TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Rotary Foundation will give thousands of dollars in grants for seven northeast Kansas organizations. They money will go to fund everything from a diaper bank to laptop computers.
"It was very difficult to narrow down the applicants, because the need is so great in our community and our funding is limited," said Foundation Grant Chair Joanie Underwood. She said the group received 47 applications.
"[W]e feel very positive about the projects we are able to fund and believe they will make a needed difference in our community," sheadded.
The awards were announced during the organization's luncheon on Thursday. See the full list of recipients below:
- Junior League, $2,500 -- to establish a sustainable diaper bank to provide diaper assistance to those in need.
- YWCA, Girls on the Run, $1,860 -- for healthy snacks and other supplies for an after school program focused on positive emotional, social, and physical development for girls, who will participate in a "Girls on the Run" 5k event at the end of the three-month session
- Topeka North Outreach, $3,500 -- to provide funding for the "Operation Backpack" program. This program helps alleviate childhood hunger by providing weekend food sacks for children in need at 6 elementary schools
- Topeka Youth Project, $1,500 -- for laptop computers for use in the Juvenile Youth Authority program to help students learn online application skills, resume, and cover letter writing, and to apply for jobs.
- Antioch Family Life Center, $2,100 -- for a summer reading program for at least 50 school age children
- Topeka Housing Authority, Inc., $3,580 -- to enhance and expand operations of the newly opened Aquaponic Facility. Aquaphonics combines raising of fish and growing of fruits, vegetables, and flowers in soil-less habitat.
- Marian Clinic, $2,960 -- to upgrade equipment in the medical exam rooms.