State Outreach Program

Developing Community Programs in Kansas

Assisting Kansas towns in developing community education/development programs since 1979

CRA logoUFM's State Outreach Program began in 1979 as the result of legislation called the Community Resource Act (CRA). Funding from this program allows UFM to assist Kansas towns in developing community education/development programs to meet the needs of their specific area. Learn more about the history of this program.

Currently, the Community Outreach Program may assist communities on Kansas thorugh technical assistance to help communities with grant searches, training on program development, volunteer recruitment, fund raising, publicity and other areas that will assist in the growth, development and stabilization of their community education projects.

For information about the Community Resource Act Program, or grant writing assistance, call UFM at (785) 539-8763, write at 1221 Thurston, Manhattan, KS 66502, or e-mail ufm@ksu.edu, or cmb@ksu.edu


Since its development in 1979, CRA has assisted over 100 communities with mini-grants. Here is the list of programs currently receiving assistance.

CRA History:

The Community Resource Act State Outreach Program began with the receipt of a small grant from the Kansas Committee for the Humanities in 1974. That fall, three communities, Abilene, Clay Center, and Marysville, hosted forums on the Future of Small Towns in Kansas: the Case of Abilene, etc. and included a session in each place about what a free university-community education program might look like. A major grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) 1975-77 and from VISTA (which provided 12 volunteers a year for two years) allowed the creation of 12 local community education programs in Central and Western Kansas; 10 of these programs were taken over locally. A second FIPSE grant 1977-79 facilitated training groups in fifteen additional communities to start local community education programs. These activities, in part, culminated in the Community Resource Act passed by the Kansas Legislature in 1979 to facilitate the development of community education programs across the state. Funding from this program allowed UFM to assist Kansas towns in developing community education/development programs to meet the needs of their specific area. This funding was discontinued in 2015. Over 100 communities took advantage of the grant funds and program development consultations.

 

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