Special to The Hays Daily News

The Board of Directors of the Heartland Community Foundation announces the availability of eight grants for individuals and organizations in Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties whose projects are charitably related and benefit the greater good of their communities.

"Our goal is to help nonprofit organizations, educational organizations, governmental groups, religious institutions and individuals with worthy projects and programs that improve the quality of life for our communities," said Mike Koerner, board chairman.

Four grants in the amount of $600 each will be awarded for health-related projects through the foundation's Heartland Healthy Living Fund. Four grants in the amount of $500 each will be awarded through Heartland's Area Action Fund.

Grant applications must be received at the HCF office by March 14, and recipients will be announced by April 18. Agencies that received grants in 2013 are not eligible.

to apply this year.