K-State Research and Extension news service 


Manhattan, KS– Updating park benches or adding a sign to the outskirts of town may seem like small steps, but in some rural Kansas communities they are part of a bigger effort to enhance the quality of life for the area’s citizens.


For their work, several Kansas communities have been honored with funding awards for 2022. The awards were given by the Kansas PRIDE program, a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Masons and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.


Through the program, communities identify what they want to preserve, create, or improve for the future. Volunteers form a local PRIDE organization that works with K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce to accomplish its goals.


“Kansas PRIDE is a volunteer-led organization. These grants allow an opportunity to fund the hard work the volunteers provide in their communities and the state,” said Jaime Menon, Kansas PRIDE program co-coordinator. “Each community has its own unique structure, culture, and assets, and Kansas PRIDE volunteers work to bring out the best in their communities and promote what they have to offer. Through the work of these volunteers, Kansas communities continue to thrive and be a great place to live and raise a family.”


Kansas PRIDE Community Growth Grants of up to $200 each were awarded to the following two communities and their projects: