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Serving Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding area

How It Works

Providing Financial Support ... When & Where It's Needed

  1. Members of the Guardians, generous individuals, and corporate donors contribute to the funds. Grant monies come from Endowed earnings available each year, member contributions, and funds raised during events.
  2. Grant applications are processed only through approved partner agencies. Those seeking assistance should apply through the Referring Agencies listed and not to the Guardians directly.
  3. Grants will be paid directly to the providers of requested services and needs.
  4. Once the agency accepts a completed Grant application, the application is submitted to the Guardians Grants Committee for review.
  5. Each application is reviewed by the Guardian Grants Committee for eligibility.
  6. Agencies are notified of approved or unapproved grants usually within the same day.
  7. The agency then notifies the applicant.
  8. The applicant may then contact the provider.

Referring Agencies

North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging(785) 776-9294
Homecare and Hospice(785) 537-0688
Salvation Army(785) 539-9399
Boys and Girls Club(785) 539-1947
Flint Hills Community Clinic(785) 323-4351
Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc.(785) 537-3113
Shepherd's Crossing(785) 776-1470
CASA(785) 537-6867
Catholic Charities(785) 323-0644
The Restoration Center(785) 537-8809
Thrive(877) 376-0032

Grant Application Information

  • Men 18 years of age and older are eligible to apply.
  • Consideration is given only to men in the greater Manhattan, KS area.
  • Grant applicants will remain anonymous.
  • Funds are paid directly to providers of requested services and needs.
  • Money is available throughout the year.
  • Funds cover immediate needs not addressed by other social service agencies in the Manhattan area. Ineligible requests include, but are not limited to food, lodging, utilities, or assistance with legal bills such as a speeding ticket or a DUI.
  • Recipients are eligible for assistance once per 12-month period.
  • The maximum amount of a grant is $600.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Guardians Grants Committee and submitted to the GMCF Executive Board for approval. If approved, funds are typically available within 48 hours.
  • Recipients are asked to help someone else in the future through a pay-it-forward principle.

The Guardians Privacy Policy

The Guardians and GMCF do not share contact information about members, donors, grant applicants, or grant recipients.
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