Our donor intent is:
Rural or rural-serving organizations
- Health care
- Economic opportunity
Are you working on something that strengthens your community? Tell us about it. We’re always on the lookout for organizations, ideas, and solutions that show rural grit and promise. Like Neal, we admire innovative planning and careful strategy. We like to say we’re seeking ‘good engines in need of fuel’. We’d love to hear about those engines in your community!
The Patterson Family Foundation primarily offers funding to 501(c)3 organizations that serve rural counties in Kansas and Western Missouri. We fund organizations that provide services in the following sectors: Health, Education, and Economic Opportunity. If you think you may qualify for a grant, follow the steps below and we will be in touch.
1. Follow the link below to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to formally apply for funding. We will request an overview of your organization, its mission, and a brief outline of the funding request. We will also need documentation such as a tax-exempt filing and a recent 990F form.
2. One of our Program Officers will reach out and schedule a phone call to learn more about your organization and to discuss your LOI.
3. If your LOI meets our qualifications, our team will send you a formal application with detailed instructions on drafting a full proposal.
4. Once you have submitted your proposal, our team will review it and respond with an estimated timeline for final determination.
The Patterson Family Foundation offers a variety of grants. Below you will find information about each grant type to help you identify which one your request may fall under.
Program Grants: These grants help support individual programs operated by the applying organization. Funds go directly to specific programs whose successes are measurable by their desired outcomes.
Operations Grants: Operations Grants can be used to build capacity for organizations that demonstrate long term sustainability in serving their mission.
Equipment Grants: Equipment grants help supply organizations with the tools they need to get the job done. These grants can help cover the cost of items such as office supplies, power tools, electronics, and anything else your organization uses to serve its mission.
Capital Grants: Capital Grants provide funding for the construction of physical structures. These types of grants are highly competitive, and applicants should expect a longer review cycle.
The Patterson Family Foundation requires the following documentation for all grant requests. This is not a comprehensive list; we may ask for additional documentation and information depending on the grant type.
If you are awarded funds, your organization will be required to report to the Patterson Family Foundation on when and how these awarded funds were used. We may also ask for qualitative and quantitative data points on how to measure the impact of funding.
We will conduct diligence to get to know your organization, project, and proposals. During this review process, we will neither make nor imply any commitment to fund. Applicants should not publicly represent that we have agreed to fund your proposal until notified in writing. Funding decisions are not final until confirmed in writing via award letter, after which time a grantee is welcome to announce the funding from the Patterson Family Foundation. Funding by the Foundation does not imply partnership in any endeavor. In general, our Board prefers to make grants to projects that demonstrate sustainability and diversified cash and/or in-kind contributions.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. We are eager to assist!