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Kansas Volunteer Commission awards $30,000 in mini-grants
Local programs propose strategies to recruit and retain more Kansans as volunteers.
TOPEKA, KS – The Kansas Volunteer Commission is pleased to announce more than $30,000 in awards to Kansas organizations in Volunteer Generation Fund mini- grants.
The purpose of the Volunteer Generation Fund is to increase the number of people who serve in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across Kansas. As more Kansans are finding themselves in need of assistance, more Kansans are also stepping forward to accept the challenge to make a difference. To help organizations meet the needs of their communities and develop pathways of volunteerism, the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) hosted a mini-grant competition addressing four priority areas:
•Engaging adult volunteers in K-12 education
•Leveraging pro bono and/or skilled volunteers
•Volunteer engagement projects
Recipients were selected based upon innovative approaches, size and scope of projects and the organization’s readiness to implement the project. A total of 54 applications requesting over $190,000 were submitted; 9 applicants were chosen for a total of $31,490 in awards.
Kansas Volunteer Commission
Volunteer Generation Fund Recipients
ORGANIZATION PROGRAM COMMUNITY AWARD
Southwestern College Elementary, Middle and High School Leadership Development Winfield, KS $1,171
Kansas Family Partnership, Inc Kansas Youth Leadership Summit Training Statewide $4,750
Donnelly College Literacy Outreach in Urban Districts Kansas City, KS $4,9250
City of Topeka Police Department Volunteers in Police Service in the Schools Topeka, KS $2,400
Harvey County Health Department 5 Gallons of Preparedness Newton, KS $2,713
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Kansas Farmers Market Assessment Project Statewide $3,374
RSVP of the Flint Hills, Inc Military Moral Support Services Manhattan, KS $5,000
Center for Learning Tree Institute Building Stronger Futures through Character Education Southeast Kansas $5,000
The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is to empower all Kansans to meet community needs through service. The KVC provides grant funding, training, and support to Kansas non-profit organizations, while also administering federal funding to the AmeriCorps programs throughout the state. For more information on the Volunteer Generation Fund or other KVC programs, please visit www.kanserve.org.