Elm Acres Foundation

The purpose of the Elm Acres Foundation, Inc. is to provide support for at-risk youth in the Southeast Kansas community (Crawford, Cherokee and Labette counties), including supporting any entities that provide services for at-risk youth. 

Since 2017, the Elm Acres Foundation has conducted an annual grant cycle for programs and services for at-risk youth through the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas. Funds are awarded through an annual competitive grant application process. Applications should be for programs and services for at-risk youth. The Elm Acres Foundation prefers not to fund personnel costs or capital improvements.

In 2020, the Elm Acres Foundation awarded $21,944 to eight organizations. The average grant award was $2,749, ranging from $850 to $5,284. The 2020 grant recipients and their projects can be found in the Grant Celebration 2020 newsletter.

Please see the grant timeline and application form below. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information about Elm Acres Foundation grants, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.

Elm Acres 2021 Grant Timeline

  • April 1: Distribute grant process and applications to the community.
  • April 30: Grant application DEADLINE.
  • April 1, 2022: Evaluation Report deadline.

2021 Elm Acres Foundation At-Risk Youth Grant Application

Please read the application carefully before submitting. By submitting an application, you are verifying the accuracy of the information and understand this is a one-time-only grant award. If your project is funded, you are agreeing to submit an evaluation report within 30 days of project completion or by April 1, 2022.

Elm Acres Foundation 2020 Grant Recipients

In 2020, the Elm Acres Foundation awarded $21,944 to eight organizations, with the amount of each grant ranging from $1,000 to $5,284. The 2020 grant recipients were:

  • Communities in Schools of Mid-America - Basic Needs Assistance in the Pittsburg and Parsons areas.
  • Fostering Connections - Free family-fun events.
  • Horses of Hope Riding Center, Inc. - HOPE for Youth - Equine-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters - One-to-one mentoring.
  • SEK Interlocal #637 - Exercise for All at PCMS.
  • Special Olympics Kansas - SEK Regional Games support.
  • The Restorative Justice Authority - Evidence-based community programs.
  • USD 250 - PHS Club 209A for students' basic needs.

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