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Over $80,000 awarded in spring grants

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded $83,998 during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Smoky Hills Community Fund, Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund.

The following organizations received funding:

  • Holyrood American Legion Post 200/Holyrood Senior Center, $20,000 to improve Holyrood Senior Center bathroom facilities. The center is within the American Legion Post 200 building.
  • City of Ellsworth, $15,823 to construct a splash park at Preisker Park.
  • Wilson Community Foundation Inc., $10,000 for a Wilson Czech Tourism Hub, which ties together tourism attractions in Barton, Ellis, Ellsworth, Lincoln and Russell counties.
  • Ellsworth County Medical Center, $5,628 for “Stop the Bleed” training materials, kits for law enforcement vehicles and stationary kits for county public schools in Ellsworth County.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, $5,000 to begin the process of acquiring a trained pure breed dog to comfort individuals with different needs.
  • Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival, $4,995 to purchase a run/walk timing system to be used for the Wilson Annual After Harvest Czech Festival Run/Walk.
  • City of Kanopolis, $4,628 to replace unsafe sidewalks at city hall and at the library.
  • H. Robbins Memorial Library, $4,096 to update the community room with a new projector and speaker system.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $3,000 to create a documentary on the history of Fort Harker.
  • Ellsworth Family Connections, Inc., $3,000 for door replacements.
  • Mosaic, $2,493 to provide tools like a quality convection oven, Kitchen Aid commercial 8 quart mixer, cooling racks, pans, small freezer and additional miscellaneous baking utensils for a project called Mosaic Munchies.
  • McPherson County Community Foundation – Prairie Trail Byway, $2,067 to reprint 15,000 copies of Prairie Trail Byway brochure, which provides information to thousands of people traveling or planning to travel through the Ellsworth area on the Byway.
  • Wilson Booster Club, $1,768 to purchase blackout shades for the Wilson Schools Gymnasium.
  • Smoky Hills Public Television, $1,000 to provide books to children enrolled in Head Start and purchase broadcast rights to children’s educational television programs.
  • Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce, $500 to host the Post Rock Scenic Byway Mystery Tour.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens July 15, with applications due September 15, 2018. For more information,visit