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Heartland Community Foundation awards over $163,000 in grants

Friday, December 28th, 2018


The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, recently awarded over $163,000 in fall grants to area organizations across the three counties.

Grants were funded through the foundation’s Heartland Area Action Fund, Dane G. Hansen Community Action Fund, Heartland Healthy Living Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Legacy Funds for Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties.

The following organizations received funding:

Ellis County

  • The Arc of Central Plains, $15,000 to purchase sensory equipment for a new Accessible Recreation Complex playground.
  • O’Loughlin Elementary PTA, $10,000 for new playground equipment at O’Loughlin Elementary.
  • Grow Hays, $10,000 for technology upgrades to BriefSpace meeting facilities.
  • Community Foundation of Ellis, $7,308 for lighting updates to The Little Engine That Could.
  • Thomas More Prep-Marian High, Inc., $5,080 for security upgrades.
  • Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, $5,000 to build a basement bathroom and shower for child abuse victims.
  • USD 489, $3,562 for preschool hearing screening equipment.
  • USD 489, $3,419 to purchase and implement a social-emotional learning curriculum for Kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, $3,378 to purchase hearing screening equipment for children and adults with developmental delays.
  • USD 489, $2,050 to purchase an early childhood curriculum for the Head Start program.
  • Bethesda Place, Inc., $1,500 for accessibility updates to Bethesda Home.
  • USD 489, $1,000 to purchase materials for STEM Pals, a program for fifth grade students and residents of assisted living facilities.
  • First Call for Help of Ellis County, Inc., $533 to support event costs of The Amazing Race.
  • Thomas More Prep-Marian High, Inc., $400 for the TMP-M Biology Club’s Ecological Field Study.

Rooks County

  • USD #270, $15,000 to purchase and install an electronic access control security system for USD 270.
  • Main Street Development, Inc., $8,946 to repair the former Cindy Lou’s buildings for conversion into business incubator spaces.
  • Main Street Development, Inc., $7,320 to purchase materials for the Crossroads Quilt Guild’s Quilt of Valor initiative, which seeks to provide a quilt to all Rooks County veterans and those currently serving.
  • City of Stockton, $5,531 to replace bunker gear for the fire department.
  • Plainville Recreation Commission, $5,000 for improvements to the Plainville Recreation Commission Fitness Center.
  • USD 269, $3,200 for Beyond the Classroom, a day for junior high and high school students to learn life skills and activities not generally taught in the traditional school setting.
  • Rooks County Healthcare Foundation, $2,514 to purchase bedside medication computer scanners for labor and delivery.
  • USD #270, $2,236 to purchase crisis kits for classrooms, gyms and administrative offices.
  • Housing Authority of Plainville/Country Lane Apartments, $2,000 to initiate planning for an upcoming improvement project at Country Lane.
  • Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce, $2,000 to help expand and develop several annual community events, including The Peony Festival, Stockton’s Pumpkin Patch and Olde Tyme Christmas.
  • USD 271, $1,449 to purchase quilting machine templates for the Leadership Service in Action through Quilts program.

Trego County

  • USD 208, $13,808 to purchase several pieces of new educational technology.
  • USD 208, $6,598 to purchase student heart rate monitors for Trego County High School and Trego Grade School physical education classes.
  • WaKeeney Lions Club, $5,000 to support Toys for Tots and Lions Club holiday food basket distribution in Trego County.
  • Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, $4,906 to purchase a 3D printer.
  • Zion Lutheran Church – Trego Food Pantry, $4,800 to purchase non-perishable groceries and frozen food for Trego County residents in need.
  • City of WaKeeney, $3,800 to replace a steel windmill downtown that was destroyed by a hailstorm in August 2017.
  • Church of God in WaKeeney, $1,552 to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for WaKeeney Church of God.

Applications to the foundation’s next grant cycle will open on March 15, 2019. Visit for more information.