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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. Once the agency accepts a completed Grant application, the application is submitted to the Guardians Grants Committee for review and approval.
  4. Agencies are notified of approved or unapproved grants usually within the same day.
  5. The agency then notifies the applicant.

Referring Agencies

Shepherd's Crossing (785) 776-1470
Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc. (785) 537-3113
North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging (785) 776-9294
Salvation Army (785) 539-9399
Boys and Girls Club (785) 539-1947
CASA (785) 537-6367
Catholic Charities (785) 323-0644
Flint Hills Community Clinic (785) 323-4351
Homecare and Hospice (785) 537-0688
Pawnee Mental Health (785) 587-4300
Thrive (877) 376-0032

Grant Application Information

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.

  • Men living or working in the greater Manhattan, KS area are eligible.
  • Must be 18 years of age and older to apply at any eligible Referring Agency.
  • The maximum amount of a grant is $1,000.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Guardians Grants Committee for approval. If approved, funds are typically available within 48 hours.
  • Funds are paid directly to Referring Agencies of requested services or need.
  • Recipients are eligible for assistance once per 12-month period.
  • Grant applicants are anonymous.
  • 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.