Emerging Needs Grants

The United Way of the Flint Hills offers Emerging Needs Grants to eligible organizations in our community.

Emerging Needs Grant funding requests should present innovative approaches to meeting the health and human services needs of our community that are time sensitive. Funding is specifically reserved as short-term funding for start-up costs associated with bringing a new program to our community or to an organization that provides a vital program that addresses our priority areas of Education, Income, and Health. Other factors for funding consideration include measurable outcomes, programs that meet currently unmet needs, and the organization’s ability to secure funds to continue the project.

Since 2015, the following organizations received funding through this grant stream:

  • Corky's Cupboard: Items for on-campus food pantry
  • Emporia Child Care Center: Art supplies
  • Emporia Recreation Commission: Outdoor day camp experience for Summer Scape participants in collaboration with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • Respect the Wheels: Classes, signs, and posters to promote bike safety
  • Salvation Army: Beds for those impacted by the fire at Eastwood Lake Apartments
  • Midwest Search and Rescue: Search and rescue class for first responders
  • Hetlinger Developmental Service: Art therapy class for clients
  • Spartan Stop: Supplies for students in need
  • Harvest House Food Pantry: Freezer units
  • Leadership Morris County: Blessing Boxes
  • USD 252 Early Childhood Center: Pajamas for Family Fun Night
  • Stamp Out Hunger: Bags for food drive
  • ECKAN Osage County: New gym shoes for students
  • Lord's Lambs Preschool: Assistance with roof repair
  • Northern Heights High School: Bringing Reality U to students
  • Emporia Senior Center:  Walk in refrigeration unit
  • Beacon of Hope: Creation of suicide prevention educational material
  • Resource Center for Independent Living: Durable medical equipment
  • K-State Research and Extension:  Lyon County nutrition education
  • Flint Hills Rebuilders: Winterization, Repair and accessibility assistance
  • City of Emporia: Lactation room at William LL White auditorium
  • Build Blocks Child Care Center: Heating system repair
  • ECKAN Osage County: Hygiene pantry
  • Crosswinds Counseling: Technology for telehealth

Emerging Needs Grant Guidelines

Emerging Needs Grant Application