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Smith County Community Foundation awards $30,000 in fall grants

Friday, December 27th, 2019

Smith County Community Foundation awards $30,000 in fall grants

SMITH CENTER, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $30,000 to 10 projects throughout the Smith County area. The following organizations received funding:

  • USD 110, $12,000 to purchase new band instruments for the instrumental program at Thunder Ridge school.
  • City of Kensington, $4,000 to purchase new swimming pool cover.
  • SunPorch of Smith County, $3,500 to purchase a full transfer lift.
  • Smith County, $2,500 to purchase an S60 Light Commercial Elliptical for the Gardner Wellness Center.
  • City of Smith Center, $2,481 to purchase a single post pyramid cantilever shade cover for the patio area located at the Municipal Airport.
  • Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, $2,000 for thank you bags and supplies for children seen at WKCAC.
  • USD 237, $2,000 for a therapy dog for Smith Center Elementary.
  • Smith Center Chamber of Commerce, $1,507 to replace flags downtown.
  • City of Kensington, $923 to continue improvements to the vacant lot on Main Street.
  • SunPorch of Smith County, $900 for a raised garden for SunPorch of Smith County.

This round of grants was made possible by three funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county, and both the Kansas Health Foundation Fund and Health Needs for Smith County Fund, that support the public health of Smith County.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens February 15, with online applications due April 15, 2020. For more information, visit