CFSEK General Funds 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 2019, more than $131,000 was granted to support projects in Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, and Neosho counties in southeast Kansas. 

General Funds grant applications for 2020 were due by June 30. If you have any questions or would like additional information about our General Funds grants, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.




  • Beacon, Inc. plans to upgrade their food band equipment with the purchase of a new freezer.
  • Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition, Inc. will support rent and utility assistance so families can stay in their homes and provide affordable family swim passes.  
  • Catholic Charities, Inc. will continue to assist families with children who are in financial need through the Neighborhood Financial Stabilization Project.
  • Class Ltd plans to assist residents of CK, CR, and LB counties with intellectual disabilities who have emergency food, shelter or clothing needs.  
  • Eastern Kansas Adult Education through Neosho Community college will assist provide GED testing scholarships.
  • Friends of Recovery Association will be able to purchase supplies for an additional Pittsburg Oxford House.
  • Labette Community College Adult Education will add three iPads for their Begin a New U program.
  • Labette County Emergency Assistance Center provides emergency basic human service needs to low-income individuals and families in financial crisis to prevent utility disconnection and utility assistance.  
  • Labette Health foundation received funds toward the Independence Telemedicine project.
  • Mount Carmel Foundation will be able to assist Fort Scott emergency department patients enroute to other hospitals with a Portable Ventilator that provides noninvasive ventilation.  
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church will grow the church Community Food Pantry.
  • Safe Haven Outreach Mission is replacing and improving refrigerator and freezer space at the shelter.
  • SEK Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund plans to offer Respite & Relief to caregivers of debilitated loved ones in our community.
  • Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging will provide area seniors with incontinence supplies.
  • TFI Family Services, Inc.will be adding Calming and Comfort rooms in the Pittsburg offices.
  • Women’s Resource Center of SEK received funds to purchase a new examination table.


  • Cherry Street Youth Center will be rejuvenating their playground and outside spaces.
  • City of Edna made playground improvements in the city park.
  • City of Pittsburg Parks and Recreation received funding for Youth Enrichment Activities at the Farmer’s Market.
  • Coffeyville Regional Medical center received funds for Pediatric Wellness Screening equipment.
  • Curious Minds Discovery Zone Inc. funding is for a Robotics Club.
  • Family Resource Center will use funding for the expansion of their Pre-K programming.
  • First United Methodist Church Fort Scott will use funds toward playground improvements.
  • Fostering connections will provide a Family Fun Night-Back to School event for children in foster care and their families.
  • Good Shepherd Child Care Center will purchase and provide a new Instilling Excellence in Education curriculum.
  • Gordon Parks Center for Culture & Diversity will be implementing Interactive Technology for Youth and Young Adults at the center.
  • Horses Of Hope Riding Center, Inc. funds will go toward the development of the HOPE Arena.
  • Kids First Day Care & Preschool needs a carpet update.
  • K-State Research & Extension Wildcat Extension Education Foundation will provide a free book to all children through the Unplug to Connect Parents University.
  • KVC Behavioral Health, Inc. will provide backpacks and school supplies to children in their care for the 2019/2020 school year.
  • Learning Tree Institute at Greenbush is expanding their culinary arts training program.
  • Northeast USD 246 is developing Technology for the Counseling program.
  • Northeast USD 246 will purchase a 3D Printer to be added to their curriculum for STEM education.
  • Ozark Trails Council will add fishing and sporting equipment for the area Boy Scouts programming.
  • Pittsburg Family YMCA will offer support to those who need assistance for lunch and field trips as part of their Adventure Camp program.
  • Pittsburg Public Library will continue the young author/illustrator program to local elementary students.  
  • PSU School of Nursing will provide a pediatric patient simulator for nursing students.
  • RV Haderlein Elementary plans to build an accessible playground area for students and the public.
  • Safehouse Crisis Center needs an upgrade to their playground equipment for the children of families receiving services.
  • SEK Interlocal 637 funds will help develop a handicap accessible playground area at the new special education center in Cherokee county.
  • Special Olympics Kansas will develop an outdoor skills unified program for the SEK area.
  • Spring River Mental Health & Wellness will purchase basketball carts and basketballs for client use in their wellness center.
  • The Salvation Army will improve the playground area with a new playset.
  • USD 234 Fort Scott is planning a student driven Courtyard Redesign at Fort Scott High School.
  • USD 234 Fort Scott Winfield Elementary will create a Makerspace for STEAM education.
  • USD 250 will provide flexible seating to 8th grade students at PCMS.
  • USD 250 Lakeside Elementary will add two locations to their Route 66 fieldtrip as part of a project based learning experience.
  • USD 506 Meadow View needs new playground equipment following the addition of a storm shelter.
  • Victory Life CHURCH added back to school clothes to the Back to School Haircut event.
  • Fort Scott Area Community Foundation   This foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.  They received a grant to supplement their local granting program providing for youth oriented programs for the Fort Scott area.
  • 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 for youth oriented programs for  Girard and the surrounding area.

Arts & Culture

  • Miners Hall Museum received funds to enhance their displays and archive area.

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