Grant Application Available
CCF Non-Traditional Grant-In-Aid Application Available
The Columbus Community Foundation is proud to announce the Non-Traditional Grant-In-Aid Application is now available. The purpose of the Non-Traditional Grant-In-Aid Fund is to provide financial assistance to individuals whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. They must demonstrate a need for financial assistance (based on the Income and Expense Report in the Application) with their educational expenses to improve their marketable skills for employment. The grant is not intended to be used in covering the cost of prerequisite courses which may be necessary for securing admission to an educational program, nor by those needing further education, beyond the current program, to gain employment. The money granted is intended for expenses such as: Tuition; Books; Testing and Graduation Fees; Transportation (only for estimated cost of gas, parking, not for automobile payments); Childcare; Uniforms required by the educational program; equipment/tools necessary for the course of study. The grant is NOT to be used for living expenses, clothing or to repay educational loans. Student Eligibility The students eligible for assistance shall: • Work or live in Cherokee County, Kansas • Be a student in good standing • Study at a vocational/technical institution or college or university within the United States • Have had at least 12 consecutive months of completing their education goal • NOT be enrolled in a post-graduate degree program • Be enrolled in an educational program leading to employment or job advancement • Grants MAY be awarded for Academic or Technical courses. Type and Amount of Aid The type and amount of aid shall be at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation and may include, but is not necessarily limited a maximum of $1,000.00 per year for two years. The applicant need only request by letter their desire for the second year payment without going completing an application for the grant-in-aid. The recipient must provide proper documentation supporting the maintenance of a 2.5 accumulated GPA. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs and available funds. THE APPLICATION MAY BE DOWNLOADED BELOW.