What We Do


Following their emPowerU experience, sixth graders applied for competitive Jump Starter Grant funds for their service-learning project. They matched their grant from Heartland Foundation as required and donations of their time and goods from area retailers to make and deliver 300 fleece blankets for homeless individuals.

Grants to Kickstart Your Passion

Making a difference sometimes requires resources you don’t have. We are excited to present several opportunities, in the form of grants, to youth and adults who are ready to make an impact in their community.


Matching grants for collaborative initiatives that explore game-changing, new approaches to meet an education/workforce development need

Jump Starters

Grants available to emPowerU® participants for youth-led service-learning projects

Project Fit

A program that supplies fitness equipment, a healthy lifestyles curriculum, and training for a cardiovascular health program in area schools