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Community foundations in Kansas are offered support, honoraria, and an opportunity to play a role in energizing their communities to end the spread of Covid-19 in Kansas.

The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) are collaborating to end the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of community partners like community foundations. Last year, KLC rallied more than 7000 diverse Kansans on 850 project teams to design action projects in their communities to slow the spread of the virus. They ask for your help to finish the job: in 2021, projects are focused on removing vaccination barriers, and incentivizing those who want to get the vaccine to do so.

Kansas community foundations have successfully exercised leadership, mobilized, and supported their communities during the pandemic. Because of such track record, KLC and KDHE are offering CFs to:

  • Recruit conveners for 10 projects in your community. CFs can pursue as many or as few conveners as their capacity allows. Even if a CF focuses on just one, it will make a difference. For example, a CF could partner with their local non-profits or health groups.
  • Conveners will then invite people from their networks to work on project teams.
  • KLC will assign a trained facilitator to help project teams plan for impact.
  • KLC will award each community foundation $1,000 honoraria per project launched. Thus, if a CF helps launch 10 projects, a community foundation will receive $10,000.
  • In addition, mini grants of up to $2,000 per project will be available to support each team’s work. Thus, if a CF has got 10 projects, they’d be brining $20,000 to their community.

Curious? Ready to learn more? Interested to discover ways to be involved that would work for your community? Attend an upcoming orientation session for potential community foundation partners on Thursday, July 8 at 2 pm via Zoom [link to join or call-in at +1 346 248 7799 using passcode of 352166] or listen to the recording that will be shared after the orientation.

For more information on Kansas Beats the Virus visit: or contact Alejandro Arias-Esparza at

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