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WKCF awards 15 area nonprofit grants

GARDEN CITY – Western Kansas Community Foundation (WKCF) is awarding 15 area nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $76,652 from the Community Betterment Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, and various Field of Interest and Unrestricted funds for its mid-year grant cycle.

The July grant cycle is the second of three grant cycles offered by WKCF each year. The remaining grant cycle of 2023 has an application deadline of November 1.   

“The Western Kansas Community Foundation is dedicated to serving all facets of the 15-county-wide community we serve. The grants awarded through our competitive grant processes each year serve as a reflection of the organization’s mission, which is to enrich western Kansas life through philanthropy, leadership, and collaboration,” said Stacie Hahn, WKCF’s Program and Marketing Director.

Money from several unrestricted funds contributes to the grants program at the WKCF, allowing the Foundation to address community needs as grants are requested and needs are made known.

The July grant cycle was no exception, with requests to support daycare and early learning, to health, and many causes in between.   

The July grant awards are as follows:

1.      American Red Cross “Alleviating Suffering in the Face of Emergencies” – $5,000.

2.      Atletico Liberal Futbol Club “Rental Cost” – $1,000.

3.      City of Montezuma “Fitness Trail Accessories” – $3,000.

4.      Community Day Care Center “Little Leaders of GCK” – $6,000 for materials and supplies.

5.      Core Community Ulysses “Core Community Ulysses” – $3,500.

6.      Finney County Historical Society “2023-2024 History Lecture Series” – $2,542.69.

7.      Finney County Public Library “Finney County Story Walk” – $5,000.

8.      GCCC Endowment Assoc. “Western Kansas Puppet Theater” – $9,000.

9.     Humanities Kansas “Enriching Western Kansas” – $2,500.

10.  Kansas Children’s Service League “Seward County Playground” – $14,000.

11.  KS Health Science Center “SWKS Medical Education Hub” – $5,000.

12.  Smoky Hills Public TV “Literacy Leadership for Children” – $5,600.

13.  St. Catherine Hospice “Comfort Zone Family Retreat” – $6,310.

14.  Turning Point Church of the Nazarene “The Great Backpack Giveaway” – $5,000.

15.  Wichita County Schools “Band Music Cabinets & Music” – $3,200.

The staff of Western Kansas Community Foundation always welcomes visiting with donors or those interested in contributing to the unrestricted funds to help with community projects.

The next grant deadline is November 1, 2023.  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 at the office at 402 N. Main Street in downtown Garden City.