Grants in Action

Installation of two sensory walls at KidsTLC provides education and promote self-reliance for children with ASD who have issues with sensory processing.  Funding for this project was provided by the CPS Foundation and the Mader Family Foundation. READ MORE about this project!




Metro Lutheran Ministry (MLM) was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Ronald D. Deffenbaugh, Sr. Foundation to support enhancement of MLM’s Midtown Impact Network program through adoption of the evidence-based Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) 3 model (Local Initiative Support Corporation, 2017). FOC’s are career and personal finance service centers designed to help low- to moderate-income people focus on their financial bottom line through financial coaching, employment services, and access to income supports.

United Inner City Services (UICS) recently received a grant for $100,000 from the Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund to improve mental health outcomes for low-income children and families in Jackson County, Missouri. UICS will expand the UICS Mental Health Intervention program, essentially duplicating the existing program from St. Mark Center, to the new campus, UICS Metro Center.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a capital grant for $3,000,000 from the Sunderland Foundation to support the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center. The development plan for the Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center is well underway.  This project represents the next chapter of the health and well-being for downtown Kansas City and will allow the Y to continue providing programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Camp Fire was recently awarded a $2,500,000 grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to support the implementation of its five-year Business Plan, “Strengthening the System.” Funds from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation support the implementation of its five-year Business Plan, “Strengthening the System,” specifically funding the support of the NHQ and council leadership as the staff and national board begin addressing the Plan’s four goals:
  1. Increase Camp Fire’s brand visibility and awareness;
  2. Continue to strengthen the council system;
  3. Ensure NHQ’s long-term health and sustainability; and
  4. Continue to increase the effectiveness of the National Board of Trustees.

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.