Grant Purpose and Outcomes
A nonprofit organization founded by the Kansas Health Foundation, the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) provides training to foster leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous Kansas communities. Through the Leadership Transformation Grant, KLC partners with organizations to help them create a culture of leadership that embraces change, tackles problems and seizes opportunities. We are looking for partners across the state to saturate their organization with our proven framework in order to make lasting progress on their biggest challenges.
Research findings on the impact of our courses
KLC’s own research center indicates that leadership development at all levels of an organization leads to a more engaged workforce in the non-profit sector, with employees more committed, more hopeful for the future, and more satisfied with their job. Among high-tech employees, it yields an adaptive mindset, collaborative problem-solving, and better listening and communication. And ORS Impact, funded by a third party, interviewed over 50 of KLC’s past grantees to learn the effect of leadership training on an organization. The research indicates a strong link between increasing leadership behaviors among employees, positive change to culture and greater progress on key challenges facing the organization.
Leadership development and workforce engagement
Leadership development and organizational culture change
To deliver these outcomes, we’ve developed a simple yet powerful framework. It starts with the idea that leadership is an activity, not a position, and that anyone can lead, anytime, anywhere. We offer a three-step sequence of dynamic program experiences—The KLC Path—taught by an inspiring and diverse team of teachers and coaches. By speaking to the head, heart and gut, our training shifts perspectives and empowers participants to put what they’ve learned to use immediately. The results drive lasting behavior change, with the power to mobilize an entire organization to own its challenges and seize opportunities to make more progress on what matters the most.
Leadership Transformation Grants—Overview
Watch the video below to understand why leadership could be the answer to the challenges and opportunities facing your organization or community. It also provides important information about KLC’s mission, our understanding of missional partnerships and the the kind of organizations we seek as grant partners. The interview features KLC founder Ed O’Malley, now president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, the core funder that makes KLC’s leadership grant program possible. Although several years old, these comments on the grant opportunity provide useful context and information for prospective applicants.
Our grant partners
Read about our ongoing partners and recent grant recipients from previous years.
How the Grant Works
Organizations who receive the grant will have one year to fill their slots by attending programs on the KLC Path: When Everyone Leads, Your Leadership Edge and Lead for Change. Programs must be attended in consecutive order and organizations are responsible for participant recruitment. With multiple offerings throughout the year, participants are free to choose when to attend their next program in the KLC Path. To accommodate our partners, we will host both in-person and virtual programs throughout 2024. Dates for 2024 programs will be announced this fall.
What’s not covered:
The grant does not cover the cost of books. Organizations will either need to pay for these materials or place the responsibility on individual participants to purchase program materials.
Each partner organization will establish a Core Team to take on the responsibilities of the grant. As this team is critical to successful grant implementation, its members must be identified on the application. This Core Team, of 3-6 individuals is responsible for:
- Attending KLC events and programs.
- Recruiting and supporting participants.
- Participating in regular evaluation efforts.
- Utilizing KLC resources and consultation.
Any organization from Kansas can apply, but the following types of organizations are best suited for the grant:
- Business Sector: Rotary clubs, chambers, young professional groups, civic clubs, business associations
- Education Sector: school districts, higher level institutions, school support organizations, educational networks
- Faith Sector: churches, Islamic societies, temples, district level entities, collaborative faith alliances
- Government Sector: city, county, state government agencies
- Nonprofit Sector: community foundations, health organizations, social advocacy and arts organizations
Learn more about our continuing and previous partner organizations.
Application Process (October 4 – November 15)
- To consider applying, download and review this Call for Applications document.
- Discuss the opportunity with relevant stakeholders to determine whether your organization should apply for a grant partnership with the Kansas Leadership Center.
- The application window will open October 4 and close after November 15.
- Application materials and instructions will publish on this page and be available for download on October 4.
- For more information, contact us at [email protected] or (316) 712-4950.