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 Ministries (MLM) was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation to support renovations to their Northland Community Service Center. A new Service Center for MLM will be built to increase MLM's ability to serve the Northland community. The new Northland Service Center will be a visible and strong anchor in North Kansas City, and a beacon to those in economic crisis who need a lifeline.  A new 4,300 square foot Service Center will be created through a renovation of the former sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church.  Over 3,460 square feet of the former sanctuary will be renovated for the new Service Center and an additional 840 square feet will be added through construction to the existing space.  This Service Center will have locations for food storage, three offices for case management, a reception and waiting room for clients, a bathroom, additional storage space, and room to grow.  A dock and ramp will be added to aid food deliveries.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $25,000 from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund to support the MLM Saturday Breakfast Program. The Saturday Breakfast Program is one of the more recently established MLM programs for the homeless and near homeless in the Kansas City metro area. The goal of this successful program is to provide a hot breakfast to people facing poverty.

Lutheran Legacy Foundation (BTLLF) recently received a grant for $10,000 from the Wyandotte Health Foundation to support Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet (KCMC). Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet facilitates better access for low-income individuals to emergency health care assistance. KCMC utilizes a voucher system to provide access to short-term emergency medical assistance in five specific areas: dental emergencies, diabetic supplies, durable medical goods (including hearing aids), prescriptions and vision care.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $15,000 from the United Way, United for Hope to support development of the Family Stability and Empowerment Initiative. The Family Stability and Empowerment Initiative is a joint initiative linking MLM's Emergency Assistance program, providing short-term food and housing stability relief, with the Learning to Earning program, providing long-term support of education and employment services.

St. Cloud State University (SCSU) was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to provide housing, customized programming, peer support and clinical services to students in recovery who are working to obtain a college degree. The SCSU Recovery Community is a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).  CRC’s provide recovery coaching, and provide linkages to a wide spectrum of resources including recovery housing and recovery-conducive education and employment. CRC’s often host recovery support meetings, or connect participants to recovery support meetings helping to facilitate their continued social participation. They also serve as sites for recovery-focused social networking, advocacy, peer support, and community service activities. CRCs at educational institutions like SCSU focus on recovery supports ranging from sober housing, on-campus recovery support groups, recovery coaching, academic mentoring, study groups, sober social activities, community service projects, and scholarships for students in recovery.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Frank & Margaret G. McGee Foundation support MLM's free Saturday Breakfast Ministries in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. MLM will use the funds from the Frank & Margaret G. McGee Fund to support MLM's free Saturday Breakfast Ministries in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. Specifically, we use these funds to buy food (scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee), supplies for the breakfast, and pay for the yearly permits, licenses and fees to host the breakfast. Funds will also be used to support the staff time supervising the volunteers and managing the program.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from United Way of Wyandotte County to support their Wyandotte Community Care Services program. Wyandotte Community Care Services provides emergency food assistance, emergency utility and housing assistance, and case management services for clients. Emergency food assistance includes a food pantry, senior commodities distribution and a Saturday morning breakfast. Utility and housing assistance includes funding to a landlord, mortgage holder, or utility provider to help stabilize the housing situation of clients. Case management includes information and referrals to additional government and community resources.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Menorah Legacy Foundation to support the Orchard and Community Garden Project. Funds will be used to purchase additional garden beds, garden gates, gourd houses, table and seating, annual supplies, composting supplies, production and distribution of the Cooking Green video, direct labor costs, and administrative overhead costs.