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Smith County Community Foundation accepting Fall 2019 grant applications

Monday, September 16th, 2019

SMITH CENTER, Kan.—The Smith County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Friday, November 15, 2019.

Last fall, a community foundation grant helped pay for construction-grade drawings of a new Smith County Child Development Center. These drawings helped increase awareness and generate support for the project, which gained momentum through the Strategic Doing process. The center aims to provide consistent child care for the local workforce and is projected to have the capacity to care for 50 children, including the after-school program.

“Without this funding, we would not have been able to move forward and get the required documents for fire marshall and KDHE approval of the facility plan, and, therefore, would not be able to move forward with construction,” said grantee Julie Wagenblast. “Through this process, we have been able to evolve the structure into a facility that will truly fit the needs for the community.”

This year, over $50,000 in grants is available to charitable projects in Smith County through the following funds:

  • Health Needs for Smith County Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Fund – available for projects and programs that protect and promote the health and well-being of Smith County residents.
  • 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.

Grants are limited to communities in Smith County and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Non-profit organizations including government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on November 15. Complete funding criteria and the grant application are available at