News Release

Community foundation awards over $100,000 in fall grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Community Foundation awarded over $100,000 to ten projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • City of Wilson, $14,729 to purchase and install three commercial garage doors, openers, and remotes for the Wilson Fire Station.
  • Ellsworth County Economic Development, $11,545 to fund the Ellsworth County STEM Innovation Initiative.
  • City of Holyrood, $13,928 to remove, purchase and install new exercise equipment at the Holyrood Fitness Center.
  • City of Ellsworth, $4,000 to renovate the current baseball and softball fields.
  • Mosaic in North Central Kansas, $2,164 to fund the initial start-up expenses, including a stipend for instructors and purchase necessary equipment for the Yoga for All Abilities program.
  • USD 327, $21,762 to purchase the digital mixer that is installed in an equipment rack, 2 wireless systems, 2 handheld transmitters, power amplifier, and power protection.
  • Wilson Czech Opera House Corporation, $15,000 to replace and rebuild the upper three courses of the stone walls.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $2,000 to hire the painter and purchase the paint for the Terra Cotta Depot.
  • Paul Aylward American Legion Post 174, $10,000 for improvement of the American Legion facility.
  • Wilson Senior Center, $6,000 to purchase a Hobart Dishwasher High-Temperature model.

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, 2023. For more information, contact Taylor Urban, Grants & Scholarships Coordinator, at or visit