Future Fund

Good news! Grant applications for the 2020 Future Fund Giving Circle grant cycle are now available! You can learn more about Future Fund grants by visiting our blog or checking out the application below.

Applications are due by August 31, 2020. You can return your application via email (preferred), physical mail, or hand delivery to the dropbox outside our office. If you have any questions or would like additional information about Future Fund grants, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.

2020 Grant Application Form

Please review the instructions in the application form carefully before submitting it.

More information about the Future Fund Giving Circle

The Future Fund is a philanthropic giving circle comprised of friends and family of the Pittsburg area who pool their resources to make a difference in Crawford County. Contributors gifts make grants in the Crawford County, Kansas area possible for not-for-profit agencies and organizations, schools, religious and governmental institutions. Since 2006, the Future Fund Giving Circle has awarded over $104,000 in grants, $14,586 in 2019 alone. Annual contributions to the Future Fund are only $250. To learn more about the opportunity to pool your resources with others who care about our area and make a larger difference through the Future Fund, contact the Foundation office at 620.231.8897. Or better yet, come visit us in our office at 100 S. Broadway, Suite 100, Pittsburg, KS. 

2019 Future Fund Grant Recipients

Chicopee Foundation on behalf of Cato School:  Provides a ‘Cato Celebration for Kids’ to experience what life was like in the late 1880’s at the Cato school.

Children’s Advocacy Center:  Education and prevention information to adults in the community about child sexual abuse through materials and a child abuse prevention awareness month, Go Blue SEK, kickoff event.

Family Resource Center: Expansion of literacy programming by providing book bags and books to infant/toddler families.

Girard Warriors Youth Track Club:  Will purchase javelins and shot puts to help their youth track and field athletes be ‘equipped and ready’.

Homer Cole Community Center, Inc.: Will purchase an AED for the center to be prepared for potential emergencies.

Kansas Children’s Service League:  Funds provided are to add to the Safe Sleep program by purchasing sleep sacks and pak-n-plays for the families they serve in Crawford County.

Kansas Kids Gear Up: Are helping to build ‘Bright Futures…Successful Careers’ with youth in foster care, currently or in the past, by providing a variety of educational activities and experiences.

Pittsburg State University: Exercise Science students through the Applied Physiology Laboratory at PSU will work with local firefighters on a Wellness Fitness Initiative.

PSU Enactus: ‘Gorilla Achievement Program’ will provide etiquette education to at-risk students by collaborating with Communities in Schools.

PSU Foundation: Premedical bone models will be purchased by the biology department for premedical student educational purposes.

Quilts of Valor: Will purchase materials to create quilts to honor local veterans for their service.

Restorative Justice Authority: The purchase of an Elmo with assist with RJA programming.

Safehouse Crisis Center: Received funds to purchase bicycles and locks for transportation for residents while living at the shelter.

SEK Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund – Through their ‘Road Safe, Kids Safe’ program, SEK WHW will allow grants to support needed car repair or insurance assistance for families.

Special Olympics Kansas (New Hope) – Will have funds toward the purchase of new uniforms for their athletes.

The Salvation Army – The local Home Goods Pantry will be stocked with supplies, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, etc., for families utilizing The Salvation Army services.


2018 Future Fund Grant Recipients

Communities in Schools of Mid-America, Inc.:  ‘Holiday Meal Event’ for at-risk students and their families to enjoy an evening of food and family engagement with resource referrals for the holidays provided.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas: ‘Good Night’ is to purchase CPAP machine supplies of masks, filters and tubing.

First United Methodist Church – Wesley House: ‘Bring Your A Game to Work’ is a soft skill employment class for students and adults. Curriculum supplies and incentives will be purchased.

Interlocal 637 – ‘An Apple a Day Helps Our Kids Find Their Way’ is a project through the OT department to help students with disabilities with movement, language, emotions, and social skills through interactive technology via iPads.

Kansas Children’s Service League – ‘Healthy Families – Child and Home Safety Project’ will furnish home safety items such as locks, latches, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, etc. and education to implement them.

Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry – ‘Supporting Youth with Special Needs Parent Training’ is to purchase a special needs parenting curriculum.

Pittsburg Sunrise Rotary Foundtion – ‘Wesley House AED’ will provide an Automated External Defibrillator for clients and staff at Wesley House.

PSU Enactus – ‘Gorilla Achievement Program’ is to purchase Job Preparation Training materials.

SEK Humane Society – ‘Assisting Tools for Helping Hands’ provides a power washer and dolly for staff and volunteer workers.

SEK Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund - ‘Whole Health Dental Cost Assistance’ provides one time annual grants for women in need of dentures or dental needs.

Special Olympics Kansas – ‘Medals for Crawford County Athletes’ will provide Crawford County Special Olympic athletes medals for the 9 sporting events held annually.

The Lord’s Diner - ‘Industrial Refrigerator’ purchase for The Lord’s Diner.

The Salvation Army – ‘Christmas Stockings’ for children in families who participate in the annual Christmas distribution.

2017 Future Fund Grant Recipients

Catholic Charities: Webcams will be purchased to aid efforts to go paperless for the SEK case management staff.

Communities in Schools of Mid-America, Inc.: STEM Student Engineers, a career exploration experience at PSU in engineering technology in March 2018, will allow 50 area students to participate and have the materials needed.

Families & Children Together Inc.: Will implement a Growing in the Garden therapeutic, psychosocial rehabilitation group for clients receiving services at the Community Mental Health Center of Crawford County.

First United Methodist Church – Wesley House: One computer for the Wesley House Computer Lab will be provided for the completion of a variety of applications and for employment classes.

Northeast School district #246: The purchase of Moby Max, an online, web based intervention program will help meet the needs of all students.

Southeast Kansas Education Service Center – Greenbush: Will purchase audiology diagnostic equipment for hearing screening and diagnostics for at least 500 early childhood aged Crawford County children.

SEK Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund: Working women in need due to crisis situations will be identified with the help of employers and will be helped with one time grants.

The Lord’s Diner: Will be able to purchase kitchen equipment of a veggie slicer and veggie dicer.

The Salvation Army: Will purchase and provide hats and gloves to adults in need during the Christmas distribution.

USD 250 Crawford County Pittsburg, Interlocal 637, PHS: Two adapted 3 wheel bicycles for use by PHS students with disabilities will be purchased to expand the Project Ride program previously funded through the Women’s Health Funds.

USD 250 Crawford County Pittsburg, PHS: Will provide a master class for PHS Repertory Theatre students and a Q&A for area school theatre students and the community with Tony nominated Broadway actress Nancy Opel.

Women’s Resource Center of SEK: The purchase of a changing table with liners will meet a pressing need for families receiving services while at the clinic.

2016 Future Fund Grant Recipients

CLASS: Eco Shred Document Destruction Services employs CLASS clients to provide a secure and effective method for businesses to dispose of sensitive information or confidential records.

Crawford County Fair Association: The Angels Among Us building at the Crawford County fair grounds will be rebuilt or replaced in order to continue to house the Angels Among Us café.

Family Resource Center: A playground riding path is to be built and tricycles purchased for the development of large motor skills.

Mount Carmel Foundation: F.A.S.T. – Community stroke program will provide education on stroke awareness.

The Salvation Army: Christmas stocking stuffers will be given to each child from participating families, ages 0 – 18, through the Crawford County Christmas distribution.

Special Olympics Kansas: Equipment and adaptive supplies will be purchased for the individuals with disabilities that participate in the Winter Sports Program.

Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund: Grants will be given to women in need who are not eligible for services from any other agency up to $500 each.                                                      

2015 Future Fund Grant Recipients

City of Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department: Equipment at Katherine’s Playground for the improvements of a water fountain, bike rack and benches.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc.: Beginning Basics – Baby Essentials for New Moms by providing pregnancy support in the form of a “Welcome Home” kit to low-income teenage mothers.

Crawford County Health Department: Baby & Me – Tobacco Free to purchase equipment to ensure babies are in a tobacco free environment.

Douglas County, Kansas: Market Match Program for Pittsburg Farmers Market to support a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $25, for SNAP users at the Pittsburg Market.

First United Methodist Church Wesley House: Wesley House Technology Program will purchase computers and equipment for homeless clients accessing the emergency day shelter.

Pittsburg Mother To Mother Ministry: Motivating Our Mothers (MOM) Points are earned by participation in activities and redeemed for cleaning and personal hygiene products.

Pittsburg Farmer’s Market, Inc.: Bicycle Safety to provide a bike rack for market shoppers.

Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc.: Client Assistance to fund needed prescriptions, work clothing, eyeglasses, car repairs, costs to secure forms of identification, gas vouchers, etc.

Unified School District 250: Increase Community Awareness of P3’s Efforts to Link Community Giving with Student’s Needs by implementing awareness activities.

Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund: Grants for Women in Need Promoting Healthier Safer Lives through one time $500 grants when no other resources are available.

2014 Future Fund Grant Recipients

Caring for Kids: Caring for Kids: Grant money to be used to enhance the quality of life for children and youth.

Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc.: Grant money to be used to purchase a computer and printer for the addition of an additional half-time child and family advocate.

Class LTD: Grant money to be used to purchase an additional paper shredder to expand their Eco Shred Document Destruction services.

Elm Acres Foundation, Inc.: Grant money to be used to purchase “In the Mix” DVD’s to be used as a resource for cognitive skill building and core educational programming.

Mount Carmel Foundation: Grant money to be used to purchase gasoline cards for cancer patients.

Pittsburg Farmers Market, Inc.: Grant money to be used to purchase and install durable, safe, and attractive benches which are manufactured from recycled materials.

TFI Family Services, Inc.: Grant money to be used for Project YES: Youth Enrichment Services.

Wesley House: Grant money to be used to renovate child care room to be used during their cooking classes offered to low income families.

2013 Future Fund Grant Recipients

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Crawford Count: The grant funds will be used to develop a media campaign for the organization to bring greater awareness and grow the number of mentors.

Children’s Advocacy Center: The grant funds enable the Center to provide forensic interviewers in SE Kansas with two days of training.

Catholic Charities: The grant funds help make possible the financial assistance program for prescription medicines.

CLASS LTD: The grant funds help provide uniforms for Special Olympics participants.

First Christian Church/Pittsburg Community Garden: The Community Garden grant provides funds to build nine additional raised garden beds.

Salvation Army: The grant funds to purchase stocking stuffers for children’s Christmas.

SE Kansas Humane Society: The grant funds the purchase of Kuranda beds for indoor dog kennels and cat room.

Special Olympics: The grant funds help purchase adaptive equipment for the winter sports program.

Whether you're a potential donor, a professional advisor, a local nonprofit director, or someone who's simply concerned about the future of Kansas, connecting with your local community foundation is the first step toward a better tomorrow for your community