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Heartland Community Foundation awards over $144,000 in grants

Friday, December 27th, 2019

Heartland Community Foundation awards over $144,000 in grants

HAYS, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Heartland Community Foundation awarded over $144,000 to 31 projects throughout Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. The following organizations received funding:

Ellis County –

  • City of Ellis, $10,000 for demolition and construction of the new city pool.
  • Hays Area Children’s Center, $9,225 to purchase infant-toddler hearing screening equipment.
  • The Arc of Central Plains, $6,145 to purchase and install wheelchair accessible equipment to the ARC park.
  • United Way of Ellis County, $5,000 to purchase duffle bags and items to include in bags for Project Suitcase.
  • Hays Arts Council, $4,500 for professional performing artists, student recognition events and awards, art class instructors and supplies, and project printing and postage.
  • Hays Senior Center, $3,966 to survey Ellis County seniors.
  • North Central Kansas Technical College, $3,545 to purchase a CPR training simulator.
  • Hays Area Children’s Center, $3,149 to purchase two Medela Breast Pumps and cases.
  • Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, $3,000 to purchase two AEDs and supplemental materials.
  • Hays Area Children’s Center, $1,500 to train child care professional staff and directors.
  • O’Loughlin Elementary PTA, $1,400 to help purchase the program One School One Book.
  • USD 432, $1,000 to purchase equipment for the Family and Consumer Science Lab.
  • USD 432, $1,000 to purchase a new scoreboard for the gym at Victoria Jr. Sr. High.
  • USD 432, $750 to purchase TI-84 or TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators for Victoria Jr. Sr. High.

Rooks County –

  • USD 270, $9,000 to purchase student desks and chairs for the high school classrooms.
  • Redbud Village, $7,995 to purchase new dining tables and chairs in nursing home dining room.
  • Rooks County Healthcare Foundation, $7,995 to purchase one ST-CSE67R Stress Controller and one V6.73 ECG Cardiosoft interface platform.
  • USD 271, $6,505 to purchase sensory equipment and cooperative engagement items for the grade school sensory room.
  • City of Palco, $5,000 for electrical work for the new emergency building.
  • USD 269, $3,800 for a speaker and supplies for the Beyond the Classroom event.
  • Stockton Recreation Commission, $3,500 to replace the ball field scoreboard.
  • Plainville Community Foundation, $3,000 for expenses for an All-School Reunion for Plainville High School alumni.
  • Damar Community Historical Foundation, $2,400 to purchase decorative trash containers and remove dead trees scattered throughout the community.
  • Sacred Heart Parish, $2,000 to provide healthy meals to needy families and senior citizens.
  • Sacred Heart Parish, $1,200 to purchase outdoor tables for the school grounds.

Trego County –

  • Trego County-Lemke Memorial hospital, $15,086 to purchase new CPR manikins, AED trainers, an iPad, and a storage cart for training.
  • Trego County Historical Society, $10,000 for construction of a workshop area in the museum.
  • Trego County Chamber of Commerce, $4,419 for signage, entertainment and promotions for the annual Buzzard Bash.
  • USD 208, $3,500 to purchase cooking equipment for FACS room.
  • USD 208, $1,973 to purchase furniture and fixtures for a mindfulness room at Trego Community High School.

Multi-County –

  • Plainville Township 11 Board, $3,400 for startup costs for Solomon Ridge Trails Association, a 501(c)3 trails development and management organization.

This round of grants was made possible by five funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout each county; the Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Heartland Healthy Living Fund which support the public health of Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties; and the Rooks County Legacy Fund and the Trego County Legacy Fund, which both focus on improving the quality of life in Rooks and Trego County.

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