Discretionary Grants

Discretionary Grants

The Discretionary Grant Program is designed to support NCSD projects that align with the Foundation’s mission to ensure students are engaged and ready to learn; that support equity in educational outcomes; and that align with NCSD’s strategic goals and objectives.

Over the last three years NCEF has awarded more than $100,000 in Discretionary Grants for projects such as the Rowe Middle School Wind and Oar project, Ready Set Go, and Family Support Services.

If you are interested in applying for a Discretionary Grant, or know of a program you think NCEF would be interested in helping to fund, please download and submit the form located at the bottom of this page or contact us at

Our Most Recent Discretionary Grant Awards

  • After School Student, Staff and Family Cultural Enrichment, $150

  • Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference, $420

  • Cultural Sharing, Enrichment and Leadership, $430

  • Family Support, Food, Clothes, Hygiene Items and Services, $14,816

  • Family Support Services Transportation, $10,000

  • Fusion and Safety Town Scholarships, $1700

  • Pathways to Scholarship for High School Bilingual Students, $1000

  • Ready, Set, Go (Preparing Students and their Families for Kindergarten) $25,000

  • Weekend Family Enrichment Program, $700

  • Wichita Center for Family and Community, $1,812

  • Wichita Family Enrichment Program, $700

  • Wind and Oar Pilot Project - $3990

Apply for a Discretionary Grant

The Discretionary Grant Program is designed to support NCSD projects outside of the teacher/classroom enrichment grant program, which align with the Foundation's mission to ensure students and engaged and ready to learn, support equity in educational outcomes, and aligne with NCSD's strategic goals and objectives. 

When determining your eligibility and writing your application please refer to:

Applications may be submitted for consideration during the school year. The Foundation staff screens all applications. Those meeting the established criteria are presented to the Board of Directors or its authorized committee for consideration. Please allow approximately 3-6 weeks for application processing. When a decision has been reached, the applicant will be notified promptly of the approval or denial of the grant proposal. 

We do not fund parties, field trips, transportation, outside consultants or salaries.

The usual grant size is $1,000 to $5,000 but we will consider all requests for funding. If funded, a final report, included pictures, is requested to be submitted to NCEF. 

Download the Discretionary Grant Application Form

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