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 2019, Project Drive awarded $33,706 to 9 projects in Cloud, Lincoln, 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.

2019 Project Drive Grant Recipients
Front row (from left): Kara Nobert, Clyde Ball Association; Ashley Johnson, Ottawa County Summer Café; S. Jean Rosemarynoski, Sisters of St. Joseph; Veazey Nevitt, A Work In Progress Yoga Studio. Back row (from left): Ron Brubaker, Minneapolis Public Library, Amanda Rensink, Markley Grove Park Friends Inc.; Ambria Gilliland, Sisters of St. Joseph; David Dohe, Lincoln County Emergency Management; Cathie Salazar, Lincoln Senior Center; Chas Hauck, Ottawa County Wrestling Club.
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.
2019 Recipients:
A Work in Progress

$2,800 will assist in purchasing rolling mirrors for the yoga studio in Salina, KS.

Clyde Ball Association

$7,500 will assist in replacing worn out bleachers with two new stainless bleachers in Clyde, KS.

Lincoln County Emergency Management

$4,583 to purchase an emergency siren and generator in Hunter, KS.

Lincoln Senior Center

$625 to purchase round tables for meals and events at the senior center in Lincoln, KS.

Markley Grove Park Friends, Inc.

$8,445 was awarded for the purchase of swings, playground border, and surface material in Minneapolis, KS.

Minneapolis Public Library

$1,863 will help to purchase updated computers and equipment to better serve the patrons and community members in Minneapolis, KS.

Ottawa County Summer Café

$700 will help to purchase an upright freezer to prepare meals for the youth in Minneapolis, KS.

Ottawa County Wrestling Club

$3,315 will help purchase new singlets and headgear for the wrestlers in Minneapolis, KS.

Sisters of St. Joseph

$3,875 to install handicap accessible doors at the Motherhouse in Concordia, KS.

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FAQs
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 emailed 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 www.huyett.com/projectdrive.
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.