$117,000 bound for 26 local organizations

By The Mercury

Twenty-six local organizations are putting more than $117,000 in grants to use after the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation announced them as recipients in the annual distribution of Grants for Greater Manhattan.

The community foundation distributed a record amount to the non-profit organizations, which competed to obtain the grants with a wide variety of projects. Three projects earned the max $10,000 grant:  the Flint Hills Community Clinic, for a project to help people with pulmonary disease; the Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp, for afternoon activities for participants in the camp for kids with autism-spectrum disorders; and McCain Auditorium, to present free live art experiences for K-12 kids.

The Grants for Greater Manhattan program is one of several administered by the community foundation, which is essentially a mechanism through which donors can give money to benefit the community. The foundation says it exists to “improve the quality of our communities by connecting donors to needs they care about.” Money for this particular grants program comes from earnings on investments by the foundation.

Here are the recipients:

—Audubon of Kansas: Support to transform a mile of highway near Manhattan into a display of native grasses & wildflowers, $5,000.

—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manhattan. Support to recruit more volunteers in the KSU Greek system to mentor youth, $4,500.

—Community Chamber Orchestra. Support to provide affordable concerts for family audiences in North Central Kansas, $300.

—Crisis Center. Support to provide expert attention to children of domestic violence, $8,897.

—Flint Hills Breadbasket. Support to provide perishable food items including milk, butter, and eggs to the agency’s clients, $6,000.

—Flint Hills Community Clinic. Support for COPD to improve health of patients by educating and engaging them in self-management, provide medical supervision and free medications, $10,000.

—Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation. Support for Fort Riley Welcome Voucher Program to welcome active- duty soldiers & family members to Flint Hills by offering free admission to the Discovery Center to explore for a day, $3,500.

—Flint Hills EAA Chapter 1364. Support to purchase parts, materials, and contract labor to begin restoration of youth aviation education project airplane, $6,500.

—Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp. This teacher-led summer camp benefits elementary-aged children with autism-spectrum disorders, as well as a select group of typically developed peer models. Funding support for Afternoon Adventures - safe, structured opportunities every afternoon (swimming, gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, dance, and yoga), $10,000.

—Friends of Konza Prairie (KSU Foundation). Provide funds for the purchase of a portable audio system to help with Konza Environmental Education Program, $1,150.

—Intergenerational Clearinghouse and Resource Education Center (I.C.A.R.E.) Support for “Meet, Greet, and Serve Innovative Intergenerational Program,” to build youth and social development through relationships with older adults throughout the school year, $1,300.

—Kansas Legal Services, Inc. Support for technology upgrades for Kansas Legal Services to increase efficiency and effectiveness of service provided to low income Kansans, $2,600.

—Kansas Pediatric Foundation. Support for TAP-TAM program at Pediatric Associates of Manhattan. Promote literacy by giving books to children, age 6 months - 5 years, $2,500.

—KSU Golf Course Management and Research Foundation. Support to purchase necessary golf equipment, teaching aids, and supplies to accommodate growing number of participants in First Tee program, $4,000.

—Manhattan Arts Center. Support for various youth programs: Summer, Christmas and Kindermusik-Camp MAC: Summer Story Adventure, A Christmas Carol, Kindermusik with Sarah Szopinski, $7,150.

—Manhattan Royal Family Kids Camp. One week camp provided free of charge to area foster children age 7-11. Support cost of leasing the camp and providing food for campers, $4,000.

—McCain Auditorium. Support for McCain Auditorium to present free live art experiences for children K-12, $10,000.

—Mid-West Educational Center, Inc. (DBA Wonder Workshop). Support for pre-school and science exhibit materials to be used at Wonder Workshop, $3,000.

—Morning Star, Inc. Support for technology upgrade for 3 new desktop computers, $2,693.91.

—Riley County Community Corrections. Support for Adult Services Program. Grant money will be used for mental health/psychological evaluations, medication evaluations and prescription assistance, $4,000.

—Riley County EMS (Mercy Health Foundation, Inc.) Support purchase of child safety seats provided at no cost to low income parents and families, $1,000.

—RSVP of the Flint Hills. Funding for Volunteer Outreach Program - peer-to-peer support and health and nutrition programs, $2,000.

—Shepherd’s Crossing. Support to provide prescription medications to uninsured/underinsured. Emphasis on those living on disability income who do not meet SRS standards for Medicaid prescription coverage, $4,000.

—Sunflower CASA Project, Inc. Funding for CASA Flex Training to recruit & train volunteers using the National CASA Assoc. flex learning curriculum. Combines online and in-person learning, $4,797.

—Teen Reach Adventure Camp (TRAC). Support for program for teens 12-15 years old in state foster care system who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, $5,000.

—UFM Community Learning Center. Support for Project EXCELL, which provides personal enrichment and life skill classes to students 18 and older with developmental disabilities, classes conducted on KSU campus, $3,150.

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