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Community foundation awards over $48,000 in spring grants

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Smith County Community Foundation awards over $48,000 in spring grants


SMITH CENTER, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $48,000 to 13 projects throughout the Smith County area. The following organizations received funding:

  • Sons of the American Legion Post 166, $1,954.90 to purchase SAL Firing Squad equipment.
  • USD 237, $3,821.63 to purchase a trailer for the new Redmen Recycling program.
  • City of Kensington, $8,171 for playground equipment for the Roadside Park Playground.
  • City of Smith Center, $11,029.87 for the purchase of new water features at the City of Smith Center Pool.
  • First St. John Lutheran Church, $6,036.08 to purchase new concrete and draining system.
  • Kensington Commercial-Community Club, $4,070 to help fund the Kensington Downtown Community beautification project.
  • SunPorch of Smith County, $3,861 to renovate the back patio of Assisted Living.
  • USD 110, $933.40 for TR kitchen storage.
  • First St. John Lutheran Preschool, $1,000 to purchase new preschool classroom materials.
  • Gaylord Cemetery, $3,059 to purchase a cement slab for parking in front of the directory.
  • Country View Village, $2,000 to purchase 2 new sets of washers and dryers.
  • USD 237, $900 to assist with archery units.
  • Kensington Senior/Community Center, Inc., $1,600 to help with the cost of lawn replacement.

This round of grants was made possible by the following funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Smith County Action Fund, the Health Needs of Smith County Fund, and the Kelling-Tomlinson Donor-Advised Fund.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens September 15, with online applications due November 15, 2021. For more information, visit