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

Friday, December 28th, 2018


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 Free Fair, $4,986 to install an electrical system in the new Smith County Show Barn and Activity Center.
  • City of Gaylord, $4,500 to help replace the existing lift station in the current sewer system.
  • City of Athol, $4,196 to build a revolving pancake grill that will assist in fundraising events for the department.
  • Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (WKCAC), $4,000 to cover maintenance and fuel costs for the WKCAC Mobile Unit to travel to Smith County and assist child abuse victims.
  • USD 237, $3,079 to purchase a tower garden science lab growing bundle for Smith Center High School.
  • Smith Center Public Library, $2,177 to upgrade furniture in the library’s social area.
  • Smith County, $1,375 to purchase equipment for a county-wide health and wellness initiative offered by the Smith County Health Department and Gardner Wellness Center.
  • SunPorch of Smith County, $1,076 for wheelchair upgrades to prevent falls during and after therapy.
  • Post Rock Extension District, $1,000 to cover speaker expenses for an upcoming Women in Agriculture conference.

The foundation’s next grant cycle will open on February 15, with applications due April 15, 2019. For more information, visit