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Good work has its own rewards for several Kansas communities

PRIDE program provides funding for projects.

Highland signReleased: Nov. 10, 2015

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Medical researcher Jonas Salk once said, “I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

That attitude is present in cities and towns across Kansas and in some cases, the work they are doing is being rewarded. For their efforts in improving their communities, volunteer groups in six towns have been awarded Partners in PRIDE funds by the Kansas PRIDE program. Each community will receive $1,100 to help fund a specific project.

The Kansas PRIDE program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas PRIDE, Inc. Through the program, communities identify what they want to preserve, create or improve for the future. Volunteers form a local PRIDE organization that works with K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce to accomplish its goals.

The fall 2015 Partners in PRIDE award projects include:

  • Ashland PRIDE – Pavilion lighting project;
  • Highland PRIDE – AME Church restoration;
  • Lecompton PRIDE – Activity room update;
  • McFarland PRIDE – Park sidewalk and parking;
  • Randolph PRIDE – Park restroom renovation; and
  • Rossville PRIDE – Volleyball court expansion. 

Partners in PRIDE grants are mini-grants intended to be used by local PRIDE communities to address a need that has been identified through a community planning process. The grants are provided by Kansas PRIDE, Inc., as a one-to-one match with communities that can provide funding or sweat equity for up to the maximum amount of $2,000 per project. Partners in PRIDE grant applications are available in two rounds of funding per year. To date, nearly $47,000 has been awarded for PRIDE community projects.

More information about Kansas PRIDE and how Kansas communities can be involved is available on the website, on Facebook or by calling 785-532-5840.

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K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
mlpeter@ksu.edu
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Jaime Menon – Kansas PRIDE Program at K-State Research and Extension – 785-532-5840