To qualify for funding your organization must first meet all of the following 6 criteria.

Failure to meet any of the above criteria will automatically disqualify your organization’s application to the Mader Foundation.

Mader Foundation Application Criteria

The organization has active nonprofit tax exemption status under Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3).

The organization's 990 tax forms for the last two years are available online or readily available upon request.

The program for which the organization seeks funding will DIRECTLY benefit youth ages K-12.

The funding the organization seeks will directly impact Greater Kansas City.

The program for which the organization seeks funding falls under one of the following areas: Arts, Education, Health, Welfare.

The applicant has filled out the Mader Foundation budget form and attached it to the application. This budget template is the only acceptable budget form. All other forms will not be accepted. You can find that form HERE.

Disqualification Criteria

The organization will NOT be funded if any of the following are true:

The organization seeks funding for one or more of the following purposes:

  • No WAGES will be paid to any teacher, para teacher, doctor, nurse, therapist, director, instructor, independent contractor or student of ANY kind.
  • Organizations who discriminate by race, religion, gender or sexual orientation
  • Staff expenses including but not limited to: mileage, trainings and reimbursements.
  • Student trips and cultural exchanges
  • Private schools with religious affiliations of any kind
  • Research, polls, studies
  • Association memberships
  • Building funds for educational institutions
  • Direct support to elementary and secondary schools to support basic operations
  • Maintenance of buildings
  • Other expenses related to the direct education mission of the school that are supported by federal, state or local taxes
  • Fundraising activities, such as event sponsorships, benefits, dinners, galas, sporting events, seminars and symposia
  • Good-will advertising
  • Individuals
  • Political campaigns or candidates
  • University collaborative research, named academic chairs or endowments
  • Operating support for colleges and universities
  • Operating support for primarily United Way-funded agencies

The organization can be described as one or more of the following:

  • Government-supported organization
  • Labor union
  • Organizations whose membership is limited by race, religion, gender or sexual orientation
  • Political or lobbying organization
  • International organization that primarily supports charitable programs outside the United States
If any portion of the disqualification criteria fairly characterizes your organization, your application to the Mader Foundation will be automatically disqualified. In addition, organizations that do not provide the Mader Foundation budget template in their application will also be red-flagged.


Q. May we submit all or part of our initial application via US Post (First Class or Certified or Registered), UPS or FedEx?
A. No.

Q. May we submit multiple applications in one grant season?
A. No. Only one grant per organization will be considered at this time.

Q. Does the Mader Foundation fund salaries?
A. The Mader Foundation does not fund any type of salary.

Q. Is the Mader Foundation making a single distribution?
A. No. Distributions are to be made annually from the foundation.

Q. May we apply for funding for more than one year?
A. No. A new request should be submitted each year.

Q. We received funding for one year. May we apply for funding for a second consecutive year?
A. Yes.

Q. We received funding for year one and would like to submit a proposal for year two. Must we still submit our initial application for year two?
A. Yes

Q. Our agency is not located in Greater Kansas City. May we still apply?
A. If the funds you are requesting will serve youth in Greater Kansas City, Yes.

Q. Will requests that you receive in March or April be treated differently than those received May 1st?
A. All proposals will be treated equally regardless of entry date.

Q. Our 990 tax forms are posted online free by, will that be sufficient to meet the requirement for telling you where online our 990 tax return may be reviewed?
A. Yes, but please include your agency’s Guidestar identification number along with the Guidestar url.

Q. We did not finish our initial application by May 1. May we still submit it?
A. No. All initial applications must be received via the application page no later than May 1. The application page will be shut down immediately following May 1st and no applications will be allowed to enter through the system.

Q. May an agency request funds for an existing program?
A. Yes. If the existing program fits within the current guidelines.

Q. May an agency request funds for general operating expenses?
A. No. Not at this time.

Q. Is there an address to which we may write if we have additional questions?
A. Yes. Mader Foundation c/o Midwest Trust Company, 5901 College Blvd Ste 100, Overland Park, KS 66211.