Great Plains MakerSpace received the winning grant Wednesday during the annual award luncheon hosted by the Women of Purpose at Community Congregational Church.
The grant was awarded to GPMS to assist in its initiative to support girls in engineering and robotics.
ABC Pregnancy Care and the Stevens County Health Department also received grants of $2,000 for their women’s health programs.
The Women of Purpose Fund was established in 2009 within the Western Kansas Community Foundation. Area women who made donations to create a permanently endowed fund to help support local programs focused specifically on women’s needs created the fund.
The passion and vision for women’s success in local communities has resulted in a fund of more than $150,000 that supports 20 local agencies with grants totaling more than $50,000.
“Each program is selected by the voting membership,” said WKCF Program Officer Stacie Hahn. “Voting members give $100 annually to participate in the vote process to select the program that best reflects the current focus.”
The annual award luncheon is the Women of Purpose’s signature event and is sponsored by the Commerce Trust Company.
During the luncheon, Kirk Olomon of The Commerce Trust surprised attendees by announcing that the proceeds of this year’s Pancake Feed during Beef Empire Days will be added to the Women of Purpose Fund.
Commerce Bank has sponsored the Pancake Feed since 1998, and each year it selects a local nonprofit organization as the recipient of the event’s proceeds.
Donors interested in involvement with the Women of Purpose Fund can call (620) 271-9484 or visit the WKCF office at 402 N. Main St. in Garden City.