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  • Girard group nets $300K grant

  • The Girard Area Community Foundation has been awarded a $300,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW Healthy Kansas community foundation initiative.



    The Girard Area Community Foundation is one of 14 community foundations in the state to receive this funding, and is one of 39 community foundations in Kansas involved with the GROW II program.

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  • The Girard Area Community Foundation has been awarded a $300,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW Healthy Kansas community foundation initiative.
    The Girard Area Community Foundation is one of 14 community foundations in the state to receive this funding, and is one of 39 community foundations in Kansas involved with the GROW II program.
    “This grant will match local contributions, helping us to quickly grow the Girard Area Community Foundation’s endowment over the next five years,” said Dale Coomes, foundation official. “It will also further the ideals of the Kansas Health Foundation, which are to improve the health and quality of life for all Kansans.”
    Goals of the Girard Area Community Foundation are to encourage private giving for public good, build endowments for community needs, and assist donors who seek to strengthen communities now and for future generations.  Individuals, families, businesses and organizations may all create charitable funds or contribute to the Girard Area Community Foundation.
    Coomes said that the grant money is not targeted for a specific project, but that the foundation will be developing plans for how to best promote its efforts to empower people to give back to  the community and support growth by providing financial support to area schools, libraries, youth programs, parks and other community projects.
    The Girard Area Community Foundation was established by a group of Girard residents who saw the importance of  planning for the future and the need for a means to connect those having resources with others in a  position to translate ideas for community betterment into action.
    “The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas was one of the foundations that inspired us to see the need and help promote causes near and dear to our hearts, as well as help us ensure the wonderful way of life we have in the Midwest,” Coomes said.
    The GROW (Giving Resources to Our World) Healthy Kansas community foundation initiative was launched in 1999 as a 10-year grant of the Kansas Health Foundation, with the goal of starting and strengthening community foundations in Kansas. The intent was to work with community foundations to help build local philanthropic leadership and resources that would result in long-term, sustained health improvements in communities throughout the state.
    At the end of the first decade of the program, the collective resources of GROW community foundations had grown from $19 million to $95 million by the end of 2009.
    This success led the Kansas Health Foundation to announce the second phase of GROW in 2009, with GROW II geared toward community foundations building permanent resources that will measurably improve the health of local residents and to support collaboration and alliances among community foundations in Kansas.
    “We’re hoping to get more exposure down the road, grow and learn how we can help meet the needs of the area,” Coomes said.

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