Four local nonprofits are recipients of 2018 Momentum Grants. In 2018, the amount of the grants awarded increased from a total of $15,000 to $20,000. Momentum grants fuel projects and programs that help people who are facing poverty build momentum as they take steps to reach their potential and positively impact our community.
Ballard Community Services received $2,500 to purchase much needed therapeutic materials and classroom supplies for the Family Connection program. The program focuses on partnering with families on their parenting journey to build a foundation of emotional identification and regulation for preschoolers, and reducing chronic stress in the family system.
Just Food of Douglas County, KS, Inc. received $10,320 for KitchenWorks, a culinary program that teaches the skills needed to gain professional restaurant employment in a short time. The training includes menu planning and costing, knife skills, cooking methods and sanitation, as well as soft skills such as communication, leadership and problem solving. The training is in a hands-on, industry environment designed to motivate and inspire the students. Participants receive job placement assistance to guide them on the path to gainful employment.
Family Promise of Lawrence received $2,000 for the Savings Match Program. The Savings Match Program provides key funds to increase the family’s savings and reward the hard work of the family as they are consistent in their savings efforts. This matching funding for families will allow them to have more financial stability in their future as they move out of the crisis of homelessness.
Douglas County Child Development Association Positive Bright Start Child Care Tuition Scholarship Fund received $ 5,180. This program provides low income families with funds to assist them with meeting the cost of quality care for their young children, so that they can have steady jobs and financial security.
“We believe that each person possesses great power for good,” said Micki. “When they are given the support they need to overcome challenges and achieve their goals, our entire community benefits.”
The annual Momentum Grant cycle begins in early spring and grants are awarded on or around May 1st each year. Last year's recipients can be found here.