The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is accepting applications for Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Foundation grants through March 31, 2023. GBL Foundation grants provide expense reimbursements up to $500 for nonprofit projects that support youth volunteerism in Southeast Kansas.
You can apply through our online application by following this link or clicking the button below:
Keep reading to learn more about this exciting grant opportunity!
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What is the Get Busy Livin’ Foundation?
The Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Foundation:
was established in 2011 to provide support for individuals and groups that embody the values that Dylan pursued: adventure, fitness, curiosity, generosity and a daily zest for life experiences. The GBL Foundation is determined to break down the boundaries that keep people from living life to the fullest, whether those boundaries be social, economical or imaginary.
For the last 10 years, the Get Busy Livin’ Foundation has offered scholarships administered by CFSEK to graduates of local high schools. And for the last seven years, the GBL Foundation has offered grants to eligible organizations to support youth-volunteerism activities.
What are GBL Foundation grants?
GBL Foundation grants provide up to $500 in reimbursement for future activities related to youth volunteerism. Examples of projects that may qualify for a grant include trash pickup, maintaining neighborhood parks, cleaning homes for the elderly, assisting at hospitals or nursing homes, working on recycling projects, and others. Importantly, only future projects can receive grants, and grant funds are disbursed only after the proposed project is completed and an Activity Completion Form has been submitted.
Since the grants were first offered in 2016, the GBL Foundation has awarded over $22,000 in youth-volunteerism grants. Past projects that received a GBL Foundation grant include:
- Cherry Street Youth Center middle-school students baked and delivered cupcakes to local civil servants.
- Fostering Connections hosted youth volunteers at an event for teenagers in foster care.
- Oswego Jr.-Sr. High School students hosted a community cleanup for businesses and residents.
- The Parsons Recreation Commission hosted area youth to update and clean Winway and Marvel Parks to be ready for summer play.
- The Labette County Fair Association partnered with local Boy Scouts to keep the fairgrounds trash-free during the Labette County Fair.
Visit our GBL grants page for links to learn more about past recipients.
Who can apply for GBL Foundation grants?
GBL Foundation grants are only available for 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, units of government, and religious organizations. Examples of eligible organizations include Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, FFA chapters, church youth groups, school clubs, YMCA, nonprofit sports organizations, and so on. If you’re uncertain whether your group or organization is eligible for a grant from the GBL Foundation, please contact CFSEK for help.
If you have any questions about the GBL Foundation grant process, please contact Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens for assistance.