Western Kansas Community Foundation is awarding 14 local nonprofits with grants totaling about $21,350.
The funds come from the Community Betterment Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, and various Field of Interest and Unrestricted funds for its March grant cycle.
The March grant cycle is the first of three offered by WKCF each year, and the next grant deadlines are July and November 1, respectively.
The funds administered by WKCF are targeted toward benefiting community-based projects and programs benefiting children in southwest Kansas.
Conny Bogaard, WKCF’s executive director, said the grants were awarded “as a reflection of the organization’s mission, which is to enrich western Kansas life through philanthropy, leadership and collaboration.”
After reviewing 21 applications for the March grant cycle, the Grants Committee awarded:
• ABC Pregnancy Center with $3,049 for an updated curriculum for parents and caregivers;
• Buffalo Robotics with $1,600 for shared materials needed for the 2018 “Mission to Mars” themed summer camp for third- to 12th-grade students;
• Community Daycare with about $2,288 to purchase new nap mats and high chairs for the Eighth Street location;
• Finney County Historical Society with $250 to cover a portion of the presenter fee for “An Evening in the Past” presentation called “Cattle Towns and Soiled Doves”;
• Garden City Arts with $1,750 to help cover costs of local musicians and performers;
• Gray County Over 50 with $2,000 to cover the remaining costs of new carpet for the facility;
• Great Plains Development with $578 for supply expenses associated with meetings and informational resources;
• Jana’s Campaign with $1,185 for curriculum and materials needed to provide comprehensive gender and relationship violence prevention programs for middle and high school students;
• Kearny County Development with $1,500 to assist with costs of purchasing a digital directory for the cemetery;
• Oasis of Peace with $1,00 to cover the costs of over-the-counter medications for women served;
• Real Men Real Leaders with $1,650 to purchase 30 digital cameras to be used year-round for presentations and scrapbooks;
• Smoky Hills Public TV with $1,500 to support costs of 2018 performances;
• Tumbleweed Festival with $1,500 to assist with the cost of one performance during the Friday night kickoff events.
“The Western Kansas Community Foundation works to support and increase access to valuable services provided by nonprofits,” said WKCF Program Officer Stacie Hahn.
She added that WKCF provides support to nonprofits in 15 southwest Kansas counties through its grant programs, including Finney, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Meade, Morton, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita counties.
“This cycle’s grant recipients are a small slice of the pie representing nonprofits in a handful of those communities,” Hahn said. “WKCF is dedicated to impacting the quality of life for residents of our small corner of the world.”
To learn more about the application process and grant guidelines, visit the WKCF website at www.wkcf.org, call (620) 271-9484, or visit the office at 402 N. Main St. in downtown Garden City.