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WKCF awards 21 grants from November grant cycle

Western Kansas Community Foundation (WKCF) is awarding 21 local nonprofit organizations with core grants totaling $75,080 for its November grant cycle.

The grants serve a wide variety of programs in the southwest Kansas region. The November grant cycle is the last of three grant cycles offered by Western Kansas Community Foundation each year.   

Grant funding is pulled from the Community Betterment Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, administered by WKCF, committed to benefiting community-based projects as well as programs targeted to benefit children in Southwest Kansas.

WKCF’s Program & Marketing Director Stacie Hahn said the grants were awarded “to address specific needs felt by the applying nonprofits, and as a reflection of the Foundation’s mission, which is to enrich western Kansas life through philanthropy, leadership and collaboration.”

Distributions from the unrestricted funds contribute each year to the grants program at the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

For the November grant cycle, the WKCF Grants Committee awarded 21 applicants. The awards include:

  1. Core Community Meade County: $4,400.
  2. Stanton County Health Coalition One Mile Walking Path: $5,000.
  3. City of Lakin City Builders Daycare: $10,000.
  4. Satanta High School Beautification/School Spirit Project: $3,000.
  5. Stanton County Recreation Legion Field Upgrade: $3,500.
  6. Grow & Learn Childcare Center Grow Healthy Habits: $3,888.82.
  7. Stepping Up Website Remodel: $1,000.
  8. Cimarron Golf Club CGC Junior Golf Program: $1,150.
  9. Scott County Historical Society Fossil Preparatory Lab Project: $3,000.
  10. Cimarron City Library Reading for Pizza -Enhancing Collection Development: $4,500.
  11. Silver Sage Renaissance Festival: $1,500.
  12. Meade County Recreation Facility Improvement: $6,000.
  13. Fowler Arts Council Flow Art Painting Techniques: $2,520.
  14. USD 217 Rolla Schools Playground Improvements: $10,000.
  15. USD 102 – Cimarron Preschool Science in the Classroom: $890.13.
  16. Ford County Breastfeeding Coalition Breastfeeding Bench for Liberal: $3,442.
  17. Greeley County Public Library Children’s Collection Organizers: $2,400.
  18. Miles of Smiles PTSD Scholarship program: $1,350.
  19. South Church of God South Church of God Food Pantry: $4,540.
  20. Atletico Liberal Futbol Club: $1,000.
  21. Sublette Recreation Commission Water Fountain Upgrade: $2,000.

In addition to the program grants, WKCF is awarding one Urgent Needs grant in the amount of $5,000 to Rolla Recreation Commission for its program ‘Providing Insurance for All Facilities.’

WKCF also allocated 20 Christmas grants from its remaining grant funds for 2022.

Each county in WKCF’s 15-county service area will receive $2,500 to be divided equally amongst animal shelters and animal control departments within each county to address overcrowding and other problems of area shelters.

An additional $3,000 grant will be awarded to the Dominican Sisters, Ministry of Presence based in Garden City, bringing the total amount in Christmas grants at $40,500.

Staff of Western Kansas Community Foundation always welcomes visiting with donors or those interested in contributing to the unrestricted funds so we can help with more community projects and programs.

The next grant deadline is March 1, 2022.  To learn more about the application process and grant guidelines visit the WKCF website at www.wkcf.org, call at 620-271-9484 or stop by the office at 402 N. Main Street in downtown Garden City.