The YMCA of Greater Kansas City was recently awarded a $250,240 grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 21st Century Community Centers Continuation (CCLC) Grant to support before and after school learning and summer learning loss prevention programming. The support of the 21st Century Community Centers Continuation Grant will support the salaries and benefits of the staff who lead the high quality learning programs at Indian Creek Elementary Y-Club and Red Bridge Elementary Y-Club.

Baptist Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation (BTLLF) was recently awarded a $240,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (now the Health Forward Foundation), Safety Net to support the Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet. Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet (KCMC) began in 2005. The program partners with existing social service agencies to provide access to crisis-related medical services using a voucher system. The program is unique in that no other program in the region provides access to so many different types of services with such a broad geographic impact.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Kauffman Foundation to support activities in summer learning loss prevention programs over the next two summers. Six hundred sixty (660) rising first through fifth graders, identified by their principal as most at-risk of falling behind their peers in reading over the summer, will participate in the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s (Y) Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program (SLLP) over the next two summers. The Y will host four program sites (280 youth) in 2017 and five sites (380 youth) in 2018 at predominately low-income schools. The Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention program is a six-week, evidence-based and literacy-focused intervention designed to increase reading scores of low income children.

Today I woke up and read about how FBI offices are setting up food banks to help other staff who aren’t getting paid.  When times are bad, we depend on each other and nonprofit organizations for a safety net – food pantries, clothing closets, rent and utility assistance, medication assistance, nonprofit hospital emergency rooms, and the list goes on. But the reality is, most truly sustainable nonprofits have some form of government funding. Why is that? Because like individuals with retirement accounts, nonprofits have been advised to have balanced income streams so if one income stream fails, they aren’t completely wiped out. But this means that while the government is down, not only do nonprofits have more people coming to their door, they are being affected by the shutdown with one of their revenue streams minimized or eliminated.

reStart, Inc. recently received a grant for $137,300 from the Kansas City Consolidated Plan Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to move homeless and chronically homeless persons off the streets and into emergency shelter or permanent housing and to provide assistance and support to prevent future homelessness.

reStart, Inc. recently received a grant for $125,876 from the Kansas City Emergency Solutions Grant to provide ESGP funded Rapid Rehousing assistance and financial aid to a minimum of 14 families coming from the Family Emergency Shelter and the streets.  reStart will also serve six youth coming from the Youth Emergency Shelter and the streets. ESGP money will provide $60,200 in direct client assistance for our Family Shelter in the form of rent payments, application fees, moving costs, and security and utility deposits. ESGP money will also support 50% of salary costs for reStart’s Rapid Rehousing Coordinator.  Funds will allow these vulnerable families to exit the program or get off the streets into permanent housing within 30 days or less.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City was recently awarded a $123,096 grant from the United Way of Greater Kansas City, Quality Matters to support financial subsidies for families who struggle to afford for their children to participate in Y-Club. The Y is enrolling more youth in Y Club from families struggling to pay for childcare.  United Way funding allows us to add more children at the lower, subsidized rates.

You can’t watch, listen to, or read any major news outlet without hearing about the federal government shutdown. There are many things being talked about already in the news like which federal offices are closed or affected. These include the departments of AgricultureCommerceJusticeHomeland SecurityHousing and Urban Development, the InteriorState, the Treasury. But other less-known offices like the National Science Foundation are also closed. Two vital pieces of information on what this means today:
  1. If grant opportunities (RFPs) have already been posted with a due date, the due dates stand. gov is still open.  You still have to turn in your grant on time.
  2. If you are waiting to hear about the result of a grant, you will need to keep waiting. There is no one there. Even offices which remained open for a couple of weeks with contingency funds from user fees, leftover funds, and other revenue have closed. New grant opportunities are not being released.

KidsTLC, Inc. recently received a grant for $100,000 from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (now the Health Forward Foundation), Mental Health Grant to support the implementation of a new electronic medical records (EMR) program which will improve data analysis and care coordination. Funding will support contract work to Netsmart for the creation of the system tailored to KidsTLC’s programs.