Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds allow donors to designate a specific cause or geographic area for grant making without having to name a specific organization. Grants are made through an application process administered by the Foundation and/or with a special advisory group with expertise in the field of interest.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund*
This fund was established by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund grants in Ellsworth County that address community beautification, education, environment, health & human service and inter-generational projects/programs.

Ellsworth County Cancer Fund
This fund provides grants through an application process to individuals who are in need of assistance for expenses related to treatment of cancer. Expenses may include medical expenses or travel and lodging to seek treatment, nutritional or cosmetic needs. Grants are limited to residents of Ellsworth County. For an application, click here.

Joyce Nagel Health, Education & Recreation Fund

Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Hills
This is a public health fund formed as a result of participating in the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. Like the Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund, it promotes the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund
To promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

USD 112 Central Plains Fund

USD 327 Student Benefit Fund

Wilson Forever Fund
This is a geographic field of interest fund that supports charitable projects in the city of Wilson, Kansas.

*Pass-through non-endowed fund

Recent News

Community foundation awards $103,170 in spring grants

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[...]

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting spring grant applications

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Friday, March 15, 2019. Over $117,000 is available through the following funds: Smoky Hills Community Fund – supports projects that improve quality of life for Ellsworth County residents.Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund/Kansas Health Foundation Fund – granted to projects that promote healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – available for programs and projects that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture and community beautification. Grants are limited to communities in Ellsworth County and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofit organizations, government and public[...]