2020 Elm Acres Foundation Grant Applications Now Available

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Elm Acres Foundation At-Risk Youth grant application is now available through May 11, 2020. The Elm Acres Foundation provides grants for nonprofit programs and services for at-risk youth. This year's grant application can be found on the Elm Acres Foundation page of our website and is due by May 11, 2020.

Keep reading to learn more about Elm Acres Foundation At-Risk Youth grants.

What is the Elm Acres Foundation?

The purpose of the Elm Acres Foundation, Inc. is to provide support to at-risk youth in the Southeast Kansas community (Crawford, Cherokee and Labette Counties), including supporting any entities that provide services for at-risk youth.

What are Elm Acres Foundation At-Risk Youth grants?

Since 2017, the Elm Acres Foundation has provided an annual grant cycle for programs and services for at-risk youth through the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas. In 2019, the Elm Acres Foundation awarded $19,387 to six organizations, with the amount of each grant ranging from $3,000 to $6,205.

The Elm Acres Foundation is interested in new, sustainable projects. Preference will be given to projects that will continue to sustain themselves once funding has been received or are one-time projects, and that have not been submitted to the Elm Acres Foundation previously.

The Elm Acres Foundation does not fund salaries or Capital Improvement Projects, defined as a permanent structural change or the restoration of some aspect of a property.

Past projects that received a grant from the Elm Acres Foundation include:

  • Special Olympics Kansas sponsored "Unified Bocce for Southeast Kansas," which allowed bocce teams to be established in SEK high schools allowing for adaptive physical involvement.
  • The Family Resource Center funded the Crawford County Diaper Stock project to provide diapers and wipes for low-income families with infants and toddlers in Crawford County.
  • Wesley House provided career development for students or job-seekers with disabilities.
  • Ronald McDonald House of the Four States developed a Teen Parent Resource Library for teenage parents with materials on parenting and life skills.
  • The Partnership for All Cherokee County Children assisted at-risk middle- and high-school-aged youth in state custody or foster care with the purchase of items needed to participate in extracurricular school activites and graduation.

For a full list of 2019 grant recipients, see our Elm Acres Foundation page.

Who can apply for Elm Acres Foundation grants?

Elm Acres Foundation grants are only available for 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions, units of government, and religious organizations. If you're uncertain whether your group or organization is eligible for a grant from the Elm Acres Foundation, please contact us for help.

How to apply for an Elm Acres Foundation At-Risk Youth grant

To apply for an Elm Acres Foundation grant, download the grant application (downloads Word document) from our website. Because our office is temporarily closed, once you've completed the application, return it to CFSEK via email to Sherri Stephens. Your application should be typed and should include:

  • Proof of nonprofit status if not already on file with CFSEK;
  • Your organization's mission statement; and
  • A list of your organization's Board of Directors.

Applications must be returned to CFSEK by May 11, 2020.


Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund 2020 Grant Applications Are Now Available

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund grant application is now available through May 15, 2020. The Women's Health Fund provides grants through its two giving circles for nonprofit projects that further the Fund's mission of improving women's health and well-being. This year's grant application can be found on the Women's Giving Circle page or the Circle of Friends page of our website and is due by May 15, 2020.

Keep reading to learn more about Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund grants.

What is the Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund?

The Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund is composed of two giving circles, the Women's Giving Circle (WGC) and the Circle of Friends (COF). The WGC was established in 2007, and the COF was created in 2013.

The mission of the Women's Health Fund is to "improve the health and well-being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women."

What are Women's Health Fund grants?

Each year, members of the WGC and COF review grant applications and approve grants for programs that further the Women's Health Fund’s mission. Grants of $2,000 or less are made by the COF, and grants of more than $2,000 are made by the WGC. Since their creation, the two giving circles have granted more than $250,000 for women's health programs.

Past projects that received a grant from the Women's Health Fund include:

  • The Pittsburg State University School of Nursing purchased "Pediatric Hal," a pediatric-patient simulator.
  • The Community Health Center of SEK developed and launched the "Mammograms Save Lives" breast-cancer-screening campaign.
  • Angels Among Us helped SEK cancer patients with any and all financial needs throughout their treatment process.
  • Through its "Healthy Family Bonds" program, Fostering Connections provided mental-health services to foster parents and other family members for increased family bonding.
  • The Crawford County Health Department provided space for breastfeeding families to nurse or express breastmilk at public events through the Lactation Station.

For a full list of 2019 grant recipients, see our Women's Giving Circle and Circle of Friends pages.

Who can apply for Women's Health Fund grants?

Women's Health Fund grants are only available for 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, units of government, and religious organizations. If you're uncertain whether your group or organization is eligible for a grant from the Women's Health Fund, please contact us for help.

How to apply for a Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund grant

To apply for a Women's Health Fund grant, download the grant application (downloads Word document) from our website. Because our office is temporarily closed, once you've completed the application, return it to CFSEK via email to Sherri Stephens. Your application should be typed and should include:

  • Proof of nonprofit status if not already on file with CFSEK;
  • Your organization's mission statement; and
  • A list of your organization's Board of Directors.

Applications must be returned to CFSEK by May 15, 2020.


Disaster Relief Fund: COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on our health, the businesses we rely upon, the strength of the global economy, and the way we live our daily lives. As we all continue to navigate through these challenging times, we want you to know that the Community Foundation is here to help as we all work together for our community.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas has activated the Disaster Relief Fund for donations. The Disaster Relief Fund makes grants to non-profits to address needs caused by COVID-19 in our local communities.

To donate on-line, click the Donate Now button and select Disaster Relief Fund from the dropdown menu.

In addition to online donations, you can write a check payable to CFSEK and mail it to 100 S. Broadway, Suite 100, Pittsburg, KS  66762.  Please write COVID-19 on the memo line of your check.   

Reasons to make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund – COVID -19 relief

  1. We can grant to any 501(c)(3) non-profit, city or county government, educational institution, or church responding to the effects of COVID-19.
  2. We have a personal connection with many charities in the counties we serve.  We will utilize our relationships with local community officials and our charitable organizations to determine the greatest need throughout the crisis.

Your donation will be serving the greatest need in our community!  We are all in this together!

 


CFSEK Office Temporarily Closed

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As a precautionary measure, effective Thursday, March 26th, 2020, the Community Foundation office will be closed until further notice.

To do our part in social distancing and flattening the curve of the COVID-19 virus, staff are working remotely from home or having limited, staggered hours in the office. Although the office is closed, we are continuing the daily work of the Foundation, processing transactions and doing most of our normal business activity.

You can still contact staff by email using the addresses on our Contact Us page. If you call the office and get our voicemail, you'll hear a temporary phone number you can use if you need to speak to us by phone. 

To learn more about how the Community Foundation is responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, see "Disaster Relief Fund: COVID-19."

The Community Foundation staff and Board of Trustees hope you and your families stay safe and healthy!


2020 Grant Applications for Get Busy Livin' Foundation Now Available

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin' (GBL) Foundation grant application is now available through March 31. The GBL Foundation provides grants of up to $500 for nonprofit projects that support youth volunteerism. This year's grant application can be found on the GBL Youth Volunteerism page of our website and is due by March 31, 2020.

Keep reading to learn more about GBL Foundation grants.

What is the Get Busy Livin' Foundation?

As explained by the GBL Foundation website, the Foundation:

was established in 2011 to provide support for individuals and groups that embody the values that Dylan pursued: adventure, fitness, curiosity, generosity and a daily zest for life experiences. The GBL Foundation is determined to break down the boundaries that keep people from living life to the fullest, whether those boundaries be social, economical or imaginary.

Since 2013, the Get Busy Livin' Foundation has offered scholarships administered by CFSEK to graduates of local high schools. And since 2016, the GBL Foundation has offered grants to eligible organizations to support youth-volunteerism activities.

What are GBL Foundation grants?

GBL Foundation grants provide up to $500 in reimbursement for future activities related to youth volunteerism. Examples of projects that may qualify for a grant include trash pickup, maintaining neighborhood parks, cleaning homes for the elderly, assisting at hospitals or nursing homes, working on recycling projects, and others. Importantly, only future projects can receive grants, and grant funds are disbursed only after the proposed project is completed and an Activity Completion Form has been submitted.

Past projects that received a GBL Foundation grant include:

  • The Pitt Chapel youth group made door-to-door deliveries of Easter baskets.
  • 8th-grade students from Northeast created a book box for the City of Arma.
  • Erie High School leadership coordinated and sponsored a Southeast Kansas Special Olympics track and field event.
  • Fostering Connections provided a fun night out at The Cheer Pitt and Frontenac swimming pool for foster and adoptive families.
  • The Wilidcat Extension Foundation made and donated cage comforters for the SEK Humane Society through the Kids Care Sewing Camp.

For a full list of 2019 GBL-Foundation-grant recipients, see our GBL Youth Volunteerism page.

Who can apply for GBL Foundation grants?

GBL Foundation grants are only available for 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, units of government, and religious organizations. Examples of eligible organizations include Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, FFA chapters, church youth groups, school clubs, YMCA, nonprofit sports organizations, and so on. If you're uncertain whether your group or organization is eligible for a grant from the GBL Foundation, please contact CFSEK for help.

How to apply for a GBL Foundation grant

To apply for a GBL Foundation grant, download the grant application (downloads Word document) from our website. After you've completed the application, return it to CFSEK with a copy of your organization's IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, if we don't already have it on file. (Churches, schools, and government agencies do not need to provide a determination letter.) Applications can be dropped off at the CFSEK office in the basement of the Commerce Bank building in Pittsburg, mailed to our P.O. Box, or emailed to sherri.stephens@southeastkansas.org.

Applications must be returned to CFSEK by March 31, 2020.