Working Here Fund Grant Program Information

Current Grant Application Period for $2,000 Grant Option Runs through March 31, 2019.

Current Grant Application Period for $10,000 Grant Option Runs through June 30, 2019.

Through our Working Here Fund, Frontier Farm Credit has set aside grant funds for projects and organizations that make a positive impact in eastern Kansas.

There are two options of funding available through our Working Here Fund. Both funding options are designed to impact Agriculture Education, Young and Beginning Producers, Hunger and Nutrition and Essential Services/Disaster Relief needs.

  • The first option provides grant funding of up to $2,000 each. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly.
  • A second option of grant funding of up to $10,000 each is available for larger, more long-term community projects. Grant applications are reviewed semiannually.

Requests must meet the selection criteria detailed below. Typically, one Working Here Fund grant is awarded to an organization within a 12-month period.

Application Process

Grant applications are completed online at Applications for the $2,000 grants are evaluated quarterly and applications for the $10,000 grants are evaluated biannually. The deadline to apply for the current Frontier Farm Credit grant funding cycle is March 31, 2019 for the $2,000 grant option and June 30, 2019 for the $10,000 grant option. Results for the $2,000 grant options will be communicated April 2019. Following the $10,000 grant application review, the timing of the funding will be communicated in July 2019.

To help determine which grant might better fit your project:

$2,000 Grant Option $10,000 Grant Option
Grant Description The option of up to $2,000 in grant funds is available for projects that address short-term goals, and could include projects such as, but not limited to, community gardens, 4-H and FFA chapter projects, foodbank needs, backpack summer programs, grain bin rescue equipment, CASE curricula, and drone technology for the classroom. Grant deadline is March 31, 2019. The Working Here Fund grants of up to $10,000 each are available for larger, more long-term community projects focused in smaller rural communities (population 5,000 or less). This includes projects such as, but not limited to, start-up FFA chapters, campaigns for a new fire hall or community building, geodesic domes, larger community greenhouses or high tunnels, or other capital campaign fundraising for community projects. A documented long-term plan is required in the application process for this grant. Grant deadline is June 30, 2019.
Sample Projects
  • Community gardens
  • Grain bin rescue equipment
  • 4-H and FFA Chapter projects
  • Food bank and pantry needs
  • Ag classroom curriculum and technology
  • Start up FFA chapters
  • Capital campaign for community project
  • Essential services facilities/equipment
  • Larger greenhouses or high tunnel
  • Community facilities
  • Foodbank capital campaign
Application Requirements
  • 12 questions
  • Formal plan not required
  • Project has short-term goals(e.g., academic school year, hunger needs for current year)
  • 17 questions
  • Formal plan required (business/strategic plan, capital campaign plan, etc.)
  • Project has long-term goals (in years)
  • Project budget is $10,000+ (funding only available for up to 50% of total budget)
  • Smaller communities (population of 5,000 or less)
Application Link Click to apply for the $2,000 Grant Click to apply for the $10,000 grant

Selection Criteria

All applications must be submitted online by using the link provided below and completing all portions of the application form. In submitting an application, applicants must demonstrate how the grant funds will be used to serve one or more types of projects affecting Agriculture Education, Young and Beginning Producers, Hunger and Nutrition or essential services or disaster relief programs of the type described above.

Qualifying applications must be for serving programs that benefit communities within the Frontier Farm Credit service area of eastern Kansas, including the counties of Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte.

The selection of grant recipients and the amount of such grants shall be determined solely by the Frontier Farm Credit Review Committee. Priority shall be given to applications made by nonprofit organizations with an exempt status under Internal Revenue Code section 501C3. No applicant or related programs may receive grant funding in excess of $2,000 within any consecutive twelve (12) month period. Grants will not be awarded to the same or part of the same organization more than one time in a 12-month period.

Frontier may choose to fully or partially fund grant requests. Previous awards of grant funds by an applicant or program shall not impact or guarantee future support through a grant or other means from Frontier Farm Credit to any organization. Grants are discretionary and restricted to a specific purpose. Grant requests must be consistent with the values and mission of Frontier Farm Credit. Frontier Farm Credit will not provide critiques of proposals submitted.

Outlined below is a guide for the types of activities not supported by Frontier Farm Credit Working Here Fund grants:

  • Programs and projects of charities that do not support agriculture, young and beginning producers, agricultural education, or hunger and nutrition.
  • Contributions for political support purposes, scholarships, or memberships in professional societies or trade organizations.
  • Individual or personal endeavors or projects, or individual farm operations.
  • Participation or entrance fees for charitable events or financing of charitable organizations.
  • Religious or sectarian programs or groups that benefit the specific organization.
  • Political campaigns, candidates, lobbying groups, or causes.
  • Sports teams or athletic events and competition; including equipment or uniforms related to sports.
  • School activities or school booster club donations, including bands, choirs or fine arts programs.
  • Private foundations promoting personal hobbies.
  • Organizations that in any way pose a conflict with Frontier Farm Credit goals, programs, services, or employees.
  • Contributions for state annual meetings and regularly scheduled conferences or meetings.

The Frontier Farm Credit grant program must be shall be administered in a manner consistent with the values and mission of Frontier Farm Credit, which includes acting in compliance with principles of nondiscrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunities Act.