The Human Service Fund (HSF) is a pool of general tax dollars from local municipalities and County government that invest their support in area non-profit agency programs that help avoid, defer, or reduce costs that would otherwise be incurred by city or County governments. Initiated by County Commissioners in 1980, cities joined the partnership in 1990. In 2023, $412,040 was awarded to 19 agency programs that promote self-sufficiency and build well-being for Johnson County residents. During 2022, HSF grantees provided over 221,000 units of service – including medical and dental appointments, nights of shelter, job training and more – to over 61,000 Johnson County residents. UCS provides local governments with a structured accountable system through which non-profit agencies competitively apply for and access funds to serve Johnson County residents.
2024 Human Service Fund Grant Cycles
The 2024 Human Service Fund Grant Cycle is open as of May 11, 2023.
A virtual pre-proposal meeting for 2024 Human Service Fund (HSF) grants will be held on May 18 via Zoom from 9-9:50 a.m. for the Small Grants Pool for HSF and 10-10:50 a.m. for the regular HSF grant. Email email@example.com to RSVP to the virtual meeting and to get the meeting invite information.
The Human Service Fund provides grants to nonprofit agencies in support of human service programs that promote the well-being, personal safety and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. Approximately $450,000 is anticipated to be awarded in 2024 grants through the regular HSF application and the small grants application.
Applicants not receiving a 2023 HSF grant, which includes all new small grant pool applicants, must discuss their 2024 request with Christina Ashie Guidry, UCS Director of Resource Allocation, firstname.lastname@example.org, before an application is submitted.
Applications are due July 6th at UCS by 12:00 p.m.
2024 Human Service Fund Grants
Applicants may apply to either the Small Grants Pool or the Regular HSF application.
Small Grants HSF Application: 501(c)(3) applicants, with an annual budget of <$400,000, that are new, growing, and/or grassroots and seeking to build grant-writing capacity may apply for an amount <$5,000 for a specific program or service to be delivered in 2024 that meets HSF Funding Priorities.
Regular HSF Application: 501(c)(3) applicants who are current HSF grantees or are new applicants with an annual budget >$400,000 or seeking a grant amount of $5,000 or more for specific program(s)/service(s) to be delivered in 2024 and 2025 that meet HSF Funding Priorities.
*Established applicants for the 2024 HSF Application cycle may receive letters of commitment for 2 years of funding.
Applicant Criteria: Applicants must deliver direct services to Johnson County residents, be recognized by the IRS under section §501(c)(3), provide health and human services programming as their primary mission, and be in good standing in Kansas or Missouri as a nonprofit corporation. Applicants must affirm they are in compliance with any nondiscrimination ordinances of the municipalities providing resources to the Human Service Fund. Grant recipients must offer equal access to programs or services for which Human Service Fund support has been awarded, to all clients and prospective clients who could benefit from the program. Funded programs must offer county-wide services or fill a gap which results in county-wide benefit.
For 2024 HSF Funding Priorities, click here.
2024 Human Service Fund Grants
Proposals for 2024 grants were reviewed by the 2024 Human Service Fund Grant Review Committee, and $434,690 in HSF grants was recommended for funding.
2023 Human Service Fund Grants
Proposals for 2023 grants were reviewed by the 2023 Human Service Fund Grant Review Committee, and $412,040 in HSF grants was recommended for funding.
2022 Human Service Fund Grants
Proposals for 2022 grants were reviewed by the 2022 Human Service Fund Grant Review Committee, and $410,830 in HSF grants was recommended for funding.
2021 Human Service Fund Grants
Proposals for 2021 grants were reviewed by the 2021 Human Service Fund Grant Review Committee, and $372,276 in HSF grants was recommended for funding.
2020 Human Service Fund Grants
Proposals for 2020 grants were reviewed by the 2020 Human Service Fund Grant Review Committee, and $371,776 in HSF grants was recommended for funding.
2019 Human Service Fund Grants
Proposals for 2019 grants were reviewed by the 2019 Human Service Fund Grant Review Committee, and $339,801 in HSF grants was recommended for funding.