Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds allow donors to designate a specific cause or geographic area for grant making without having to name a specific organization. Grants are made through an application process administered by the Foundation and/or with a special advisory group with expertise in the field of interest.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund*
This fund was established by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund grants in Ellsworth County that address community beautification, education, environment, health & human service and inter-generational projects/programs.

Joyce Nagel Health, Education & Recreation Fund

Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Hills
This is a public health fund formed as a result of participating in the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. Like the Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund, it promotes the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund
To promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

USD 112 Central Plains Fund

USD 327 Student Benefit Fund

Wilson Forever Fund
This is a geographic field of interest fund that supports charitable projects in the city of Wilson, Kansas.

*Pass-through non-endowed fund

Recent News

Community foundation awards scholarships

Community foundation awards scholarships Janae SchulteJohn CriswellJordyn CoonrodKara RodriguezMicah BoltonSara KleinAlexa Hutchins-TalbottBrandalyn ThyfaultHannah WilsonHayden RogersWestin HughesMason Prester ELLSWORTH, Kan.— The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation has awarded over $16,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. The Caryle Jean Bender Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Jordyn Coonrod, Ellsworth, Hayden Rogers, Ellsworth, and Hannah Wilson, Ellsworth all received an $833 scholarshipThe Charles and Velma Westerman Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Jordyn Coonrod, Ellsworth, received a $1,100 scholarship, Michah Bolton, Ellsworth, received an $850 scholarship, Alexa[...]

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Last fall, the Kanopolis Strategic Doing group identified the need to repair and paint an old Quonset as well as replace the large garage door to the building. With a grant from the community foundation, the group was able to repair, paint and install a new door to the building so it can continue to be utilized by community organizations. "Without the Smoky Hills Charitable Grant, this project would not have been possible,"said grantee Jan[...]