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Community foundation awards $103,170 in spring grants

Friday, April 12th, 2019

ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded $103,170 during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Smoky Hills Community Fund.

The following organizations received funding:

  • Ellsworth Housing Authority, $20,000 for elevator upgrades at The Pines Apartments.
  • Wilson Community Foundation Inc., $19,800 for materials and signage to guide highway visitors to the historic Czech tourism district.
  • City of Ellsworth, $13,328 for additional access improvements at the Kiwanis Splash Park in Preisker Park.
  • City of Holyrood, $6,120 for new exercise equipment for the Holyrood Fitness Center.
  • Ellsworth County Fair Association, $6,050 for tables, storage racks, fans and wheel barrows for the county fair.
  • Holyrood Booster Club-Depot Project, $5,452 to finish the final phase of the Santa Fe Depot restoration.
  • Ellsworth Family Connections, Inc., $5,180 for facility renovations to enhance the safety and comfort of guests.
  • Feeding the Children of Central Kansas, $4,845 for kitchen equipment to prepare meals for children during the summer.
  • City of Wilson, $4,600 for a community clean-up event, which will cover trash and tire disposal fees.
  • City of Kanopolis, $4,496 for a community clean-up event which will cover trash and tire disposal fees.
  • Carneiro Church, $3,125 for window replacements in the Carneiro Community Center that serves the church and community.
  • Wilson Heritage Museum-Past & Present Inc., $2,635 for a new computer, software and wireless capabilities to improve museum operations.
  • City of Kanopolis, $2,595 for a new marquee sign for the City of Kanopolis.
  • Midway District Shooting Sports, $2,500 for equipment to allow youth to compete in 4-H air rifle shooting matches.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $1,700 to create cedar-lined closes for the preservation of period clothing and handmade needlework.
  • USD 327, $744 to purchase a table for new outdoor learning spaces at Kanopolis Middle School.

The foundation’s next grant will open in July. For more information, please visit