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Kansas communities receive funding from the Kansas PRIDE program

Partners in PRIDE grants go to five community organizations

Larned flagReleased: April 21, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – “Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” -- Helen Dyer

The Kansas PRIDE program has awarded Partner in PRIDE grants to five local PRIDE organizations.

  • Grainfield was awarded $1,295 for signage.

  • Larned was awarded $1,050 for Larned pool seating.

  • Lenora was awarded $1,400 for website and park renovations.

  • Leonardville was awarded $1,400 for entrance signage

  • Lucas was awarded $1,400 for Lucas Travel Plate restoration.

Through the Kansas PRIDE 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.

“Kansas PRIDE is a volunteer-led organization. This funding helps provide Communities of Excellence with the opportunity to apply for funding for projects that help meet the goals of their community vision,” said Jaime Menon, extension assistant for community development in the PRIDE program. “Each community has its own unique structure, culture, and assets, and Kansas PRIDE volunteers work to bring out the best in their communities and promote what they have to offer. Through the work of these volunteers, Kansas communities continue to thrive and be a great place to live and raise a family.”

The Partners in PRIDE (PIP) Grant is a funding opportunity provided by Kansas PRIDE, Inc. as a one-to-one match with communities that can provide funding up to the maximum amount of $2,000 per project for PRIDE Communities that qualify. PIP grant applications are available in two rounds of funding per year. To date nearly $50,000 has been awarded to PRIDE Community projects. 


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:
Madison Blevins

For more information:
Jaime Menon - 785-532-5840 or PRIDE@ksu.edu