News Release

Smith County Community Foundation awards over $64,000 in fall grants

SMITH CENTER, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $64,000 to eleven projects throughout the Smith County area. The following organizations received funding:

  • Smith Center Fire Department, $15,000 to purchase new bunker gear to better protect the firemen.
  • USD 110, $2,523.36 to purchase Stop the Bleed Kits for classrooms and event rooms in each of the 3 schools that make up USD 110.
  • Smith County, $2,000 for advertising and printing expenses in local and outer area papers for the Big Kansas Road Trip in Smith County.
  • Kensington Senior/Community Center, Inc., $3,000 for the purchase and installation of a fabricated pitch top awning.
  • USD 237, $12,000 to help with the purchase of a Computer Numerical Control Router package, delivery machine, and Dell Inspiration Laptop.
  • USD 110, $3,500 to purchase speakers for the Kensington football field and assist with the installation by a professional sound technician.
  • Walk His Way LTD, $4,000 to assist paying contracts for the recording artists at Walk His Way 2023.
  • City of Lebanon, $1,500 to hire a contractor to patch the roof of the Community Hall.
  • Smith County Memorial Hospital, $7,849 to purchase the non-invasive infant Drager Jaundice Meter JM-105 plus the required five-year point-of-sale service kit.
  • City of Smith Center, $6,500 to purchase 10 Red Oak Trees from Blueville Nursery and a tree spade.
  • Smith County Child Development Center Inc., $6,911.06 to purchase kitchen appliances and utensils for the Development Center.

This round of grants was made possible by five funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smith County and the Health Needs of Smith County Fund, that supports the public health of Smith County, the Smith County Action Fund, which supports community grantmaking, and the Kelling-Tomlinson Family Donor Advised Fund.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens February 15, with online applications due April 15, 2023. For more information, visit