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Smith County Community Foundation awards $61,000 in spring grants

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Smith County Community Foundation awards $61,000 in spring grants

SMITH CENTER, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $61,000 to 11 projects throughout the Smith County area. The following organizations received funding:

  • USD 237 – Smith Center Junior-Senior High School Library, $15,000 to upgrade the active learning space in the library.
  • West Smith County Recreation Commission, $15,000 to replace basketball and football scoreboards at the high school.
  • Smith County Child Development Center Inc., $12,000 for renovation materials for the Bright Beginnings Child Development Center building.
  • Gaylord Cemetery, $7,000 to build a directory building for the cemetery.
  • City of Lebanon, $4,500 to purchase a generator for the community center.
  • Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, $2,471 to purchase a tympanometer.
  • Kensington Commercial-Community Club, $2,000 to purchase Christmas lighting for downtown Kensington.
  • Hospice Services of Northwest Kansas, Inc., $1,070 to purchase and replace items for patient use.
  • SunPorch of Smith County, $1,000 to purchase signage for each building on campus.
  • SunPorch of Smith County, $1,000 to purchase two benches for each Green House home.
  • Special Olympics Kansas, $500 to continue virtual programs for athletes.

This round of grants was made possible by two funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county, and the Smith County Action Fund, which focuses on the present and future needs of Smith County.

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