Sunflower is offering two unique opportunities for Kansas communities and trails:
The first is a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Trail Builders. This grant opportunity will provide funding to improve the health and well-being of Kansans by supporting the development of public trails. We are inviting communities of all sizes, locations, and backgrounds to apply, but priority will be given to underserved areas with no existing trails and projects with an explicit intention of increasing diversity among trail users.
We have also extended an Invitation to Apply for the Trail Champion Cohort, which is designed for community teams ready to take the next step in enhancing the value of existing trails. Priority will be given to proposals working to diversify their trail base of users, supporters and volunteers.The cohort will take place January-April 2022; selected teams will have access to high-level expertise, technical assistance and coaching around topics such as economic impact analysis and trail user evaluation.
For more information about these opportunities, click here.
For more information about the COVID-19 Response Grants, click the image above or visit the grants section on our website. We have a designated resource page for COVID-19 grants.
The Sunflower Foundation is pleased to announce that nearly $1.3 million in grants has been provided to advance the collective efforts of 46 state and local nonprofit organizations working to address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes for Kansans.
More than 100 applications were received in response to Sunflower’s Social Determinants and Social Needs: Moving Beyond Midstream Request for Proposals earlier this year. The Sunflower Foundation was pleased with the number of community-based organizations that recognize the connection of social and environmental factors to good health.
These grants not only address the immediate needs of individuals and families such as a lack of reliable food or safe housing, they build partnerships and community awareness leading to stronger systems and more effective policies. Those funded represent a diverse network of agencies, inter-organizational partnerships and policy areas, including access to care, affordable housing, community safety, economic opportunity, educational opportunity, parks and recreation, transportation options and many other considerations.
In 2015, the Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees made a strategic decision to purchase a 13-acre property located near Wannamaker and 6th Street in Topeka known as "Healing Hill." The property was formerly home to the Menninger Foundation (1959-2002) and, before that, the Security Benefit Association (1892-1954).
Earlier this year, the Sunflower Foundation began work to restore and renovate two buildings on the former Menninger campus for the purpose of establishing the new Sunflower Nonprofit Center. This project represents a significant investment for the nonprofit sector in Kansas.
Learn more about the Sunflower Nonprofit Center at www.sunflowernonprofitcenter.org.
The five healthiest counties in Kansas, starting with the most healthy, are Johnson County, followed by Nemaha County, Pottawatomie County, Wabaunsee County and Riley County, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) is the state lead for the 2019 County Health Rankings. KHI has developed individualized data sheets for each Kansas county. This annual report looks at key drivers and inequities in health in our communities, ranks all counties in Kansas, and provides an overview of how the rankings are determined. Learn more about the study and access your county's data sheet at www.khi.org/policy/article/chr2019.
The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) and Sunflower Foundation (SFF) have awarded $1.2 million in grant funding to 118 school districts/community partners to help feed Kansas kids and families this summer.
The foundations developed this funding initiative to help school districts and community partners participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In many communities, school-supported summer food programs are part of the community’s food security response to COVID-19 and grantees will use these funds to enhance existing services or pay for services not reimbursed by the SFSP. These include the added costs of distributing meals while following public health pandemic guidelines, and the expansion of summer meal programs – including adult and family meal services.