Leadership Lawrence is one of 17 community programs across Kansas to receive a $100,000 grant from the Wichita-based Kansas Health Foundation.
"We're very excited," said Nancy Longhurst, executive director of Leadership Lawrence.
The program is sponsored by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to recruit, educate and develop community leaders.
The foundation grant is designed to promote leadership and improve the health and well being of children in the 17 communities.
"We believe this endowment, which focuses on both community leadership and children's health, can provide additional resources for the good work that the community leadership programs are doing throughout our state," Marni Vliet, foundation president, said in a prepared statement.
Longhurst said that half the grant would be used to finance the leadership program, the other half to develop youth programs including, possibly, a leadership seminar for Lawrence students.
Leadership Lawrence was eligible for the grant because of its participation in the Kansas Community Leadership Initiative Program, also sponsored by the health foundation.
Longhurst said the programs endowed by the grant will strengthen leadership in Lawrence.
"By all 17 communities participating, that'll just make Kansas stronger," she said.
Each Leadership Lawrence program includes people representing a cross section of the community who are interested in community service and developing leadership skills.