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31 get grants from foundation

$108,236 in awards finalized

By Jelani Yancey

A Manhattan organization is awarding more than $100,000 in grants to 31 non-profit organizations seeking to meet local needs.

The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation recently approved the awarding of its “Grants for Greater Manhattan,” totaling $108,236.

Foundation officials were scheduled to hold a ceremony for the awarding of grants today.

The foundation, which is essentially a mechanism through which donors can give money to the community, has existed since 2000. It hands out these grants annually, and also makes grants to youth-led initiatives in the fall, officials say. A local committee, headed this year by Karen McCulloh, receives grant applications and makes recommendations to the foundation’s board, which is also made up of local residents.

The board president this year is Dennis Mullin.

The list of grant recipients, the projects they’re pursuing, and the amount of money they were awarded is published in today’s Mercury on page A4.

The largest single grant was for $10,000 to the Flint Hills Community Clinic – a free medical clinic – to support a diabetes management program. McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University won a $7,500 grant to help put on “free live art experiences” for children in grades K-6. The kids will get to see “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Walk On: The Rosa Parks Story.” One example of a smaller grant: St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center got $500 to buy games that students will play with residents of the Stoneybrook retirement home to “enhance memory and socialization skills.”









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