United Way of the Plains invests in the community through three nonprofit grant opportunities: Opportunity on the Plains, Promise on the Plains and Impact on the Plains. Each supports our work to advance the common good in our focus areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs.
Opportunity on the Plains
Opportunity on the Plains is the largest, annual investment program from United Way of the Plains to help meet the most pressing needs in our community. It provides grants to health and human service programs in our focus areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs. Thanks to the caring power of our community, this program is investing a total of $6,582,311 in area programs, including 24 new programs, from July 2022 to June 2023 that will help individuals and families throughout south central Kansas achieve their human potential.
Download a list of this year’s recipients.
Promise on the Plains
Promise on the Plains works to reduce inequities in the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) nonprofit sector by assisting in building organizational capacity to help foster a more just and inclusive community. Grants intentionally support and strengthen nonprofit organizations serving the BIPOC community, while advancing the work of United Way in the areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs. United Way has invested $100,000 in 10 nonprofit organizations that benefit the BIPOC community.
Recipients were announced at the Mayor’s Press Briefing on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Read the press release here.
Impact on the Plains
Impact on the Plains, United Way’s social innovation competition, invites nonprofits to pitch their ideas for bold solutions to community issues in a “Shark-Tank” style event. A diverse group of community judges narrows down applications to the top two in each of our focus areas: health, education, financial stability and basic needs. Finalists pitch their program to a panel of judges at a live event. This event promotes an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the nonprofit community and transforms how complex social issues are addressed.
Impact on the Plains was held on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, 2021. Read the press release, highlighting the recipients.