The Evergy Community Investment Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation is granting a total of $376,100 to 13 Wichita nonprofits serving zip codes 67208, 67214 and 67219. The funded projects will support either community and environment enhancement or youth enrichment and development.

Westar Energy, an Evergy company, invested $1 million to establish the Fund at WCF earlier this year. Applications were reviewed and selected by the Evergy Community Investment Advisory Board, consisting of 14 people who live, work and/or serve in Wichita’s District 1.

“These initiatives will impact Northeast Wichita for years to come,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “Community and environment enhancement paired with youth development are key drivers for the city’s growth.”

The 2019 grants will support the following projects:

Children First CEO Kansas $6,600

• Support “Shoe Night,” a program that provides new shoes to children in the designated zip codes

Create Campaign $75,000

• Develop a dedicated training and education space for community businesses, curriculum design, instruction and funding for the community-sanctioned improvement projects

Destination Innovation $35,000

• Transition Camp Destination Innovation into a year-round program

Dress for Success Wichita $14,000

• Support Lyft rides, the Suiting Program and Thursday Thrive, a professional development course

Griots Storytelling Institute $15,000

• Expand its programs with the objective of helping at-risk students increase reading skills

Racial Profiling Citizens Advisory Board $5,000

• Provide workshops and advertise on a wider scale to promote positive community and law enforcement relationships

Real Men Real Heroes $75,000

• Provide opportunities that engage grades three through 12 in placemaking, innovation and community engagement projects

Contact: Kali Babich Wichita Community Foundation Communications Coordinator 316.264.4880

Rise Up For Youth $20,000

• Expand their programming through empowerment workshops within five Wichita Public Schools

Senior Services of Wichita $39,500

• Revitalize the Northeast Senior Center to improve seniors’ safety and meet handicapped accessibility codes

Special Olympics Kansas $5,000

• Create five new Unified Sports teams, which partners individuals with intellectual disabilities with those who do not have disabilities

Storytime Village $38,000

• Provide 500 chilren aged six months to 5 years with Imagine. Learn. Grow. early literacy classroom kits. It will also help underwrite a summit for early childhood educators at preschools and centers.

Team of Hard Knox $10,000

• Expand the CHAMPS in the Classroom program, which provides mini workshops to students, a university tour and workshops for parents

The Center $38,000

• Provide space, furnishings and minimal operational resources for the Education and Computer Labs

The $1 million gift to WCF is a multi-year investment from Evergy to impact Northeast Wichita. Applications for 2020 will be available at The fund was started in part in response to the community’s outrage about the installation of large commercial electric poles in the community in 2018.

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