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.

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 over $59,000 in spring grants

Community foundation awards over $59,000 in spring grants ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $59,000 to 14 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding: Wilson Heritage Museum - Past & Present Inc., $10,458 for a handicapped accesible ramp.Paul Aylward American Legion Post 174, $8,036 to upgrade heating systems.Ellsworth Child Care & Learning Center, $7,620 to convert lighting to LED lights.USD 327, $5,397 to purchase additional AED machines.Lang Memorial Library, $5,000 for restorations to the library.Wilson Economic Development Corporation, $4,800 to fund a clean-up event.Ellsworth Family Connections, Inc., $4,442 for a new heating[...]

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Sunday, March 15, 2020. Last spring, the charitable foundation awarded the Wilson Community Foundation with funding to continue the multi-phase Wilson Czech Tourism Hub project. The first phase included the creation of an interactive tourism board and creation of seven four-foot Czech eggs to guide tourists through the historic district of Wilson. The second phase of the project guides visitors to the different sites. “We have heard from past residents and tourists how helpful they are finding different locations in the city,” said grantee Melinda Merrill. This year[...]