Available Grants

Rural School Pandemic Relief Grant


The Rural School Pandemic Relief Grant is open to public school districts and private K-12 schools in Kansas and Western Missouri counties* within the Foundation’s catchment area. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide assistance during the 2021-22 school year to rural-serving schools with ongoing expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Completing our simple application will allow the Foundation to understand educational resources currently available, resources still needed, and barriers that must be addressed to better support our rural-serving school systems.

* The Patterson Family Foundation serves rural counties of 50,000 or fewer residents as shown here.

Application Instructions

Please review this entire page, including program overview, criteria, and instructions before applying. You may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions shown below. Allow 10-20 minutes to complete the application.  Progress will not be saved on the form prior to submission.


Applications for the Rural School Pandemic Relief Grant described below will be accepted between Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 and 11:59 p.m. CDT Wednesday, October 20th, 2021.

Eligible organizations must meet the following criteria for funding consideration:

- Public school districts and private K-12 schools in Kansas and Western Missouri rural counties, as included within the Foundation's catchment area shown here.


Eligible grant expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Facilities investments
  • Health and safety measures
  • Instruction support
  • Curriculum and staff development
  • Nutritional services
  • Library services
  • Counseling services
  • School leadership and support 
  • Personal protective equipment or sanitation supplies  
  • Technology and internet needs 
Application Process

Please review the application questions in advance. At the end of submission, you will have the option to receive a copy of the answers you provided. Progress will not be saved on the form prior to submission. All information provided in the application will be kept confidential. Please refer to our Privacy Policy.

Limit one (1) Application per eligible public district or private school.


By submitting an Application, you will represent and warrant that the Application conforms to these Terms and that you understand that the Patterson Family Foundation, in its sole discretion, may disqualify the Application for any reason, including if it determines, that the Application fails to conform to these Terms in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by the Patterson Family Foundation, in its sole discretion.

Consideration of Applications

The Patterson Family Foundation reserves the right not to provide a set amount of grants or to award no grants if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Applications. The Patterson Family Foundation will not reveal the judging or scoring of any Applications. Should the Applicant wish to opt out of the potential sharing of data, the Applicant shall notify the Patterson Family Foundation in writing. 

Notification to Grant Recipients

Applicants will be notified of their grant application status via email by an associate of Patterson Family Foundation. Grantees approved for this opportunity will be required to execute and return a Grant Acceptance Letter within five (5) days of date of issuance. If a potential grant recipient does not respond to the initial notification within the time period stated and all required documents are not returned within the specified time period, a grant notification is returned as undeliverable, or a potential grant recipient is not in compliance with these Terms, resulting in forfeiture of any potential grant and, at the Patterson Family Foundation’s discretion, another applicant may be selected. 

Upon receipt of the Grant Acceptance Letter, the Patterson Family Foundation will issue payment to the applicant organization. After funds have been received, the grant recipient will be required to submit a letter of receipt within five (5) days of receipt of the payment.

All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the grant recipient. Grant recipients may not substitute, assign, or transfer a grant.  All terms and conditions and details of the grant including the grant value and exact number of grants awarded are at the sole discretion of the Patterson Family Foundation. Grants are limited to one (1) per eligible public district or private school.

Liability Release

By submitting an Application, each applicant agrees to fully and finally release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless the Patterson Family Foundation and its respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, counsel, advisors and representatives of the foregoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from applicant’s Application, applicant’s participation in the Program or any Program-related activity, applicant’s acceptance of or use of the grant and/or Patterson Family Foundation’s use of the rights granted herein.

General Release

By applying for the grant, Applicant hereby consents to any use by the Patterson Family Foundation, its staff or advertising agencies, of Applicant’s name as a grant recipient. Applicant also releases the Patterson Family Foundation and any affiliate or agent from any liability incurred in connection with the use of Applicant’s name as a grantee in any reporting or promotional materials.

General Conditions

Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, or undelivered/unreceived  Applications, messages, email or mail; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printed or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Program. 


Public school districts and private K-12 schools that serve rural counties in Kansas and Western Missouri. Click "How You Fit In", above, for a full list of the counties we serve.
Information submitted either on or related to the COVID-19 Pandemic School Relief Grant application is only accessible by the Patterson Family Foundation staff. The Foundation will not release any sensitive information gathered during this process, unless approved by applicant.
The Patterson Family Foundation is powered by a passionate, talented team that is personally committed to improving the wellbeing and livelihood of the places we care about. Meet our team by visiting "Who We Are" above.
We are geographically focused on Kansas and Western Missouri counties with fewer than 50,000 residents. Please visit "How You Fit In" to view a map of our catchment.
The application will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. It is a combination of multiple choice and free text questions.
Funding opportunities from the Foundation are currently by invitation only. If you have a request, please use the Contact form at the bottom of this page.
For questions, please use the Contact form at the bottom of this page.
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The Rural School Pandemic Relief Grant is open to Kansas and Western Missouri K-12 schools within the Foundation’s catchment area. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide assistance during the 2021-22 school year to rural-serving schools with ongoing expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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