The Western Kansas Community Foundation has announced that it will award 13 local nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $27,716 from the Community Betterment Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, and various Field of Interest and Unrestricted funds for its July grant cycle.

The July grant cycle is the second of three offered each year. The final grant deadline for this year is Nov.

The Community Betterment Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, administered by WKCF, are committed to benefiting community-based projects, as well as programs targeted to benefit children in Southwest Kansas.

WKCF’s Executive Director Conny Bogaard 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.”

The July awards are as follows:

• Dudley Township Library “Kevin Horner ‘One Friend Can Make a Difference” — $1,000 to cover a portion of speaker costs for a follow-up anti-bullying presentation.

• Families Together “CareING Notebook” — $1,685 for supplies needed to provide health service notebooks to families of special needs children.

• Garden City Presbyterian Church “Northeast Community Garden” — $3,000 to be used toward the water and irrigation expenses of a new 32-plot community garden at the church.

• Greeley County Health Services “Improved Safety and Mobility for LTC Residents” — $2,000 toward the purchase of a sit-to-stand lift.

• Kansas Children’s Service League “Early Headstart Classroom” — $3,000 to furnish a new early headstart classroom, as well as provide some teacher resources.

• Kansas Society for Children with Challenges “Western Kansas Outreach” — $5,000 to provide funding toward medical equipment for children in southwest Kansas.

• Magic’s HOPE “Community Outreach Materials & Supplies” — $644 to purchase a portable pony corral.

• Satanta Area Arts Council “Dinner and a show with Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane” — $1,737 for historical dinner-theater performances from Ride into History about Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane.

• USD 214 - Odyssey of the Mind — $2,000 to go toward the fees for World Odyssey of the Mind competition.

• Wichita County Genealogical Society “Book Shelves for School Records” — $650 toward materials needed to rebuild shelving to house school and genealogical records.

• Wichita County Library “Legos at the Library” — $500 to purchase duplo legos, themed reading books and lego instruction books for a lego program at the library.

• Wichita County Parks and Rec “Shade to Save Your Health” — $5,000 to build permanent metal shade structures at the Wichita County Public Pool.

• Second Baptist Church “Kingdom Building Here on Earth”— $1,500 to replace a non-working fridge/freezer for community meal ministry.

To learn more about the application process and grant guidelines, visit the WKCF website at, call (620) 271-9484 or stop by at the office at 402 N. Main St., in downtown Garden City.