Group now accepting grant applications relating to area women's health efforts

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fort Scott, Kan. -- A southeast Kansas organization is making funds available for organizations who place a focus on the health of women.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas and the Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund and Giving Circle is accepting applications for a new grant opportunity for southeast Kansas 501(c)3 non-profit organizations and public institutions. The grant will provide funds to be used with programs that support women's health, specifically programs that focus on areas of women's health not currently being met at this time, according to a letter from Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.

The mission of the health fund, which was established in 2007, is "to improve the health and well being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness, and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women," according to the CFSEK letter.

CFSEK said grants will be award according to specific guidelines.

"Awards will be determined by the quality and strength of the case presented for the proposed need," CFSEK said. "The criteria that will be considered in reviewing proposals are: compatibility with Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund mission, organizational capacity, soundness of proposed strategies, resource efficiency, appropriateness of budget and plan for program evaluation."

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Education, women usually spend most of their time taking care of others and neglecting their own needs.

"Women tend to put the needs of others ahead of their own -- children, spouses, aging parents and careers -- often with serious consequences to their own health and well-being," KDHE said.

The competitive grant cycle offers local organizations an opportunity to make healthy lifestyles for women more accessible, proposing quality solutions for women's helath-related concerns.

Any organization wishing to apply for funding should contact Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Program Director Stephanie Joiner at (620) 231-8897 or stephanie.joiner

@southeastkansas.org to obtain an application. Applications should be completed and returned to CFSEK by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

According to CFSEK, all applicants will receive notification of an acceptance or declination in writing sometime in November 2008.

All accepted grant programs must be completed and evaluated by June 1, 2009, and all grant recipients will be required to submit a final report which outlines the success of the program.

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