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Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

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 Bontrager. “Now the community has a building that not only is more appealing but is able to be used for years to come.”

This year, over $80,000 is available to charitable projects in Ellsworth County. This cycle will fund local community projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Projects that improve the quality of life for Ellsworth County residents.
  • Projects that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification.
  • Projects that support public health programs that support and encourage healthy living across Ellsworth County.

Funding for the fall grant cycle is provided by the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Smoky Hills Community Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund. 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 September 15. Funding guidelines and the grant application are available at