Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds allow donors to designate a specific cause or geographic area for grant making without having to name a specific organization. Grants are made through an application process administered by the Foundation and/or with a special advisory group with expertise in the field of interest.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund*
This fund was established by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund grants in Ellis, Rooks, and Trego Counties that address community beautification, education, environment, health & human service and inter-generational projects/programs.

Heartland Healthy Living Fund
To promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Heartland Community
This is a public health fund formed as a result of participating in the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. Like the Heartland Healthy Living Fund, it promotes the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counites through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Stockton Community Fund
This is an unrestricted community grant fund that directly supports the Stockton, KS community.

Ellis County, Rooks County, Trego County Legacy Funds
These unrestricted funds formed as a result of the Twice as Nice fundraising campaign, which was created as a result of the ongoing partnership with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, and will benefit the respective county.

*Pass-through non-endowed fund.

Recent News

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, is accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications open March 15 are due Saturday, May 15, 2021. This year, over $180,000 is available to charitable projects in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, with more than $50,000 available per county. This cycle will fund local community projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: Projects focused on improving quality of life. Projects that support the public health of Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. Projects supporting education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community[...]

Heartland Community Foundation Announces New Executive Director

Heartland Community Foundation Announces New Executive Director HAYS, KS – The Heartland Community Foundation (HCF) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director. Sarah Meitner, of Hays, assumes the role effective this week, following the impending retirement of director, Sandy Jacobs. Sandy served as executive director of the Heartland Community Foundation for five years, leading to its substantial growth throughout the three counties it serves: Ellis, Rooks, and Trego counties. She will remain with the Foundation at least through Dec. 31, 2020, and is committed to ensuring a smooth transition. Sarah brings to the position a background in marketing,[...]