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

*Pass-through non-endowed fund

Recent News

Community foundation awards over $73,000 in spring grants

Community foundation awards over $73,000 in spring grants ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $73,000 to 12 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding: Wilson Economic Development Corporation, $4,500 for the annual clean up project. Feeding the Children of Central Kansas, $5,183 to expand the summer food service program. Paul Aylward American Legion Post 174, $6,000 for building and handicap door upgrades. Ellsworth Child Care & Learning Center, $15,000 to help fund fencing for a new playground. Ellsworth County Fair Association, $5,726 for county fair upgrades. City of Holyrood, $9,891 to purchase new trash cans throughout the[...]

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 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[...]