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Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grants Fund awards nearly $15,000 in grants through Wichita Community Foundation

January 23, 2017

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Wagonmasters will award 16 local nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $14,800 from the Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grants Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF).

The Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grants, administered by WCF, are committed to benefiting people in the Wichita community. Money raised during the annual Downtown Chili Cookoff contributes to the grant making. Since its establishment in 2012, the fund has awarded more than $57,000 to nonprofits.

The 2016 grants awarded will fund a wide range of projects:

  • Bread of Life Distribution Center - $750 to provide fresh food for up to 700 people in one week
  • Carpenter Place - $1,800 to purchase new bedding, cookware, pots and pans for residences
  • Children First - $1,000 to create a food pantry with focus on Title I schools
  • Fundamental Learning Center - $1000 to purchase athletic and recreation equipment for students
  • Guadalupe Clinic - $500 to facilitate patient transportation to appointments
  • ICT S.O.S. - $1,000 to purchase duffel bags, clothing and toiletries for at-risk youth
  • Inter-Faith Ministries - $1,000 to purchase 100 twin-size blankets for Warming Souls Winter Shelter
  • Medical Services Bureau - $1,000 to assist with costs of diabetic supplies for patients
  • Music Theatre Wichita - $1,000 to support MTWichita’s 2017 free matinee for children with special needs and their families
  • Passageways, LTD - $1,000 to provide operational costs to assist homeless veterans
  • Ronald McDonald House - $1,000 to cover the cost of nightly stays for families
  • St. James After School Program - $500 to purchase painting supplies for “Meet the Artists” program
  • Wichita Crime Commission - $1,000 to benefit Youth Court, a program that teaches students about the judicial system
  • Wichita’s Littlest Heroes - $750 to purchase fabric and lining for capes that are given to each child
  • Wichita Park and Recreation Community Fund - $1,000 to upgrade and repair animal habitat enclosures at Kansas Wildlife Exhibit
  • Flint Hills Services, Inc. - $1,000 to purchase activity equipment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

“In their fifth year of grant making, the Wichita Wagonmasters continue to show their commitment to nonprofits,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “This group of men is dedicated to improving Wichita, and WCF is happy to assist them in their philanthropic giving.”

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