Healthy Living & Active Communities
Projects that emphasize the importance of the “built environment” as means to promote lifelong healthy behaviors such as increased physical activity and improved food choices.Learn More Apply For Grant
Health Care & Access
Projects that focus on improving access to health care for growing numbers of uninsured and underinsured, with an emphasis on community-based health services and projects that address health disparities.Learn More Apply For Grant
Sunflower Foundation > Grants > For Grant Seekers > Funding Process
Our Funding Process and Priorities
The Sunflower Foundation provides opportunities for funding through multiple strategies, including requests for proposals, foundation initiatives and special projects.
While it is tempting to want to address many health needs in our state – to be "all things to all people" – we have learned that we will be most effective with our limited resources if we focus our grantmaking. After examining the state’s leading health issues, we have identified priority funding areas that fit our foundation’s origin, mission and interests. Learn more about these Areas of Interest.
“What makes a successful grant?” is a question we often are asked. Effective grantwriting helps present a good case, but the most important things are:
What We Don't Fund
Assessing impact is a challenging task that varies from grant to grant. Planning often is the most important step in achieving optimum results. That is why a logic model is a required step with every application. This tool helps applicants identify project goals, strategies and desired outcomes.
Not every grant is designed to create long-term social change – some grants provide information or awareness of issues, some grants increase the capacity of systems and organizations and some grants help find solutions (in practice or policy) for health issues Kansans face.
Every grant we fund is important, and all grants make a contribution. To help assess that contribution, the Sunflower Foundation asks three key questions: