prairie guidelines pageThe goal of all distributions made from the Caroline F. Peine Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the City of Manhattan, Kansas.  The Foundation will consider funding projects from local organizations that include, but are not limited to; the KONZA Prairie, the Regional Crisis Center, the Sunset Zoo, the Special Olympics, and the UFM. The Foundation will also consider funding projects from any other Manhattan nonprofit organization involving the arts (including theater), energy assistance for low income individuals and/or families facilities, historical preservation, libraries, parks and recreation, services for the elderly and handicapped, and subsidized child care which enables a parent or parents to be employed or be educated. In addition, grants will be considered for recreational development in the town of Keats.

No distribution of funds shall be made for the purpose of providing operating costs to maintain the City of Manhattan, Kansas or any of its facilities, it rather being Grantor’s intention to improve the quality of life in the city. Furthermore, grants will not be made for the purposes of industrial development, organized athletics, or for church or religious purposes.

General Foundation Granting Guidelines:

  1. Funding for all projects is competitive and will be based on the quality of the proposal submitted for funding. All Letters of Intent and Grant Proposals will be given thoughtful consideration by the Foundation Grants Committee. Funding decisions will be the sole responsibility of the Grants Committee and all decisions will be final.
  2. The Foundation prefers to support proposals that emphasize funding for programs and community benefits. Proposals that request funds for administrative overhead or operational expenses are not encouraged. However, such requests may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  3. The Foundation strongly encourages, but does not require, collaborative efforts.  If a project is proposed as a collaborative effort, Letters of Commitment will be required with full grant proposals but not Letters of Intent.
  4. The Foundation believes community enthusiasm and involvement are essential ingredients for project success and encourages proposals that effectively demonstrate community support and participation.
  5. Generally, grants will be made for one year.  Multi-year projects will be considered in circumstances that will provide exceptional benefit to the community.  The Foundation Grants Committee limits multi-year grants to a maximum of 4 years.
  6. Matching funds are not required for non-capital proposals, however, support for the project from locally raised funds, materials and/or labor will strengthen a proposal.
  7. Grant proposals must show legitimate evidence of program sustainability for all projects that will continue beyond the funding period.
  8. Organizations considered for funding must show proof of 501 (c) 3 or tax-exempt status.
  9. The Grants Committee encourages organizations to build endowments.
  10. Grant recipients must agree to provide appropriate recognition of the Manhattan Fund – Caroline F. Peine Charitable Foundation for all funds received.

Capital Campaigns

  1. Capital improvement requests may be considered in circumstances that provide exceptional benefit to the community. If the project involves substantial capital improvement expenditures, the Foundation will require appropriate architectural and/or engineering consulting and supervision.
  2. Funding for capital improvement requests will be for a maximum of 50% of the overall project.  Typical grants will be in the 25%-30% range.  Large grants are often multi-year awards to be distributed over a maximum of 4 years.


The Foundation believes evaluation of project activities is essential to ensure stated outcomes are actually accomplished. Unless requested otherwise, grant recipients are to provide regular status reports to the Foundation every 6 months until the project is completed.

Letters of Intent

The Caroline F. Peine Charitable Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Intent for its next round of funding. This correspondence is being done with the assistance of the Manhattan Community Foundation.  All proposed projects must meet the general guidelines specified above for consideration.

Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent:  April 6, 2018 (no exceptions).

All Letters should be addressed to:

Caroline F. Peine Foundation
Bank of America, NA, Trustee
C/O Manhattan Community Foundation
PO Box 1127
Manhattan, KS 66505

Letters which propose projects of further interest to the Foundation will be notified on or about April 27, 2018 and those organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 1, 2018. It is the intent of the Foundation to fund approved grants in late June 2018.

The Foundation Grants Committee will review all Letters of Intent for:

  1. eligibility
  2. quality of the concept
  3. impact on the community
  4. amount requested in relation to community impact
  5. likelihood for success

Decisions to invite full applications will be the sole responsibility of the Foundation Grants Committee. All decisions will be final. Grant application forms may be found at the “Required Docs” link on this website. Organizations seeking grants in excess of $10,000 should use the document identified as “Major Grant Format with Review Rubric.” For grants $10,000 or less, please use the “Small Grant Format.”

Guidelines for Letters of Intent:

  • Please limit letters to two pages, single spaced, 12 point Times Roman or Arial Font. Letters must be on the requesting organization’s letterhead stationary and signed by the President, Executive Director or agency director.
  • Provide a brief summary of the goals, objectives and proposed outcomes of the project and a short description of the program activities.
  • Provide project parameters to include:
    1. Time frame of the project.
    2. Geographic area to be served.
    3. Number of people who would benefit.
    4. Other comparable programs or facilities in area.
    5. Collaborative partners in the project.
  • Provide the estimated cost of project and amount of funds the applicant will request from the Foundation. If matching funds are to be provided, indicate the approximate amount and the source from which they will be derived.