The Community Foundation General Grant Cycle

Annually, the Foundation Grant Review Committee  funds programs  focusing on Basic Human Needs, Youth Activities, and Arts & Culture. Since 2004, the  funds directly managed by the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas have funded thousands of dollars to numerous southeast Kansas non-profit projects. In 2016, over $100,000 was granted to support projects in Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, and Neosho counties in SEK Kansas. Contact the Foundation office, 620-231-8897, for grant application information.


2016 Community Foundation Grants








Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition, Inc. supports rent & utility assistance so families can stay in their homes.

Bourbon County Senior Citizen’s, Inc. will be subsidizing the cost of transportation for low income individuals.

Catholic Charities, Inc. will provide one-time financial assistance to families with children at risk of eviction or cut-off of essential home utilities that will prevent imminent homelessness of the family.

CLASS LTD plans to assist residents of CK, CR, and LB counties with intellectual disabilities who have emergency food, shelter or clothing needs.

First United Methodist Church, Wesley House will provide coats to children this winter.

First United Methodist Church, Wesley House will assist 100 individuals to obtain proper identification.

Hannah’s Promise Pregnancy Life Center is to provide resources and education to parents of infants and toddlers.

Labette Center for Mental Health Services, Inc. will offer Mental Health First Aid training.

Labette County Emergency Assistance Center provides emergency basic human service needs to low-income individuals and families in financial crisis.

Mount Carmel Foundation through the Prescription Assistance Program assists patients in paying for medications.

Safe Haven Outreach Mission needs to purchase beds for homeless individuals.

Salvation Army will purchase a laptop and mobile hotspot to be used during home visits as part of the Pathway of Hope program.

Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging provides meals for senior citizens.

Shirley Yeager Animal Friends Foundation will utilize funds for the Healthy Pets, Healthy Families program.

Tri-Valley Developmental Services, Inc. has plans to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator for one of its service centers.

Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund provides one time grants per year to women in a time of need who are not eligible for services from any other agencies.




Big Top Education Center Inc. will purchase the Playbook Curriculum.

Center Bethel Church provided school supplies and backpacks for Kindergarten students in school districts USD 506, 503 and St. Patrick’s in Parsons, KS.

Center for the Learning Tree Institute provides discounted funding to school districts for the Exploration Summer Program for at-risk students.

Cherokee County K-State Research & Extension outreach program Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes serve underserved children.

Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. will purchase P.S. It’s My Body Personal Safety Curriculum and expand services with Labette County partners.

City of Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Dept. will purchase equipment for the Schlanger Park basketball court renovation.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas Inc. will work with low income rural families through Weight Matters to optimize children’s health.

Erie Community Foundation, Inc. plans to add accessible parking and sidewalks at the Erie Dinosaur Park.

Family Resource Center will use technology to integrate literacy and numeracy through the purchase of ipads.

Frontenac United Methodist Church will purchase needed equipment for the Kids After School Program and the Intergenerational Enrichment Program.

Horses of Hope Riding Center, Inc. will provide sponsorships to the Trail of Hope sensory trail for special needs students.

Interlocal 637 Community Based Instruction Program in Pittsburg Community Schools is establishing a Kids in the Kitchen teaching program.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. will hold a series of events as a strategy to increase match retention in Crawford County.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. will implement a series of match events in Labette County.

Kansas Kids @ Gear Up will provide attendance to ‘Road to Success’ workshops at PSU for low income students.

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes will produce Project Based Learning Guides.

Miners Hall Museum will provide educational resources through the Traveling Trunk program.

Northeast Unified School District will purchase the Leader in Me character leadership curriculum.

Pittsburg Public Library will continue the Young Author/Illustrator Program to local elementary students.

Southeast Kansas Career & Technical Education Center of Crawford County will purchase permanent chairs for their educational environment.

Special Olympics Kansas (Pittsburg affiliate) will support the Exercise 4 Life Program which is an incentive based exercise program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. have plans to purchase equipment and materials to develop a sensory room for children.

USD 250 George Nettels Elementary will launch the Royals Scholastic Victory Program to promote STEM learning.

USD 250 Lakeside Elementary will develop play activities for the development of small and large motor skills.

 Fort Scott Area Community Foundation   This foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.  They received a grant to supplement their granting program providing more for youth oriented programs for the area they serve.

Girard Area Community Foundation  This foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.  They received a grant to supplement their granting program providing more of youth oriented programs for the area they serve.




 Mother to Mother Ministry will provide a family educational field trip to Exploration Place in Wichita, KS.

 USD 250 PHS Theatre will implement Horton Reads-Do You? A reading literacy program between the Seussical cast and elementary students.


Whether you're a potential donor, a professional advisor, a local nonprofit director, or someone who's simply concerned about the future of Kansas, connecting with your local community foundation is the first step toward a better tomorrow for your community