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GMCF approves $130,000 in grants

By The Mercury

The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation will have a grants reception to give out $130,000 in funds to local organizations Monday.

The reception — open to the public — will recognize 32 grant recipients from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 612 Poyntz Ave.

The foundation’s grants committee reviewed 45 applications from nonprofit organizations, which was a record number of requests.

The executive board approved around $130,000 out of more than $300,000 in grants requested.

Foundation CEO Vern Henricks said the record-high applications represent a changing dynamic in Manhattan.

“The need for extended support is increasing in Manhattan as it grows,” he said. “The services these nonprofits provide are in greater need.”

Henricks said each recipient will explain how the grant will be used during the ceremony.

“The supporters of the organizations getting the grants will want to congratulate them,” he said.

The top five grants by amount were as follows:

Flint Hills Community Clinic — $10,000 to improve the health outcomes of patients with diabetes through self-management education, along with medical supervision and affordable and/or free medications and supplies, according to a press release from the foundation.

Flint Hills Breadbasket — $9,000 to provide perishable food items including milk, butter and eggs to clients.

Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan — $7,500 to purchase a bus equipped to transport handicapped children

Manhattan Area Technical College Foundation — $7,000 for a pilot project that tests the efficacy of using an individualized learning plan and intensive counseling model to aid GED and at-risk college students on the path to post-secondary credential completion.

RSVP of the Flint Hills — $6,000 to continue Schools of Hope in six current schools and expand to the remaining three schools in USD 383.

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