SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Springfield’s The Kitchen Inc. (along with Springfield Planning and Development) asked the city Monday to approve their application for a $2 million grant they say could really uplift a certain part of the Springfield community.
“The goal is really to develop and implement a plan to prevent and end youth homelessness,” says SGF Planning and Development manager Brendan Griesemer.
He says it’s a grant the city will need to work hard to receive.
“It’s very competitive. We will be competing nation-wide for this but we think we have a good shot,” says Griesemer.
While the request to apply for the grant was eventually and unanimously approved by council, its approval didn’t come without questions from council members. The first of the questions came from Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky.
Her question: How specifically will they be using the $2 million.
“So are you proposing solutions or is the money for you to come up with solutions,” Fulnecky asked Monday.
It’s a question KOLR10 asked The Kitchen’s grant manager earlier that day.
“We’ll be given an initial award that will be used to make a coordinated community plan,” says grant manager, Calie Holden.
She says for now the money will be used to plan the next few steps needed to solve the issue. As for any extra funds…
“We’re able to innovate and use the money for new projects,” she says.
But even if the Kitchen is denied the grant, Kitchen representatives who spoke at Monday’s meeting say there is still hope for change just by teaming up to apply.
“At the very least the grant application forces us as a community to talk to each other and to create a plan to end youth homelessness in our community,” says one The Kitchen Inc. employee.