Two Bourbon County Non-Profits Receive Grants from Area Foundation

Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Awards $160,000 to SEK Nonprofits


The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is excited to announce General Grant Funds totaling $160,000 have been awarded to 48 nonprofit organizations in Southeast Kansas. In 2023 alone, these grants will impact 12 Southeast Kansas counties and 23 different communities.


The areas of Basic Human Needs, Youth Activities, and Arts & Culture are the focus of the CFSEK General Funds competitive grant process. Proposals for projects in these focus areas were accepted during the month of June. Submissions were reviewed, and selections for funding were completed early last month.


“We are amazed by the work of our nonprofit community in Southeast Kansas, and we are proud to support their hard work,” said Devin Gorman, CFSEK Executive Director. “These organizations provide an incredible variety of programs, services, and resources that truly improve the quality of life in our communities.”


Since 2004, competitive granting from funds directly managed by CFSEK have provided over $1.5 million to organizations throughout Southeast Kansas. Competitive granting differs from other granting provided by CFSEK, such as donor-advised grants, designated grants, field of interest grants, and others. Since its inception in 2001, CFSEK has provided over $20 million in total grant funding throughout Southeast Kansas.


The following organizations and projects were awarded funds from the 2023 General Funds grant process:


Arts & Culture – $2,200


  • Gordon Parks Museum Foundation – Support for the 20th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration
  • Olive Street Presents, LTD – “Don’t Stop Believin'” Music Programming
  • Pittsburg ArtWalk Association – Audio Equipment


Basic Human Needs – $67,800


  • Caney Valley Agape Network, Inc. – Improvements for Sustainability and Service
  • Care Cupboard Hygiene Pantry – It’s All Essential
  • Catholic Charities Inc. – Youth Homelessness Diversion Project
  • Community Food Pantry Fund – Community Food Pantry Fund
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas – Clothing Our Kids in Need
  • Crosstimbers Food Pantry Association – The Blessing Bee Lift Gate
  • DBLO Association – Continuing to Make Dreams Possible for Children in Need in SEK
  • Eden Early Learning Academy – Educational Development & Enrichment for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • The Erie United Methodist Church, Inc. – Erie Christmas Baskets/ Share the Love Valentines Bags
  • Families and Children Together Inc. – Working for Wellness
  • First Baptist Church Riverton – Share with Love Food pantry
  • First United Methodist Church Wesley House – Homeless Basic Supplies
  • Humanity House Foundation – Feeding Allen County II
  • KVC Kansas – Personal Care Items for Youth in Foster System
  • Labette County Emergency Assistance Center – Emergency Funds for Labette County Residents
  • The Lord’s Diner – The Lord’s Diner Project
  • Mosaic – Ensuring Housing Access, Safety and Security Through Emergency Funding for People with Disabilities
  • Sacred Heart Parish – Providing Fresh Produce for Our Families in Crawford County
  • Safe Haven Outreach Mission – A Good Night’s Sleep
  • Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. – Welcome Home
  • The Salvation Army – Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program 2023-2024
  • SEK Women Helping Women – Stay Safe
  • SparkWheel – Essential Services for SEK Students
  • Wesley United Methodist Church – Grab & Go Food Ministry


Youth Activities – $75,000


  • Chanute Public Library – Literacy4Littles
  • Cherry Street Youth Center, Inc. – Reading Lab – Raz Kids
  • City of Galena – City Park Splash Pad
  • City of Mulberry – Basketball Court Upgrades
  • Columbus Area Community Foundation – Youth Activities Granting
  • Curious Minds Discovery Zone, Inc. – Outdoor Shelter & Safety
  • First Baptist Church Riverton – Together Strong
  • First United Methodist Church Wesley House – Cozy Kids, Coats for Kids Program
  • Fort Scott Area Community Foundation – Youth Activities Granting
  • The Foster Closet, Inc. – Family Enrichment Events
  • Fostering Connections – Back to School Free, Familly, Fun Event
  • Girard Area Community Foundation – Youth Activities Granting
  • Happy Kids Daycare & Preschool, Inc. – Frog Street Curriculum
  • Inspire Health Foundation, Inc. – Anatomy Models and Health Resources for Students
  • Integrated Behavioral Technologies – Teen Activity Room in SEK Autism Clinic
  • Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters – Mentors and Matches
  • Pittsburg Community Theatre – Jr. Starz
  • Mary’s Colgan Schools – Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Patrick Catholic School – Continuing Student Learning Through Technology
  • SoHome Kids Foundation – Safe Space
  • Southwind Extension Education Foundation – Food, Safety, and Personal Hygiene Enhancement
  • Special Olympics Kansas – Equipment for Special Olympics Kansas SEK
  • Spring River Mental Health and Wellness – Pathfinders Summer/Fall Activities
  • USD 250 – Holiday Vespers
  • Victory Life Church – Back2School Event
  • Wilco Interagency Corporation – Early Childhood Family Engagement Opportunities


The CFSEK Board of Trustees and staff congratulate all the 2023 grant recipients!


For additional information related to CFSEK’s competitive granting opportunities, visit or call 620-231-8897.


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