2023 Promise on the Plains Grant Applications Now Open

WICHITA, Kan., April 24, 2023 – The annual Promise on the Plains funding opportunity from United Way of the Plains strategically invests financial resources in the Wichita metropolitan region to build a more equitable community. Focused on strengthening the underserved parts of our region, minority-led nonprofits are invited to apply for funding of human services programs ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 through noon on Monday, May 22 at unitedwayplains.org/promise.

Pete Najera, United Way President and CEO, said the goal of this funding stream is to reduce the gaps and disparities in health, education, financial stability and basic needs experienced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). “This initiative helps reduce inequities in the BIPOC nonprofit sector by funding programs and assisting in building organizational capacity. Grants will intentionally support and strengthen nonprofit organizations serving the BIPOC community, while advancing the work of United Way.”

This is the second year for the initiative and grant recipients will once again be announced as part of the community’s annual Juneteenth celebration. Funding for the 2023 grant program was generously provided by Wichita Habitat for Humanity, Gene and Yolanda Camarena, Meritust, Boyd Gaming, Credit Union of America, IMA and other private donors.

Last year’s grants helped strengthen the work of 10 local nonprofits. Watch videos about the work done by some of the 2022 Promise on the Plains grant recipients.

Promise on the Plains is one of three funding streams offered annually by United Way of the Plains. The other two community grant opportunities are Opportunity on the Plains and Impact on the Plains. Recipients of 2023 Opportunity on the Plains funding were announced on April 10. Impact on the Plains will be scheduled in the fall. Learn more about all three community investments on the website.

United Way of the Plains envisions a just, equitable and inclusive community where individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds can succeed. Read our diversity, equity and inclusion statement of principle and anti-racism and ethnic discrimination statement at unitedwayplains.org/diversity-inclusion.


MEDIA CONTACT: Angie Prather, Vice President of Marketing and Chief Community Engagement Officer, (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4105, aprather@unitedwayplains.org

United Way of the Plains is a nonprofit and for-impact organization that focuses on health, education, financial stability and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Our mission is to improve lives by harnessing the caring power of our community to advance the common good in south central Kansas. Follow us on these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.


Published On: April 24, 2023


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