Newsletter - July 2021 Edition

  • KU Study Will Help Define Broadband Priorities in Kansas
  • PRIDE Community Happenings
  • Strategic Doing - Give Life to Planning
  • Humanities Kansas Celebrates 50 Years in 2022
  • Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau
  • Continuing Opportunities Section
  • Additional Funding Resources
  • Up for a Virtual Community Visit? We Are, Too!
  • Catch Us on Facebook & Facebook Live!
  • First Friday e-Calls - Check 'em Out
  • Office Closed - July 5th
  • Events Calendar
  • 2021 Kansas PRIDE Communities
KU Study Will Help Define Broadband Priorities in Kansas
Access to education, health care, public safety and government services increasingly depends on access to affordable, high-speed internet service. Now, through a project led by the KU Institute for Policy & Social Research, Kansas residents can contribute to research on current internet and broadband infrastructure by completing a survey about their internet service.

PRIDE Community Happenings
Leon, Kansas' Lion PRIDE Committee recently held their first block party. It was a great success and they are now looking forward to their Independence Day celebration on July 3rd. At the block party, Lion PRIDE presented a new set of signs to the local Masonic Lodge. Lion PRIDE came up with the sign concept and Nathan Worrell, teacher at USD 205 created it. You can watch a video of the presentation on their Facebook page, linked above.
Caldwell PRIDE reports that they've recently worked with the Caldwell Art Brigade to paint murals on downtown buildings. Paintbrushes were put to brick in a fast attack on the buildings in anticipation of their 150th Celebration happening during their annual Chisholm Trail Festival. The rainy weather didn't stop them from finishing 3 beautiful murals with a 4th planned for this fall. You can read more about the murals here.
Delia PRIDE up in Jackson County reports several recent projects. Their monthly breakfast returned in full as they celebrated the easing of COVID restrictions due to reduced infection rates. They planned a car show and fundraiser, as well as undertook their regular work with the thrift store, library and sewing group. The Delia Sewing Group also began to meet again at the school to start work on large sewing projects.
"June 12, 2021 was a very historic day in Lecompton Kansas as formal dedication of our new historic outdoor art mural Resilience were held at Lecompton Community Pride at 620 E Woodson. Rick Wright was the artist and grew up right here in Lecompton. He is the current art director for Van Go Arts in Lawrence. We invite all of you to come admire its beauty and majesty and see this true masterpiece. It greets you as you come into town and bids you farewell as you come to our beautiful town and experience it!
Osawatomie PRIDE has been working on an ongoing project for months - The Soldiers Monument. It's a historic site in the city and PRIDE received a local grant to help get new fencing. Partnering with the Miami Co. Conservation District, Hall's Bobcat Service, and the City of Osawatomie, Osawatomie PRIDE will be working to bring the monument back to its former glory. Fence replacement, sidewalk cleaning, mulching, plants, and a bench project are all on the schedule of improvements, with additional partners.
The Yard of the Month program has started again for the Lincoln PRIDE group now that winter is over and the flowers are blooming. Community members are always grateful for being recognized. Other recent activities include PRIDE members planting flowers in the planters downtown, sprucing up Main Street and in front of City Hall, a new set of swings in the park, property cleanup and more. You can see what they've been up to by visiting their Facebook page (linked above).
Strategic Doing - Give Life to Your Planning

You have a strategic plan. Or you don't. Either way you have opportunity!

You might have a strategic plan you have gone through that is sitting on a shelf or on a computer after being presented at a meeting. You may have survey, or First Impressions results that you didn't have and opportunity to get to just yet.

What if I told you that you could get things done while you plan? You can do just that with Strategic Doing.

Developed by Purdue University, "Strategic Doing teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face. Strategic Doing enables leaders to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions."

"That's all well and good," you might say, "but who is going to help us with that process?"

Funny you might ask (IF you did ask such a thing) - the answer is closer than you think. PRIDE communities have pretty easy access to a Strategic Doing Practitioner, as I, Jaime Menon, have recently become certified as such! Not only that, I LOVE Strategic Doing because it helps you get things done, and quick! I am happy to coordinate a meeting with you to get a meeting set up for Strategic Doing, but I will warn you, you will have to have 4 things:

  1. Passionate, open minds
  2. A group, or groups of interested people, willing to put their heads together for change
  3. A (meeting) space to get the work done
  4. Time on the calendar to commit to touch base meetings after the initial Strategic Doing Session

Interested? Want to learn more? No problem, just contact me at and I am happy to oblige! You can also click on the Strategic Doing graphic in this article to learn more from Agile Labs - the "home" of Strategic Doing.

Look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for all you do! - Jaime Menon, Co-Coordinator of the Kansas PRIDE Program,
From Our Friends @ Humanities Kansas...
In 2021, K-State Research and Extension Grant-writing workshops are going online.
The online workshop is designed to be presented to participants in two 3-hour courses and will cost $60. Local Extension agents are the hosts for the workshops, but since workshops are online, you can attend any workshop in the state. There are two ways to participate: go to our website ( and under "Events" on the right side you can register at a scheduled workshop or ask your local extension agent to host. 
The workshops are based on the same workshop that has been conducted statewide to more than 1,700 participants in 60 local communities. In-person workshop participants who responded to a survey 6-12 months after their grant workshop (36% response), reported writing $48.5 million of grants with $24.8 million of successful grants.
For more information, contact Nancy Daniels
External Funding Opportunities
Want to put your new grant writing skills to use? Here are some opportunities for project funding outside of the Kansas PRIDE grants:

The Union Pacific Foundation has grants available for up to $25,000 for projects focusing on safety, workforce development, community spaces, and other local needs addressing quality of life issues or critical challenges. Grant recipients must be non-profit and projects must benefit a community served by Union Pacific. For more details on the grant process, eligibility, and the July 31st deadline, visit:

The Kansas Book Festival awards annual grants for technology and books. Applicants must be either a public library or school library in Kansas. While both grants may be applied for, no library will be awarded both grants in the same calendar year. If your school or library are regular partners with the community PRIDE group, this may be a great grant to work on together. Application process begins October 1 and ends December 31. You can find more details on their website:
Additional Funding Resources
Is your Kansas PRIDE community looking for funding to help with certain projects? Let us know what the project is, how much you're seeking, and what your timeline looks like. We have access to a grants database and likely can give you some links to potential funding sources. Just email us at with your request and project idea. Not a Kansas PRIDE community? This resource is a great reason to join! You can also reach out to your local Extension office which should have access to the database as well. - Jan Steen, Kansas PRIDE Program Co-Coordinator,
Up for a Virtual Community Visit? We Are, Too!
Our offer at the end of each newsletter is to engage your community remotely so we can present an overview of the program, should you be interested in enrolling, or to discuss the program and any of its components or training modules if you’re already participating. We would be more than happy to host a Zoom meeting where your PRIDE group members, city council members, chamber participants, Masonic Lodge, or other groups could individually log in to see the presentation and ask questions. Just e-mail us at to set up a schedule.

To view pre-recorded webinars giving an introduction to the program, step-by-step instructions on how to enroll or report, fundraising, recruiting volunteers, and more, head over to our Education page for more. - Jan Steen, Kansas PRIDE Program Co-Coordinator,
We often post items of interest on our Facebook page between newsletters. Grants, volunteer training, project ideas, and even the occasional Live stream will pop up. Click the button below to like and follow the program activity there:
First Friday e-Calls: Check'em Out!
K-State Research and Extension offers entrepreneurship webinars every first Friday of the month, and there have already been some great sessions this year.  If you missed them, they’ve been recorded and are available to view at your convenience along with the slides and some notes.  Visit: for all past sessions. Registration information for upcoming sessions can be found here:
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Office Closed - July 5th
The Kansas PRIDE office will be closed on Monday, July 5th, 2021 in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and happy holiday! Some helpful tips are below:
Quarterly Report Dates:
  • January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, October 15th

Awards Deadlines:
  • May 1st, September 1st

2021 Kansas PRIDE Communities
The following communities have enrolled in the Kansas PRIDE Program for the year of 2021.
To enroll your community for this program year, visit our Enrollment and Reporting page and click on the light blue "Enroll" button to get started.
  • Admire
  • Alton
  • Anthony
  • Arlington
  • Ashland
  • Axtell
  • Belleville
  • Blue Rapids
  • Burden
  • Bushton
  • Caldwell
  • Caney
  • Clifton
  • Columbus
  • Conway Springs
  • Council Grove
  • Delia
  • Dover
  • Dwight
  • Elk City
  • Ellis
  • Fort Scott
  • Glasco
  • Grainfield
  • Grinnell
  • Harper
  • Herndon
  • Highland
  • Humboldt
  • Independence
  • Iola
  • Kinsley
  • La Harpe
  • Lakin
  • Larned
  • Lecompton
  • Leon
  • Leonardville
  • LeRoy
  • Lewis
  • Lincoln
  • Lucas
  • Luray
  • Macksville
  • Marion
  • McFarland
  • Melvern
  • Moran
  • Mount Hope
  • Newton
  • Norton
  • Olsburg
  • Osawatomie
  • Overbrook
  • Ozawkie
  • Perry
  • Potwin
  • Quenemo
  • Randolph
  • Riverton
  • Rossville
  • Rozel
  • Russell
  • Saint George
  • Savonburg
  • Sheridan County
  • Stockton
  • Toronto
  • Vermillion
  • Wakefield
  • Wichita (South Central)
  • Wilson
  • Yates Center