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Released: Oct. 7, 2016

Good work has its own rewards for several Kansas communities

PRIDE program names recipients of funding for projects.

Grainfield, Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – American Industrialist, Henry Ford once said “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

It’s in that spirit that Kansas PRIDE, Inc. provides start-up grants for projects that will improve local communities. The grants fall into two categories -- Growth and Action funding and Partners in PRIDE grants for Communities of Excellence.

The fall 2016 Partners in PRIDE award projects include: Grainfield PRIDE for lighting and signage; Lakin PRIDE for a flower pot project; and Lecompton PRIDE for the Ft. Titus multipurpose room project.

Partners in PRIDE grants are mini-grants intended for use by local PRIDE communities to address a need that has been identified through a community planning process, said Jaime Menon, PRIDE community development coordinator. 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. PIP grant applications are available in two rounds of funding per year. To date nearly $59,000 has been awarded to PRIDE community projects.

The fall 2016 Growth and Action Award was presented to Delia PRIDE. This year was the pilot year for Growth and Action funding to assist communities with startup and related operating expenses. Another round will be offered in the spring of 2017.

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.

More information about Kansas PRIDE and how Kansas communities can be involved is available on the website or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KansasPRIDE or by calling 785-532-5840.


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