Community Impact Grants

Community Impact Grants 2018-2019


Ashby House: Homeless Health Initiative - $106,400

Overcome the 21-30 plus-day wait an Ashby House client without insurance must face when attempting to access medical, dental, or mental health care by offering onsite prevention education and medical services.  Address the belief dental care is not a medical necessity.

Main Collaborative Partners: The Ashby House, Salina Family Healthcare Center, KU School of Medicine

Outcome Statements:

  • Participants immediate health/dental/mental health issues are addressed within 30 days of arrival
  • Participants have health insurance that results in long-term access to medical and mental health providers.


CAPS: Saline County School Readiness Project - $153,045

This project will educate parents, childcare providers and preschool teachers with research-based approaches to help children develop strong social and emotional skills. Both parent and child outcomes will be improved through the support of an Early Childhood Consultant through Universal Access Parenting Classes and the Incredible Years – Parents and Babies Series Classes.

Main Collaborative Partners: Heartland Programs, Parents as Teachers, Saline County Health Department, Child Care Aware, Central Kansas Mental Health Center, CAPS, Infant Child Development, MLK, Jr. Child Development Center, YMCA Child Care Center, Salina Child Care Association, Salina Public Library, KSU Research & Extension, Kansas State University, Salina Area Technical College, Salina Adult Education Center, DCF, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, Circles of the Heartland

Outcome Statements:

  • The 15 teachers/family child care providers receiving intensive coaching and 15 more teachers/family child care providers receiving technical assistance from the Early Childhood Consultant will demonstrate knowledge through the implementation of the Conscious Discipline model.
  • The Early Childhood Consultant will observe improved social-emotional skills in the classroom through the use of the Conscious Discipline assessments which measure the skills and environments the teacher/childcare providers before and after the intervention of the Early Childhood Consultant.

Consumer Credit Counseling: Thrive of the Heartland - $53,878.50

Assist families in creating paths out of poverty and promoting long-term financial stability, rather than targeting a short-term need such as housing or food.  Circles focus is on expanding opportunities, connections, social capital and eliminating barriers in the community.

Main Collaborative Partners: Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Salina Housing Authority, Partners 4 Success/Salina Adult Education Center, First Presbyterian Church

Outcome Statements:

  • 75% of participants taking the initial Circle Leader Training class will successfully complete the course
  • 100% of participants will complete an assessment every 6 months to update progress towards goals to become financially stable.

Salina Child Care Association: Good Beginnings Early Education Collaborative - $182,091.50

Programs provide research-based, quality, affordable, developmentally appropriate early childhood education in a full day, full year child care setting, giving all [enrolled] young children the skills they need to be successful upon entering kindergarten.

Main Collaborative Partners: Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center, Salina Child Care Association, Salina Family YMCA Early Education Center, Headstart/Heartland Programs

Outcome Statements:

  • By August 1, 2019, 85% of children at Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center, Salina Child Care Center and the YMCA Early Education Center entering kindergarten in 2019 will achieve all 88 school readiness skills in their age range as defined in the 3-5 Galileo School Readiness Assessment tool.
  • By August 1, 2019, 75% of families will be motivated to be more engaged in all aspects of their child’s learning due to the increased focus on family participation.

Big Brother Big Sisters: Hispanic Mentoring Program - $65,000

Allows minority groups in Salina, specifically Spanish speaking families, to have access to the same quality programs that English speaking families have enjoyed for the past 50 years. A translator will be provided for communications with families, along with creating program materials and information in Spanish, creating a more inclusive program base that can serve that whole community.

Main Collaborative Partners: USD 305, 306 and 307

Outcome Statements:

  • The strength of Relationship survey between mentor and mentee, which surveys confidence, educational success, outcomes, and overall relationship of the pair.
  • Using demographic data collected from out matches of Bigs and Littles and participants at events we will track the percentage of Hispanic individuals who are engaged with our non-profit. Then, share this with the collaborators each quarter.