LACF was started in 2001 and registered as a non-profit with the state in 2005 when it received its first grant. It has grown from the original 8 members to average 25 to 30 members at each monthly meeting representing 20 entities of the community. It was formed to address gaps in services and programs that the community needed to be a strong, healthy community. The idea was to identify and pro-actively address community problems.
Although it struggled to survive in its early years, LACF was able to contract with Wichita State University to conduct a community assessment to establish some base line on needs in the community and to conduct a training for volunteers and volunteer coordinators with K-State Extension.
Through its grant history, a number of non-profits have served as its fiscal agent, primarily the Seward County United Way but also the local K-State Extension office, the High Plains Heritage Foundation and the Southwest Guidance Center. One of the benefits of the long relationship with the Seward County United Way is that the Coalition did not have to pay for a separate audit. In 2016, the LACF acquired its own 501C3 and also moved into its own office space at 150 Plaza Drive.
2008 CDRR, SPF/SIG
2009 CDRR, SPF/SIG
2010 CDRR, SPF/SIG
2012 CDRR– Breastfeeding Education Support, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (UMHMF), Children’ s Cabinet Trust Fund (CBCAP), Kansas Health Foundation - Healthy Community Initiative (KHF/HCI)
2013 CDRR, CDRR Supplemental, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, CBCAP
2014 CDRR, CDRR Supplemental, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, CBCAP, Russell Childhood Development Center - Learn and Play (L&P)
2015 CDRR, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, SPF/SIG, L&P
2016 CDRR, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, SPF/SIG, L&P
For a list of our current grant initiatives, click here.