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Announcing Recipients of 2021 Leadership Transformation Grants

by | Nov 30, 2020 | Newsroom, Press Releases

November 30, 2020


Kansas Leadership Center announces recipients of 2021 Leadership Transformation Grants

Wichita, Kan. – The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) has selected 20 new organizations and 57 returning organizations across Kansas as 2021 Leadership Transformation Grant partners.

“In the six years we’ve offered Leadership Transformation Grants, we have more grantees than ever before,” said Ed O’Malley, president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. “In 2021, KLC will partner with 77 organizations across Kansas to help them manage change and make lasting progress for years to come.”

Every year, KLC provides grants to civically engaged organizations across Kansas to participate in the KLC Path, a three-step sequence of leadership programs which teaches that leadership is an activity—not a position—and that anyone within an organization can exercise leadership effectively. The grants are divided among five sectors: education, non-profit, faith, government and business. In the past six years of awarding these grants, KLC has given 257 grants, trained over 8,700 people and invested $7 million in Kansas organizations and communities.

The following organizations have been selected as new 2021 Leadership Transformation Grant partners:

Business Sector Partners:

  • Ashland 2020 Inc.
  • Hays Area Chamber of Commerce

Education Sector Partners:

  • Bethany College
  • Chanute USD #413
  • Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)

Faith Sector Partner:

  • United Church of Christ Kansas-Oklahoma Conference

Government Sector Partners:

  • City of Derby
  • City of Garden City
  • City of Leawood
  • City of Topeka

Non-Profit Sector Partners:

  • Atchison Community Health Clinic, Inc.
  • Community Care Network of Kansas, Inc.
  • District 1 CBA Core Planning Team
  • Kansas City Roller Warriors
  • Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Mattie Rhodes Center
  • Rise Up for Youth
  • Strategic Leadership Academy
  • United Way of the Plains
  • United Way of Kansas

The following organizations will continue with a second phase of funding as 2021 Leadership Transformation Grant partners:

Business Sector Partners:

  • Bienvenidos KC
  • Greater Topeka Partnership
  • Rotary District 5710

Education Sector Partners:

  • Augusta USD 402
  • Blue Valley School District
  • Emporia State University
  • Emporia USD 253 Schools
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Friends University
  • Greenbush – Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
  • Kansas City Kansas USD 500
  • K-State Research & Extension
  • Lawrence USD 497
  • Newman University
  • Seward County Community College
  • Wichita USD 59

Faith Sector Partners:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Catholic Diocese
  • Central Kansas Dream Center
  • Dirt Roads Network
  • Heritage Presbyterian Church
  • Mending Place
  • Ministry Leadership Initiative
  • Saint Francis Ministries
  • Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
  • Tallgrass Community Church
  • Western District Conference and South Central Conference of the Mennonite Church USA

Government Sector Partners:

  • City of Augusta
  • City of Garnett
  • City of Wichita
  • Douglas County Government
  • Hutchinson Correctional Facility
  • Kansas Democratic Party
  • Kansas Department of Corrections
  • Kansas Department of Health & Environment
  • Linn County
  • Sedgwick County
  • Sedgwick County Republican Party
  • Shawnee County
  • Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Non-Profit Sector Partners:

  • Civic Engagement Coalition
  • Climate + Energy Project
  • EmberHope Youthville
  • Four County Mental Health Center
  • Greenwood County Hospital
  • Habitat for Humanity of KC
  • Harvester Arts Inc.
  • Hutchinson Community Foundation
  • Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Kansas Library Association
  • Music Theatre Wichita
  • NBC Community Development Corporation
  • Southwest Developmental Services
  • The Villages Inc.
  • Wichita Children’s Home

“The Leadership Transformation Grant helps organizations develop a shared language for problem solving, greater collaboration skills and the internal capacity to address and intervene in the most daunting adaptive challenges,” said Ashley Longstaff, program manager at the Kansas Leadership Center.

Applications for Leadership Transformation Grants are accepted between June and August each year. Learn more at



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