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SCCF awards over $86,000 in spring grants

Thursday, May 24th, 2018


The Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $86,000 to area organizations during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Smith County Action Fund.

Recipients include:

  • St. John Lutheran Church, Athol, $21,501 to create handicap accessible restrooms at the church.
  • USD 237, $11,362 to purchase nine computer workstations loaded with Chief Architect Design Software to enhance the wood technology class curriculum.
  • City of Gaylord/Gaylord Volunteer Fire Department, $10,000 for to purchase complete sets of personal protective equipment for all thirteen of its department members.
  • Thunder Ridge, $8,520 to purchase 40 new iPads and covers for the school district.
  • USD 237/Smith Center Elementary, $8,000 to purchase 60 Chromebooks, enough for two roaming labs, that could be used school wide.
  • USD 237 Smith Center, $5,632 to purchase a large stationary mixer for the school food service.
  • U.S. Center Foundation, Inc., $5,000 to provide supplemental funding for the Lebanon Bash concert.
  • Gaylord Cemetery, $5,000 to straighten the damaged or deteriorating gravestones at the Gaylord Cemetery.
  • First Christian Church, $3,500 to make the entrance handicapped accessible and safe by replacing sidewalks from the parking lot to the front entrance and removing dying bushes.
  • Heart Choices, $2,500 for car seats, cribs, curriculum updates and car seat safety training to continue the Smart Parents/Safe Kids of Smith County program.
  • Lebanon Community Library, $1,534 to add alternative seating and a table with USB ports for after school patrons working on homework.
  • Smith County, $1,500 to conduct a Smith County recycling and health/wellness assessment survey.
  • City of Lebanon, $1,170 to update main street lights, flags and flagpoles.
  • Post Rock Extension District, $975 for the Dining with Diabetes program, conducted by trained Kansas Extension educators.

The foundation’s next grant cycle will open on September 15, with applications due November 15, 2018. For more information, visit