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 2017, over $111,000 was granted to support projects in Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Neosho, and Woodson counties in SEK Kansas. Contact the Foundation office, 620-231-8897, for grant application information.



2017 Community Foundation General Funds Grants



Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition, Inc. will support rent and utility assistance so families can stay in their homes and affordable family swim passes.  

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.  

Community Health Center of SEK will purchase hearing testing equipment for low-income & uninsured adults.  

First United Methodist Church, Wesley House will provide transportation to the Social Security Office in Joplin, MO  

First United Methodist Church, Wesley House will assist 100 individuals with prescription assistance.  

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

Labette Health Foundation will assist in purchase of equipment for the Emergency Room & Rural Health Clinic being built in Independence, KS following the loss of their hospital.  

Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott will create a Helping Hands Fund to alleviate families in financial stress.  

Mount Carmel Foundation will purchase a CO2 Monitor for the Emergency Department at Via Christi hospital.  

Presbyterian Manors, Inc. will provide a Health for Life membership to the fitness center for 60+ residents resulting in better overall health.  

PSU Enactus will be able to continue efforts for Homeless Solutions in Pittsburg, KS.  

The Restorative Justice Authority will help to meet the basic needs for children and youth placed in police protective custody.  

Safe Haven Outreach Mission will stock the Operation Undergarments portion of their mission.  

Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. plans to initiate the Safehouse Garden Project at their new facility for clients and to maintain and utilize.   

Shirley Yeager Animal Friends Foundation Community Compassion Project will benefit families and animals with vaccines and sterilization.  

Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund will provide one time grants to single mothers in a time of need who are not eligible for services from any other agencies for safe & reliable transportation.  



Cherry Street Youth Center will purchase equipment for the after school program.  

Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. is updating the interview recording system for forensic interviews.  

City of Yates Center Recreation Commission is adding lights and poles to the youth ball field.  

Erie Community Foundation, Inc. will add lights and landscaping to the Erie Dinosaur Park.  

Family Resource Center is adding safety measures, a magnetic  lock for a playground gate, and supplies for the storm shelter pods.  

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

Horses of Hope Riding Center, Inc. will be now purchase a saddle & pads to continue to their mission of Living the Hope through Equine Assisted Activities.  

Interlocal 637 Community Based Instruction Program in Pittsburg Community Schools will support students with autism through structured learning.  

Learning Tree Institute at Greenbush will update technology to enhance student learning at the Science Education Center.

McCune Osage Township Library and Museum plans to add the AfterSchool Edge learning program to their library resources.  

Miners Hall Museum is expanding their exhibits with the purchase of new furniture and equipment.  

Northeast Unified School District will offer flexible seating options K-6.  

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

Sedan Public Library needs equipment for the children’s literacy summer and after school programs.  

Special Olympics Kansas (Pittsburg affiliate) will purchase supplies for the SEK Track and Field Meet.  

Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. will purchase updated curriculum for the children’s psychosocial rehabilitation groups. 

TFI Family Services, Inc. will pilot a support program for families and foster children in SEK called TFICARE.  

USD 250 Lakeside Elementary will purchase materials for the 4th grade project based learning activities.  

*USD 250 PHS will commission original music and poetry for the annual Vespers program.  

Wesley United Methodist Church will purchase needed materials for a community based intergenerational project.  

Women’s Resource Center of SEK will purchase the ‘Your Future On the Line’ to be offered to The Harbor afterschool program.  

 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.

*Received from Arts & Culture funds








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