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Over $217,000 awarded to spring grant recipients

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, recently awarded over $217,000 in spring 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 –

  • United Way of Ellis County, $6,980 to digitize and distribute the Ellis County Community Resource Directory. Learn more here!
  • Dialogue Ministries/Breathe Coffee House, $5,945 for The Neighbor Project of Ellis County.
  • High Plains Mental Health Center, $5,838 to host a local mental health awareness event in Hays, featuring suicide survivor and mental health advocate Kevin Hines.
  • Jana’s Campaign, Inc., $5,000 for teen dating violence prevention programs in Ellis County.
  • Hays Symphony Orchestra Guild, $5,000 for Hays Symphony Orchestra Children’s Halloween Concert.
  • Grow Hays, $5,000 for to redesign and rebrand the Ellis County Development Corp website.
  • Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., $4,440 for Young AmeriTowne of Kansas, which offers area students hands-on lessons in free enterprise and economics.
  • Learning Cross Preschool, $4,000 for a program in which Learning Cross students will share musical playlists with their grandfriends.
  • First Call for Help of Ellis County, Inc., $4,000 for Meals on Wheels volunteer stipen
  • USD 489, $3,710 to provide the first PREPaRE crisis training workshops for staff in Ellis, Rooks and Rush counties.
  • First United Methodist Church, $2,895 to purchase an AED device and training.
  • Hays Community Theatre, $2,760 to install new compliant bathrooms.
  • NCK Tech Hays Campus, $2,600 to provide mental health first aid training on campus.
  • Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, $2,200 to replace the front door and sidelight and install an electronic handicap button and keyless entry lock at the Employment Connections Facility.
  • Thomas More Prep-Marian Biology Club, $400 to conduct a multi-county water quality research project.

Rooks County –

  • Rooks County Healthcare Foundation, $7,000 to upgrade patient beds at Rooks County Health Center.
  • USD 271-Stockton Grade School, $6,290 to convert computer lab space into a learning studio where students can explore, create and learn individually or in small groups.
  • City of Stockton dba Solomon Valley Manor, $5,000 to enhance the outdoor living space with new furniture, shade and a raised garden planter.
  • Rooks County Free Fair, $5,000 to purchase new sound system equipment.
  • Sacred Heart Parish-Plainville Food Pantry, $5,000 to provide healthy meals for low income families and senior citizens.
  • Plainville Community Foundation, $5,000 to market “shop local” programs to Rooks County citizens.
  • USD 270 Plainville, $4,750 for a student ACT prep workshop and a professional development session for teachers.
  • Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., $4,140 for Young AmeriTowne of Kansas, which offers area students hands-on lessons in free enterprise and economics.
  • Damar Community Historical Foundation/City of Damar, $3,860 to purchase a commercial power washer for the Damar Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Hays Arts Council, Inc., $3,500 to support professional youth theatre production of “Your Alien” and a residency by the author of the book, Ellis County native Tammi Sauer.
  • Plainville United Methodist Church, $3,000 to purchase and install three sets of entry doors.
  • Plainville Community Foundation, $2,810 to purchase a picnic table with a flag table top and detailed military banners to mount next to existing light poles.
  • City of Stockton, $2,250 for city pool furniture.
  • Fusion Christian Youth Center, $2,119 for for a weekly youth summer ministry program.
  • Stockton Swim Club, $1,708 for to help with swim club costs.

Trego County –

  • USD 208, $39,857 for an IP Electronic Access Control system to meet the security needs for facilities and grounds.
  • USD 208 – Trego Community High School, $7,160 to purchase eight Frog Fitness Multi Function Exercise machines for use by the elementary, junior high and high schools.
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas, $6,000 to support Catholic Charities Mobile Outreach-WaKeeney, which provides clothes, hygiene kits, food kits, clothing, other essentials, financial assistance and case management services.
  • Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, $5,315 to purchase three electric exam tables for the medical clinic.
  • American Legion Moore Post 197, $5,000 to replace the floor.
  • WaKeeney VFW, $5,000 to install handicap accessible bathrooms.
  • Western Kansas Veterans Patriot Center, $5,000 to replace, repair and restore the Avenue of Flags.
  • Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, $5,000 for the Trego County Health Fair.
  • Trego County Historical Society, $4,689 to install LED lighting in the museum and add UV filtering film to avoid damage to historical artifacts.
  • Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, $3,445 to create a handicap accessible outdoor seating area.
  • USD 208, $3,052 to purchase wooden blocks, storage units, and wooden block vehicles for the Trego Grade School Preschool classroom.
  • Trego Arts Council, $2,000 for the Wichita Children’s Theatre project.
  • Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., $1,980 for Young AmeriTowne of Kansas, which offers area students hands-on lessons in free enterprise and economics.
  • Christ the King Catholic Church, $1,622 to purchase an AED for the parish center and training to use it.

Applications to the foundation’s next grant cycle will open on September 15, 2018. Visit for more information.