and teachers in the state of Kansas through opportunity-focused initiatives like The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Music Theatre Wichita

We’re proud to provide funds for Music Theatre Wichita’s summer performances and shows, as well as interns who work in all areas, from acting to costumes to props, to help them further develop their talents.

Frank Lloyd Wright Allen House

We give passionate support to the historic Frank Lloyd Wright Allen House, a world-class house museum in Wichita, Kansas.

As educators, as the ones who are guiding the young people coming up, it only makes sense that we continue to better ourselves.

Curtis Carter|The Gilder Lehrman Institute Grant