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Community foundation awards over $76,000 in spring grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $76,000 to 15 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • Kanopolis Volunteer Fire Department, $8,528.48 to assist with the purchase of various sizes of replacement turnout gear and an Automated External Defibrillator.
  • Sons of the American Legion Post 174, $12,000 for the purchase of two golf carts to assist in transporting elderly residents and citizens to more community events.
  • Kanopolis United Methodist Church, $5,133 to replace the front doors at the church.
  • USD 327, $3,598 for the purchase of two more Automated External Defibrillator to expand coverage for the district patrons.
  • City of Kanopolis, $2,000 to assist with the beginning of building a second fire station in the community to house all the fire equipment.
  • Wilson Economic Development Corporation, $3,800 to support the annual cleanup project shared between the Wilson Economic Development Corporation, the City of Wilson, and residents.
  • City of Wilson, $1,000 to replace the library’s air conditioner and furnace unit.
  • Ellsworth High School Trap Team, $4,000 for startup funds for a newly formed trap team to purchase uniforms, vests, pouches, and other safety gear.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $1,000 to place a pavilion over the caboose on their grounds so that it can be preserved.
  • City of Ellsworth, $1,300 to place an Automated External Defibrillator in the Ellsworth Health and Recreation Center.
  • Kansas Czechs, Inc., $5,000 to restore and create new Czech artwork that is displayed on the windows of businesses in Wilson.
  • Smoky Hills Public Television, $1,000 to help provide books to children enrolled in Head Start and purchase broadcast rights to children’s educational television programs.
  • Kanopolis Sunflower Civic Club, $10,000 to update the landscaping outside of Kanopolis City Library.
  • Ellsworth County Fair Association, $10,000 to provide flooring for the newly remodeled Ellsworth City Building.
  • Ellsworth County Senior Center Inc., $8,000 for the purchase of a pre-owned van to continue home delivered meals.

This round of grants was made possible by four funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Smoky Hills Community Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Hills, and the Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens July 15, with online applications due September 15, 2022. For more information, visit