Granting Preferences

Kwanza Fund Granting Preference:

Successful applicants must demonstrate familiarity with the primary barriers reported by those Americans of African Descent who aren’t in the mainstream of economic & workforce activities, and will propose innovative solutions to help bring these individuals into the world of work; while increasing their use of the Internet to move forward and excel in life.

Preference is given to collaborative, comprehensive and sustainable projects; as well as those that demonstrate knowledge of and ability to work in our city’s most under-served neighborhoods.

Funding preference is also given to nonprofit applicants that have current contracts and/or agreements with public agencies and larger nonprofit organizations to contract for programs, services and training targeting low-income youth, adults, and entrepreneurs.

Grant Restrictions and Requirements: 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) public charities performing work within the  City of Topeka & Shawnee County Kansas, and in Good Standing with the Kansas Secretary of State Office.


  • Agree to participate in external evaluation to measure impact of the project/program


  • Agree to provide quarterly, mid-year and a year-end report (video included)


  • Nonprofit agency cannot be established for partisan, fraternal or  be religious in nature or formation

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