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Heartland Community Foundation grants over $170,000

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

During its spring grant cycle, Heartland Community Foundation awarded over $170,000 in grants to organizations in Rooks, Ellis and Trego Counties.

Over 30 area programs and projects received funding. The following awards were presented by HCF board members at the end of August:

  • Stockton Grade School was awarded $9,686 for the Tinkering Tigers after school program. Geared toward first through sixth graders, the program promotes creativity by allowing students to design, create and share a variety of projects in a safe makerspace.

  • Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center was awarded $7,500 to remodel facilities they use to serve abused children and their families in times of crisis.

  • Hays Community Theatre was awarded $5,000 to purchase a new printer and help pay for the installation of a professional stage.

  • Breathe Coffee House’s Dialogue Ministries received $5,000 toward the installation of a touch-screen monitor and development of a mobile app to connect the community with local services opportunities.

  • The City of Plainville was awarded $4,500 for the purchase of a mosquito sprayer and spray to help reduce the community’s mosquito population.

  • Rooks County Healthcare Center received $4,450 to purchase both a non-invasive neonatal jaundice meter to more accurately screen newborns for jaundice and equipment necessary to train medical staff in the resuscitation of new-born infants.

  • Rooks County Healthcare Center also received $1,637 to modernize the business office by replacing two outdated printers and adding a third.

  • Holy Family Elementary School in Hays received $800 for pre-kindergarten classroom supplies.

With a focus on improving quality of life for residents in the HCF service area, these grants were awarded from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, Heartland Area Action Fund and the Heartland Healthy Living Fund. Together, these funds support the areas of education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, community beautification and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Additionally, HCF is now accepting applications for fall grants from these funds. Applications must be submitted online by midnight on October 15, 2017.

To apply for a grant, click here.

For more information, please contact Sandy Jacobs, HCF executive director, at (785) 621-4090 or

About Heartland Community Foundation

Since 2007, Heartland Community Foundation has been connecting donors with philanthropic causes they love. As an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation, HCF is proud to serve the communities and residents of Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. For more information, visit