The Process

Interested in Applying for a Grant?

If you would like to apply for a grant from the Blanche Bryden Foundation, we invite you to find out more about the grant application process and funding guidelines. We’ve also compiled helpful FAQs for your benefit!

The Grant Application Process
Check Qualifications

Applicants should ensure they meet the funding guidelines (see below).

Apply Online

Applicants must submit their online application.

The Application is Reviewed

The Trustees meet quarterly to review grant requests and to discuss grant approvals.

Notification and Award

You will be notified by mail whether a grant has been awarded or not. If so, the payment will be included.

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Funding Guidelines

Grants are made only to organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) as described in IRC § 501(c)(3) and which are not classified as private foundations under IRC § 509(a). The Foundation’s geographical focus is in the City of Topeka, Kansas, or in the area of Topeka, Kansas. The Foundation is not permitted to make grants to organizations outside of this geographical area.

The Foundation Board will review applications and take into consideration the following criteria:

  1. The Trustees take into account those organizations in the Topeka, Kansas, area that Blanche Bryden provided financial support during her lifetime.
  2. Grants are awarded based on the merit of the proposal and the significance of the proposed project to the Foundation’s mission. As Blanche Bryden was very philanthropic during her lifetime and supported numerous charitable organizations, the Foundation has provided support to charitable organizations in the following areas:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Education
    • Community Development and Enhancement
    • Social Services and Needs
    • Quality of Life
  3. The applicant organization’s staff and ability to achieve the desired results.
  4. The maintenance of the proposed project without ongoing, long-term financial commitments from the Foundation.
Ready to Apply for a Grant?

Complete our online application to request a Blanche Bryden Foundation grant.

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Frequently Asked Questions