Project Drive

Project Drive was founded in 2007 by G.L. Huyett, a manufacturer and master distributor of non-threaded and engineered fasteners, grease fittings, and lifting hardware, as part of a comprehensive community improvement program intended to serve the needs of non-profit organizations within a 50-mile radius of Minneapolis, KS. Grants are awarded in increments from as little as $500 up to $50,000 for any one project to a non-profit individual, institution, or organization seeking to improve a North Central Kansas community.

Project Drive started with $1,000, grew to $5,000 in 2010, and increased to $25,000 in 2015 thanks to contributions from private donors. In 2018, Project Drive awarded $59,022 to 11 projects in Cloud, Ottawa, and Saline Counties.

Applications will be accepted August 1st through October 1st and reviewed by the Project Drive Selection Committee during the month of November. Grant awards will be announced in November.

2018 Project Drive Grant Recipients
Front row (from left): Barb Young, North Salina Commumity Development, Inc.; Stephanie McAlister, Glasco Community Recreation Board; Peggy Crippen, Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas; Mary Hrabe, Community Thrift & Care; and Joyce Roe, Gypsum Community Library. Back row (from left): Larry Betrand, Golden Wheel Senior Center; Lindsay Huenefeld, Sunflower Adult Day Services; Doug Plummer, Minneapolis Noon Lions Club #7127; DeMerle Eckart, Friends of Culver; Kay Good, Tescott United Methodist Church; and Becky Selm, G.L. Huyett Charities.
50-Mile Radius:
Project Drive Map
Project Drive Criteria
  • Project must be nonprofit and may be awarded to institutions or organizations.
  • Project must be located within a 50-mile radius of Minneapolis, Kansas.
  • Post project documentation including: project plans, receipts, etc. must be provided for G.L. Huyett grant fund distribution.
  • Applications must be postmarked or emailed on or before October 1st.
  • Applicant must be available to meet with selection committee during the month of November.
2018 Recipients:
Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas

$3,500 was awarded for the purchase of a commercial freezer that will save space and allow more shelving for dry goods in Salina, KS.

Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas purchased a commercial-grade freezer. This has increased what they can store frozen. Since it takes up less of a footprint than their old freezers they are able to add more shelving.
As a former Minneapolis resident, it makes me quite proud of all that your company does to better this community. Please extend our sincerest appreciation to all at G.L. Huyett who make this grant possible.
Community Thrift & Care
$2,500 to replace the roof on the Community Thrift & Care in Minneapolis, KS.

Friends of Culver

$3,170 will assist in purchasing new storm windows and insulation for an abandoned house to rent out and then to use the rent to fund community projects in Culver, KS.

Friends of Culver wanted to provide clean and affordable housing to attract new residents to Culver, KS. They took an old abandoned house and remodeled it to be liveable and up to code. All of the rent generated from this house will be donated back to be used for community projects including emergency assistance, park equipment updates, and installing handicap accessibility equipment.
Thanks so much for supporting us on this Friends of Culver project in Culver, KS. The insulation was a huge deal and the windows help insulate and make the exterior look a lot better! Thank you again so much for your generous help in renovating this house!
G.L. Huyett Charities
$29,815 to build a raised bed garden to grow fresh produce for local food banks or families in need in Minneapolis, KS.

Glasco Community Recreation Board

$3,000 will help to repair and restore the Glasco Youth & Family Center building in Glasco, KS.

Golden Wheel Senior Center
$880 to purchase a commercial ice machine, microwave, and six insulated food carriers for their Meals on Wheels service in Minneapolis, KS.

Gypsum Community Library

$1,500 to purchase family-friendly movies and books for their children’s story hour and summer reading program in Gypsum, KS.

Gypsum Community Library purchased 85 children's books, 23 adult books, 24 children's movies, and 22 family movies.
Thank you for all the book and movies
Minneapolis Noon Lions Club #7127

$6,657 will purchase 14 high-quality maintenance free trash cans to replace the dilapidated ones in downtown Minneapolis, KS.

In April, Minneapolis Noon Lions Club purchased and installed 14 trashcans along Main St. in Minneapolis, KS.
We are so excited to bring this improvement to downtown Minneapolis and would like to say a special thank you to G.L. Huyett Project Drive Grant for awarding our organization grant funds that made this project possible!
North Salina Community Development, Inc.

$3,542 will assist in repurposing eight more donated newspaper racks into “Little Libraries” to be placed at CityGo bus stops in northern Salina, KS.

North Salina Community Development refurbished and installed eight more "Little Libraries" with a bonus one at the recycling center.
Thank you G.L. Huyett for the grant funds to the North Salina Community Development.
Sunflower Adult Day Services

$3,250 to purchase a refrigerator, stove, and upright freezer to replace worn out ones at a day care facility for seniors or disabled adults in Salina, KS.

Sunflower Adult Day Services replaced their worn out refrigerator, stove, and upright freezer.
We sincerely appreciate your organization and  its commitment to giving back.
Tescott United Methodist Church

$1,128 was awarded to purchase a laptop, projector, screen, and speaker for an after-school program in Tescott, KS.

Tescott United Methodist Church purchased the technology for their after-school program.
Thank you very much for the grant our church received to help us purchase new technology equipment for use in our Kid’s Club program.

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What types of projects qualify?
Any project that will help make your community a better place. Previous recipients of grant funds include: technology, electronics, playground equipment for schools; books and supplies for libraries; equipment/appliances for local organizations; building materials for facility renovations; and training materials for support groups.
What can I use the Project Drive grant funds for?
Project Drive Grant funds are intended solely for the purchase of physical goods: materials, supplies, tools, etc. Funds will not be reimbursed or paid out for operating costs, labor, gift cards, existing expenses, or materials purchased prior to grant award date, or physical goods consumed in day-to-day activities.
When are applications available?
Applications are available each year in August.
When are applications due?
Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed on or before October 1st each year. Any applications sent after this date will not be eligible for grant consideration.
How will I know if my project will be selected?
You will be notified by mail if your project is selected.
When will selected applications be announced?
Grant award recipients will be announced during our annual Company Thanksgiving gathering held in November on the day before Thanksgiving. Awards will be announced though local newspapers by December 1st and posted online at
How are grant funds distributed?
If your project is selected, grant funds will be distributed by G.L. Huyett following the receipt of an invoice showing the purchase of materials related to your project.