Sunderland Foundation Grant

Sunderland Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $1,000,000

Fields of work: Hospital Care Education - Higher Education Art & Culture Health Care Access & Delivery Family Services Youth Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana Show all

Location of residency: Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana Show all

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Since its inception, the Foundation, which is still led by Lester T. Sunderland's descendants, has focused on supporting construction projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other markets traditionally served by the Ash Grove Cement Company. 

 The Foundation prefers to make grants for construction and special interest projects rather than for annual operating expenses. 

Grants for planning, design, construction, renovation, repairs and restoration of facilities are considered. Areas of interest include higher education, youth serving agencies, health facilities, community buildings, museums, civic projects and energy efficient affordable housing projects sponsored by qualified tax-exempt organizations. 

Funding Areas

In recent grant cycles, the Board of Trustees has awarded the majority of grants in four broadly defined areas:

Health Care and Hospitals

A growing area of need in many of the communities the Foundation serves. In 2017, more than $2.9 million was awarded to hospitals and health-care groups to build and improve their facilities. 

Human Services

The Foundation awarded over $7 million to human service nonprofits in 2017, and the majority of grants in this area were awarded to groups that provide essential services to youth and families. Grantees included a range of youth-focused groups, including the Kansas 4-H Foundation, Kids TLC, Ronald McDonald House & Boys & Girls Clubs. 

Higher Education

In 2017, the Foundation awarded more than $10 million to over 45 educational organizations. Grantees included community colleges, private colleges, and public universities. 

Arts and Culture

Arts and culture projects received $7 million in 2017, including grants to the Eisenhower Foundation in Abilene, Kansas; the Kansas City Symphony, the Nelson Gallery Foundation and many more.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Sunderland Foundation makes grants annually to charitable organizations with tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Grants are awarded in Western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Western Iowa, Idaho, Central Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana. 
  • The Foundation generally awards grants to larger, well-established nonprofit organizations


  • In addition:
    • The Foundation does not award grants for annual operating expenses.
    • The Foundation does not award grants for programs or endowments.
    • The Foundation does not award grants or provide sponsorship for special events.
    • Grants to primary and secondary schools are generally not considered.
    • No grants are made to individuals.
    • No scholarships are available from the foundation.


This page was last reviewed February 23, 2023 and last updated April 11, 2022