Designated Funds

A Designated Fund is a restricted, endowed fund held by the Foundation in which the donor specifies fund beneficiaries at the time the fund is established. The designated fund is invested for long-term growth and distributes annual grants to those charities named by the donor. Designated funds offer a simple way to support your favorite charities in perpetuity. Grants can be made in your name, or in anonymity.

The Dispatch Christian Reformed Church (supports student scholarships administered by the church)

Kansas Health Foundation Operating Fund for Smith County  (This fund was established with matching dollars from the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. It will provide an annual gift to the Smith County Administrative Fund to allow the Foundation to continue its charitable efforts in Smith County)

Kensington Lions Club Fund for Kensington Senior Community Center

Josias & Elsie Lambert Fund (supports missions and/or Christian workers through the Thornburg Church, Smith Center)

Lebanon Community Center Fund

North Oak Creek Cemetery Fund

Recent News

Smith County Community Foundation awards $61,000 in spring grants

Smith County Community Foundation awards $61,000 in spring grants SMITH CENTER, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $61,000 to 11 projects throughout the Smith County area. The following organizations received funding: USD 237 - Smith Center Junior-Senior High School Library, $15,000 to upgrade the active learning space in the library.West Smith County Recreation Commission, $15,000 to replace basketball and football scoreboards at the high school.Smith County Child Development Center Inc., $12,000 for renovation materials for the Bright Beginnings Child Development Center building.Gaylord Cemetery, $7,000 to build a directory building for the cemetery.City of Lebanon, $4,500 to purchase a generator for the community center.Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, $2,471[...]

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications SMITH CENTER, Kan.—The Smith County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This year, over $50,000 in grants is available to charitable projects in Smith County. This cycle will fund local community projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: Projects and programs that improve the quality of life for Smith County residents.Projects and programs that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Funding for the spring grant cycle is provided by the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Smith County Action Fund. Grants are limited[...]