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Grants Awarded

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $73,000 to 12 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • Wilson Economic Development Corporation, $4,500 for the annual clean up project.
  • Feeding the Children of Central Kansas, $5,183 to expand the summer food service program.
  • Paul Aylward American Legion Post 174, $6,000 for building and handicap door upgrades.
  • Ellsworth Child Care & Learning Center, $15,000 to help fund fencing for a new playground.
  • Ellsworth County Fair Association, $5,726 for county fair upgrades.
  • City of Holyrood, $9,891 to purchase new trash cans throughout the community.
  • City of Kanopolis, $4,916 to replace the mulch at the City Park.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $2,200 to fund depot sidewalks.
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas, $2,500 to assist with Mobile Outreach Care for Ellsworth County residents.
  • City of Wilson, $4,872 to repair Wilson Jellison Park Baseball Field.
  • Midway District Shooting Sports, $4,500 to purchase start up supplies for the Shotgun Project.
  • Wilson Winners 4-H Club, $8,485 to help fund a storage shed.

This round of grants was made possible by two funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county and the Smoky Hills Community Fund, which supports the present and future needs of Ellsworth County.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens July 15, with online applications due September 15, 2021.