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 announces fall grant recipients

  The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded $36,455 during its fall grant cycle. Projects were funded through the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund. The following organizations received funding: Ellsworth County Fair Association, $9,386 to help purchase and install a storage shed to house its growing inventory. Kanopolis Sunflower Civic Club, $8,000 to purchase 15 pole-mount snowflakes to decorate the main streets of Kanopolis for Christmas. Lang Memorial Library, Wilson, $4,813 for an outdoor sign with a changeable message board. Ellsworth County Historical Society, $4,200 for supplies to preserve, catalog and index thousands of photographs and documents in its archival[...]

Let's Make a Match Campaign launches in October

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation needs your help this month! During October, every $1 donated to the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation will be matched with a $1.50 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation! If we reach our $50,000 goal, our community will receive a total of $125,000 to support community grants and foundation operations. How to Donate: Mail: Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 265, Ellsworth, KS 67439 Drop off in person: Amber at Berkeley Capital Management, 1502 Aylward Ave, Ellsworth, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Online: Click here to make a gift online with a credit card. (Please designate your gift[...]