Success Stories

Raytown C-2 School District (RQS) recently received a grant for $384,000 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Homeless Children and Youth Grant Program (MO DESE) to provide services that ensure students currently experiencing homelessness have equal access to education without barriers including academic support which will lead to academic achievement, removal of enrollment obstacles, and assurance that policies and procedures are fair and do not negatively impact them because of their homelessness.

ReDiscover was recently awarded a $80,000 grant from Jackson County COMBAT Match to reach “hard-to-treat” individuals living in Jackson County, MO who are involved with the family and criminal justice systems and need concurrent substance use treatment, mental health treatment, and supportive services.  Services will promote recovery from substance use and mental health diagnoses that supports safe, stable communities.

Powell Gardens was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Ash Grove Charitable Foundation to launch Fun and Games: Come Play in the Gardens.  This summer exhibition will feature kid-friendly areas for climbing, digging, swinging, and playing make-believe. The highlight of this summer exhibition will be four new nature-themed play areas throughout the Gardens that spotlight pollinators and woodland creatures and their habitats.

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) recently received a grant for $50,000 from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation to support the KCAI Fund and ArtPop. Funding from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation will be divided equally between the college’s annual fund initiatives and a presenting sponsorship of ArtPop, the biennial fundraising event. The KCAI Fund helps to close the gap between student tuition and the actual costs to educate our students, while ArtPop raises money specifically for scholarships and making an art and design education affordable for families.

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) was recently awarded a $145,031 grant from Clay County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board (DDRB) to support their Early Intervention Program (EIP). CCVI’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) serves children from birth to three with developmental disabilities residing in Clay County, Missouri. The EIP provides regularly scheduled home-based instruction, therapies, and center-based evaluations of the infant and toddler’s developmental progress, beginning as soon as the child is diagnosed until the child’s third birthday. The program offers a comprehensive, individualized educational and therapy program for infants and toddlers who have significant visual impairments that impact learning and development.

KidsTLC was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the Sarli Foundation to support agency growth and sustainability. KidsTLC will be making numerous technology upgrades to support their electronic health records software as well as improvements in staff recruitment and retention. Operating support allows KidsTLC to provide services to all families in need, regardless of their ability to pay.