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Grants Available

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications.

ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Monday, March 15, 2021.

Last spring, the charitable foundation awarded the Ellsworth County Fair Association with funding to provide a better and safer county fair. The fair experience was enhanced for both spectators and attendees.

This funding allowed the fair association to upgrade the sound system with additional speakers and make repairs to the bleachers. This allowed them to project sound to more areas of the fair barn so participants could follow the progress of classes and spectators could hear the names of exhibitors and judges’ comments.

This year over $100,000 is available to charitable projects in Ellsworth County. Grants will be awarded from the following funds:

  • Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – available for programs and projects that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification.
  • Smoky Hills Community Fund – available for projects that improve the quality of life for Ellsworth County residents.

Grants are limited to communities in Ellsworth County and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 15.