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Community foundation awards over $89,000 in fall grants

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Community foundation awards over $89,000 in fall grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $89,000 to nine projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding:

  • Wilson Community Foundation Inc., $23,364 to replace playground equipment.
  • Ellsworth Fire Department, $20,000 to improve lockers.
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, $15,900 for the architectural planning, structural engineering, and site preparation for a new Fellowship Hall.
  • Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office – K9 Unit, $10,950 to purchase a new police service dog.
  • City of Holyrood, $7,970 to purchase picnic tables for the park and splash pad area.
  • Ellsworth County Economic Development, $4,000 to purchase 2 electronic kiosks.
  • Wilson Tourism Hub, Inc., $2,932 for registered trackable Geobug caches.
  • Wilson Winners 4-H Club, $2,900 for equipment to use during events and meetings.
  • Ellsworth County Historical Society, $1,200 for fence updates.

This round of grants was made possible by four 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 Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Hills and Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund, which both support public health in Ellsworth County. The foundation’s next grant cycle opens January 15, with online applications due March 15, 2021. For more information, visit