The YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a grant for $500,000 from the Victor E. Speas Foundation towards the construction of the Downtown Y/Kirk Family Community Center. Once completed, the new Downtown Y will offer programs and amenities that have the potential to impact the health and wellness needs of individuals and families in the Kansas City community.  In addition to addressing the health needs of the community, the new Y will offer programs that help strengthen and enhance the social fabric of the community. The Y's expanded footprint will provide increased opportunities for the delivery of positive youth development programming (e.g. enrichment, mentoring and leadership programs), college and career exploration programs, and volunteer opportunities for all ages.

Developing Potential, Inc. (DPI) recently received a grant for $335,963 from eitas to support day services for adults with developmental disabilities in Jackson County. DPI’s mission is to provide quality day habilitation services to adults with developmental disabilities, and to support those individuals to reach their potential and achieve a dignified, adult lifestyle. DPI provides a Day Services program that includes both on-site activities and community access focused off-site activities.

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.