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Community foundation awards over $59,000 in spring grants

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Community foundation awards over $59,000 in spring grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $59,000 to 14 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • Wilson Heritage Museum – Past & Present Inc., $10,458 for a handicapped accesible ramp.
  • Paul Aylward American Legion Post 174, $8,036 to upgrade heating systems.
  • Ellsworth Child Care & Learning Center, $7,620 to convert lighting to LED lights.
  • USD 327, $5,397 to purchase additional AED machines.
  • Lang Memorial Library, $5,000 for restorations to the library.
  • Wilson Economic Development Corporation, $4,800 to fund a clean-up event.
  • Ellsworth Family Connections, Inc., $4,442 for a new heating and air conditioning unit.
  • City of Kanopolis, $3,763 for community beautification.
  • Ellsworth County Fair Association, $3,625 for upgrades for the county fair.
  • Feeding the Children of Central Kansas, $3,592 to purchase equipment for the Feeding the Children program.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $1,086 to purchase display cases.
  • Ellsworth County Economic Development, $1,000 to hold training for the non-profit sector.
  • USD 327, $536 to create a mobile first aid station.
  • Ellsworth County Senior Center Inc., $349 to replace emergency lights.

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, 2020. For more information, visit