ECF announces 2016 grant recipients

The Emporia Community Foundation’s Grants Committee has selected five Emporia area non-profit organizations to receive $16,381.98 in grant funds in January 2016 for special projects as part of the foundation’s 2016 grant cycle. The ECF Grants Committee makes grants for innovative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

Grant recipients, along with their planned activities and award amounts are as follows:

  • Emporia High School Library, eBooks to promote STEM and College & Career Ready themes, $1,113,98.
  • Emporia Public Library, funds to purchase a 3D printer and cover expenses for the MakerFest event that promotes technology and hands-on learning, $2,500.
  • Kansas Children’s Service League, funds to provide Safe Sleep options and SIDS education to parents of infants and toddlers, $3,000.
  • Douglas County, funds to support the Market Match SNAP matching program for the Emporia Farmers Market, $4,528.
  • Strong City Park Committee, funding for Strong City Park renovations to include a Triple Racing slide and Chin Up Bar, $5,240.

The 2016 grant period began with applications being accepted during the month of September followed by selected organizations presenting their project need to the grants committee in November. ECF moved to one grant cycle in 2014 to allow for greater efficiencies and to be more impactful for the recipients and the community. Organizations receiving funds through this year’s application process will receive their checks in January.

For more information, contact Shirley Antes, executive director, or Loni Heinen, program officer, at 620-342-9304, or see www.emporiacf.org.

The mission of the Emporia Community Foundation is to connect caring people with causes that build stronger communities within the Emporia area, which includes, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties.

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