Heartland Community Foundation awards over $33,000 in Trego County

HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, recently awarded over $108,000 in spring grants to area organizations across the three counties.

In Trego County, funds were distributed to the following organizations:

  • USD 208, $3,150 to update computers in the student run business, P&G Design, located downtown.
  • WaKeeney Church of God, $10,000 to fund the purchase of coffee equipment to support the operations of The Well Coffee House.
  • USD 208, $5,520 to purchase larger school instruments for students to use in the band, particularly a Tuba.
  • USD 208, $3,700 to purchase AED units to finish supplying the school where they are still needed.
  • USD 208, $1,350 to fund the purchase of a lunchroom bottle filler water fountain at the grade school.
  • USD 208, $1,519.99, for the creation of a kindergarten calming and regulation station to improve students social and emotional skills while keeping them engaged in academic concepts.
  • USD 208, $2,600 to bring back the RealityU financial simulation event for the fall of 2022.
  • USD 208, $5,250 to update desks in the high school English classroom to make education more comfortable for everyone, regardless of size.


  • STEM Harvest, $4,000 to make kids’ STEM education and technologies accessible to every child regardless of background, gender, or current skill-level.
  • Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, $2000 to provide vital services through digital transformation.

This round of grants was made possible by the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county; the Ellis County, Rooks County, and Trego County Legacy Funds; the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Heartland Community; the Heartland Healthy Living Fund; the Heartland Area Action Fund; and the Stockton Community Fund.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens September 15, with online applications due November 15, 2022. For more information, visit www.heartlandcommunityfoundation.org.