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 Smith County that address community beautification, education, environment, health & human service and inter-generational projects/programs.

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

Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smith County
This fund was established with matching dollars from the  Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. It serves the same purpose of the  Health Needs of Smith County Fund and promotes the health and well-being of individuals  and communities in Smith County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles,  behaviors and environments.

*Pass-through non-endowed fund.

Recent News

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

The Smith County Community Foundation is accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications open Friday, February 15 and are due Monday, April 15, 2019. Over $50,000 in grants is available to charitable projects in Smith County through the following funds: Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund - available for programs and projects that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification.Smith County Action Fund – available for projects that improve the quality of life for Smith County residents. Grants are limited to communities in Smith County and will be awarded through a competitive application[...]

Smith County Community Foundation awards $50,000 in fall grants

  The Smith County Community Foundation recently awarded over $50,000 to area organizations during its fall grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Smith County Action Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smith County and the Health Needs for Smith County Fund. Recipients include: USD 237, $10,000 to purchase Chromebooks for Smith Center Elementary. Smith County Child Development Center Inc., $7,000 for construction grade drawings for the new facility construction project. Kensington Lion's Club, $7,000 to purchase a vision screener to screen students in the county schools and preschools for vision problems. Smith County[...]