Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Trego and Rooks counties, is accepting applications for its fall grant cycle. Grants will be awarded from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, with $50,000 available per county.

Focused on improving quality of life, these grants will benefit projects and programs that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Preference will be given to applications that include community involvement and volunteerism.

“Our partnership with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation continues to support community improvement initiatives in rural northwest Kansas, and we are proud to be able to offer another round of grants in 2017,” said Sandy Jacobs, HCF executive director. “We will continue to work diligently to find and fund opportunities to meet community needs and introduce exciting new projects to our region.”

Grants are limited to projects within Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties, and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Applications must be submitted online by midnight Oct. 15. Recipients will be announced in early November.

The application and guidelines are available at http://heartlandcommunityfoundation.org/search-apply-for-a-grant/.