Make A Difference Grants

Make A Difference Grants 2020


Big Brothers Big Sister: Community Based Mentoring Program - $10,000

The Community Based Mentoring Program allows matches to spend time together one-on-one exploring the local community and sharing fun activities they both enjoy.  Big Brother Big Sisters staff works with Bigs, Littles, and Littles' families to encourage a continuous relationship and provide opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities throughout the year.  Big Brother Big Sister specializes in creating and supporting the relationships that help youth facing adversity develop the characteristics needed for academic, social and economic success.

Central Kansas Mental Health Center: Mental Health in Schools - $9,735

Central Kansas Mental Health Center expanded their Mental Health in Schools Initiative to 7 additional schools.  By providing a wide array of behavioral health services in schools, many high risk youth have shown success, who previously were not able to access and benefit from mental health treatment due to barriers such as transportation and parent work schedules.

Four schools districts participated in the 2018-2019 school year with the following outcomes: school attendance increased 65%, academic performance improved 61%, and school behavior improved 77%.


Child Care Aware of Kansas: Connection the Dots Child Care Start-Up - $10,000

Child Care Aware of Kansas is working to attract professionals interested in opening a licensed, home-based, family child care and support them in some of the start-up costs of their business, to ensure success from the beginning.  Financial support went to help cover the costs of mandated regulatory requirements such as professional development, TB skin tests, federal/state background checks, pediatric first aid/CPR, state/county license fees, and environmental requirements to meet fire marshal standards and safety specifications.  

Young children who are nurtured and taught by well-trained, consistent caregivers have enhanced language/reading scores, and are more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn.  Better educated caregivers are more likely to promote health and positive growth/development for children.

Communities in Schools of Mid-America: Integrated Student Supports in Salina Public Schools - $10,000

CIS of Mid-America has an evidence-based model, called Integrated Student Supports which is proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.  Each school year, their strategy starts with Site Coordinators assessing the needs and resources of their schools and creating a plan of support widely available to all students at no cost.  These supports address school-level risk factors and foster a positive school climate.  CIS of Mid-America also works to ensure all students have their basic needs met by providing crucial resources such as food, clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items.

Salina Child Care Association: School Readiness - $7,565

 Salina Child Care Association will utilize many different activities to provide a quality, early learning environment, while primarily focusing on two specific outcomes: parent/teacher relationship and enhanced staff training.  Parents and teachers will set child specific goals at parent/teacher conferences held twice a year.  Salina Child Care Association staff will attend 12 hours of training related to school readiness.  The purpose of this project is to grow engaged parents and educated staff so that children will experience a quality early learning environment both at home and at school.

Salina Housing Authority: Family Self-Sufficiency Program - $2,700

The purpose of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program is to assist motivated families in achieving goals to help them in advancing to self-reliance by reducing or eliminating the need for welfare assistance.  All tenants within Salina Housing Authority are offered an opportunity to be a participant of this program.  This program work with families all skill sets, education and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Each family sets goals which are individualistic and unique to the needs and desires of the family.