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. We look for partners who want to work collectively to advance the common good in south central Kansas.

Opportunity on the Plains provides grants to health and human service programs in our focus areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs through a framework based on the social determinants of a strong and healthy community. This is a competitive application process. Applications are evaluated by a dedicated group of community volunteers. The recommendations of these volunteers are reviewed and approved by the United Way Board of Directors.


Applications must be submitted online by Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at noon.

Ready to apply? Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status required.
  • Program operates within the United Way of the Plains service area (Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties).
  • Program aligns with United Way’s strategies in health, education, financial stability or basic needs. NOTE: United Way does not fund grants to individuals, art/cultural organizations, animal services, capital needs or environmental concerns. 
  • Organizations must not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, medical condition, sex or gender (including pregnancy), gender identity and/or expression (including transgender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Timeline of Grant

  • Application opens: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
  • Deadline for submissions: Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at noon
  • Grant recipients announced: Spring 2023
  • Funding cycle: July 2023 to June 2024
  • Reporting: Quarterly reports required.
Click to Apply

Applications must be submitted online by Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at noon.

To begin the application, follow these steps:

  1. Follow the prompts through the portal to access your existing profile or to register your organization, create your profile, and provide the required proof of 501(c)(3) status.
  2. Once registered, begin your application by selecting “Get Started.”
  3. Required documents associated with the application can be found below.
  4. Upon completion and review of your application, select “Submit.” This will complete your application. Once applications are submitted, they cannot be edited.
  5. For multiple program applications, repeat steps 2 through 4.

Required documents: 

Helpful reference materials: 

United Way hosted an open house for nonprofits in September where this year’s Opportunity on the Plains grant application was discussed. View a recording of the open house here.


Abel Frederic
Vice President of Community Impact
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4211

Headshot of Aubrey Mentis Jr., Community Impact Manager for Health.

Aubrey Mentis Jr.
Community Impact Manager for Health
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4212

Headshot of Heather Crump, United Way of the Plains Community Impact Manager for Education.

Heather Crump
Community Impact Manager for Education
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4234

Headshot of Michelle Presnell, United Way Community Impact Manager for Financial Stability.

Michelle Presnell
Community Impact Manager for Financial Stability
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4232

Headshot of Matt Lowe, United Way Community Impact Manager for Basic Needs.

Matt Lowe
Community Impact Manager for Basic Needs
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4233