News Release

Community foundation awards over $50,000 in spring grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Community Foundation awarded over $50,000 to six projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $500 to purchase paint and painting supplies, wallpaper, shades, sheet rock, carpet, and drapery material for the DAR’s Ira Lloyd Exhibit.
  • Ellsworth Housing Authority, The Pines Apartments, $20,000 to use towards the cost of The Pines Capitol Improvement – Siding Project.
  • Ellsworth Family Connections, Inc., $7,442 to remove and replace the deteriorating sidewalks around the facility.
  • Wilson Winners 4-H Club, $5,185 to purchase a 4’ fiberglass Czech Egg, painting supplies, and labor for local artist to paint the egg.
  • Feeding the Children of Central Kansas, Inc., $5,978.85 to increase the safety and ventilation of the kitchen installing a new fire extinguisher and 7' range hood over the double oven and grill.
  • Wilson Community Foundation, Inc., $12,112 to purchase and install the heater, air conditioner, and wiring and ventilation at the Wilson heritage Museum.
  • USD 327, $500 to fund the 6th grade field trip to tour the Hildebrand Farms Dairy and Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery.
  • USD 327, $491.50 to buy materials for the start of Disability Awareness Day for 7th and 8th grade students.

This round of grants was made possible by three funds at the community 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 USD 327 Student Benefit Fund, which focuses on educational opportunities not included in school budgets.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens July 15, with online applications due September 15, 2023. For more information, contact Taylor Urban, Grants & Scholarships Coordinator, at or visit