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Community foundation awards over $61,000 in fall grants

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Community foundation awards over $61,000 in fall grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $61,000 to 12 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • City of Kanopolis, $13,400 for repair and improvements to the Quonset.
  • City of Ellsworth, $10,000 to purchase a shelter and complete the sidewalk connection to the splash park.
  • City of Lorraine, $8,300 to purchase a mosquito fogger for the city.
  • Central Kansas Mental Health Center, $5,857 for scholarships to participants in the Mental Health First Aid program.
  • Wilson Tourism Hub, Inc., $5,000 for supplies to document community stories.
  • Ellsworth County Cares, $4,890 for preservation and updates to the building at 205 W 8th St, in Ellsworth.
  • Kanopolis Sunflower Civic Club, $4,193 for installation of a new PA system in the community building.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, $3,365 for supplies for the Wilson Community Food Bank.
  • USD 112, $2,736 to purchase three robots and a CNC laser machine for Wilson Jr./Sr. High School.
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Altar Guild, $2,000 to purchase two new Philips OnSite AED units, storage cabinets and response kits.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $1,000 for updates to the Fort Harker Guard House and Commanding Officer’s Quarter’s restrooms.
  • First United Methodist Church of Ellsworth, $750 to purchase healthy snacks and paper serving products for approximately 120 children per week

This round of grants was made possible by three funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county; the Kansas Health Foundation Fund and Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund, which both support public health in Ellsworth County. The foundation’s next grant cycle opens January 15, with online applications due March 15, 2020. For more information, visit