The Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations in an effort to foster economic and social progress in Kansas by advancing a culture of individual freedom, responsibility and Principled Entrepreneurship™.
Through quality youth development programs and education, it strives to empower new generations to make their own lasting contributions to society. In addition, It awards grants which build on a Koch family passion for the arts by supporting artistic endeavors and educational ventures which stimulate interest in both the performing and visual arts. To be considered for funding, it is recommended that proposals be submitted by October 1.
Grants made by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation are awarded primarily to charitable organizations as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not to individuals.
If a request meets the guidelines and falls within the focus areas of the Foundation, further evaluation of the proposal is provided to determine whether it fits the Foundation’s priorities.
In the course of evaluation, Foundation staff may find it necessary to gather additional information regarding the proposal, funding history, significant accomplishments, and more. Due to the large volume of proposals, please allow six weeks for review of the submitted materials and response by the Foundation.
Although proposals are accepted throughout the year, the majority of grants are awarded annually in December. It is recommended that proposals be submitted by October 1 to be considered for funding.
Proposal Guidelines and Documentation
Please submit a brief letter (no more than 3 pages) including the following information. (Additional information may be requested at a later time by the Foundation. We request no additional materials be sent with the original proposal.):
- Organization’s Mission, Goals, Brief History
- Funding amount requested
- Contact Information – Please include name, title, address, phone number and email address of the primary contact.
- 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, churches and related programs
- Venture capital grants
- Fundraising events
- Athletic associations and sporting events/teams
- Trip and tour sponsorships
- Initiatives outside of Kansas, including national sponsorships and international requests
- Political, legislative, lobbying or fraternal organizations
- Endowment funds
- Capital campaigns (proposals considered only for organizations that have received previous Fred and Mary Koch Foundation grants)
Submit Grant Proposals to:
Fred and Mary Koch Foundation
4111 East 37th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220
- Q. When are grant proposals accepted?
- Completed grant requests are accepted throughout the year. However, complete proposals must be received by October 1 to be reviewed and considered for approval at the annual board meeting.
- Q. When are Foundation grants awarded?
- The majority of grants are awarded in December following the annual board of directors’ meeting.
- Q. Are multi-year grants awarded by the Foundation?
- Occasionally. The majority of grants awarded are for one year only. Multi-year grant requests are accepted for review.
- Q. Does the Foundation support post secondary educational institutions?
- Only accredited educational institutions with funding support focused on Kansas-based program initiatives are eligible to apply.