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Charitable foundation awards over $70,000 in fall grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $70,000 to thirteen projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • City of Kanopolis, $4,977.98 to continue community beautification and clean-up events.
  • City of Wilson, $8,297.67 to replace bunker gear for the Wilson Fire Department.
  • Holyrood Booster Club-Depot Project, $2,325.58 for the Holyrood Historic Santa Fe Depot Preservation Weatherization Project.
  • Ellsworth Child Care & Learning Center, $11,000 to construct a new fence around the playground.
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, $16,000 to help purchase and construct a new Fellowship Hall.
  • Ellsworth County, $2,500 to replace the water fountains in the courthouse.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $1,300 for building repairs and needed office supplies.
  • Paul Aylward American Legion Post 174, $4,641 to update the Hall by making it safer and more energy efficient.
  • Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival, $8,108.26 to purchase portable benches.
  • City of Ellsworth, $5,000 to modernize the clubhouse facility at the golf course.
  • Wilson Chamber of Commerce, $3,930 for the removal and replacement of the north sidewalk and handicap entrance at Ed and Lavange Shiroky Memorial Park.
  • Ellsworth Area Arts Council, $1,530 to update the computer, computer programs, and printer.
  • Wilson Chamber of Commerce, $640 to update one of the billboard signs that promotes the World’s Largest Hand Painted Czech Egg and the Wilson community.

This round of grants was made possible by three funds at the charitable foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Smoky Hills Community Fund, which both focus on improving quality of life throughout the county; and the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Hills, which supports public health in Ellsworth County.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens January 15, with online applications due March 15, 2022. For more information, contact Andrea Reed, Foundation Coordinator, at or visit