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

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Sunday, September 15, 2019. Over $75,000 is available to charitable projects in Ellsworth County. Grants will be awarded from the following funds: 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. Kansas Health Foundation Fund and Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund – support public health programs that support and encourage healthy living across Ellsworth County. Smoky Hills Community Fund – available for projects that improve the[...]

Community foundation awards scholarships

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation has awarded over $15,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. The Charles and Velma Westerman Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Hannah Wilson, Ellsworth, and Sydney Wilson, Ellsworth, both received a $600 scholarship; Janae Schulte, Ellsworth, received a $450 scholarship; Micah Bolton, Ellsworth, Kara Rodriguez, Ellsworth, and Lukas Sebesta, Wilson each received a $300 scholarship; and Bransen Schulte, Ellsworth, Caden Whetzel, Ellsworth, and Grant Gwinner, Ellsworth, each received a $250 scholarship. The Dawn L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of[...]