In October 2020, Board Members from the Central Kansas Conservancy announced that they were accepted as participants in the “A Community Thrives Challenge.”
A Community Thrives is a program funded by the Gannett Foundation and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, which invests in community-building initiatives across the country.
To receive the grant, the organization had to demonstrate community support through donations through a four-week fundraiser campaign that started in September and ended in the second week of October. Being a competitive grant, the organization had to compete in a tier of 350 other organizations. The CKC’s goal was $7,000; however, they surpassed that goal by $9,300, bringing the total amount raised to $16,300. Since the CKC demonstrated a considerable amount of community support, the Gannett Foundation awarded the CKC a grant of $7,500. The grant money, along with the generous donations from the trail’s supporters, totals $23,800 and will be put toward the completion of the remaining four mile stretch between the two sections of Meadowlark Trail, establishing a continuous corridor between the McPherson and Lindsborg communities.
The CKC sincerely appreciates the Gannett Corporation for the opportunity to participate in the A Community Thrives Challenge and especially the CKC supporters…the trail would not be possible without their overwhelming support through volunteerism and monetary donations. If you would like to get involved or learn more about our organization and our trails, please visit our website at www.centralkansastrails.org.