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!




Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) recently received a grant for $34,980 from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Department of Aging Services to provide mental health services for clients over the age of 60. CMHS will address critical mental health issues of elderly individuals through the following services:
  • Mental health evaluation and assessment;
  • Individual therapy;
  • Group therapy;
  • Case management;
  • Information and education services; and
  • Community support services.

Developing Potential, Inc. (DPI) was recently awarded a $58,032 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to support their Access to Services Program. The program supports better health for people in the day services program, increases program participation, and improves quality of life for participants.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $18,750 from the CommunityAmerica Credit Union Foundation to support the Family Empowerment program. Metro Lutheran Ministry will use the funds from Community America Credit Union Foundation to support its Family Empowerment program. Financial literacy is a key component of this program providing initial stabilization of two months of direct weekly financial literacy instruction leading into ten months of working side-by-side with clients as they learn how to integrate what they have learned into their life.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a grant for $300,111 from the United Way of Greater Kansas City – Early Learning to support the YMCA Head Start/Early Head Start program. The YMCA Head Start/Early Head Start program provides quality early education, nutrition, and health services for income-eligible children.  The YMCA operates eight Head Start/Early Head Start programs.  These sites offer full-day care (four hours of Head Start programming) and up to seven hours of additional wraparound programming and care for children under the age of five.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund: Mental Health Levy to support rapid engagement and maintenance in mental health services. This grant focuses on identifying mental health needs of clients, establishing individualized goals with each client, reducing barriers to engagement in mental health care, and engaging treatment staff and other significant persons involved with the client in the feedback on individual progress.

KidsTLC recently received a grant for $5,000 from the Flo Harris Foundation to support the Street Outreach Services (SOS) Homeless Intervention Program. KidsTLC’s Street Outreach Services (SOS) program provides transitional aged youth (ages 16-24) as well as homeless, runaway, and at risk youth with a high level of support, as well as connections to other critical community services. SOS reaches out to youth through local school districts’ McKinney Vento liaisons as well as via a 24-hour crisis line and strategic partnerships with other youth serving agencies. Staff engage youth by providing survival aid, transportation, and life skills education with a primary goal to get any youth who needs it into permanent and rapid re-housing, or refer them on to shelter and transitional living programs as appropriate. The program strategically focuses on building trusting relationships with potential clients and providing current clients with wrap around support including case management, educational supports to earn a GED and/or be ready for college, employment support and job readiness training, financial literacy, mental health support, and rapid re-housing. KidsTLC's SOS program is the only program of its kind providing these types of services in Johnson County, Kansas, making it an essential resource for the county.

The Whole Person, Inc. was recently awarded a $1,874 grant from ArtsKC to support the Expressions Art Show.  Expressions is a visual arts exhibition that allows people with disabilities to exhibit their art which is hosted by The Whole Person and held during the First Friday art walk each May. The Whole Person will use the grant money to help as many artists as they can to prepare their work for the professional showing. Kansas City has a rich and vibrant arts community; however, too often people with disabilities do not take part because of physical, financial, or attitudinal barriers. This project helps TWP accomplish its mission by: 1) Advocating for people with disabilities by showing their artwork in a professional gallery at what is known by the community as a high quality art event. Artists have the opportunity to sell art for their own profit, encouraging independence. 2) Encouraging change in the community by providing an open event for the community to see the art of those with disabilities, thus improving their perception of the abilities of those with disabilities.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) was recently awarded a $475,000 grant from the Jackson County COMBAT Treatment Fund to support services at the George Norman Recovery Center including psycho-education groups, individual and group counseling, medication management, case management, outpatient programming, day treatment, housing and job resources.