Special to The Hays Daily News

The Heartland Community Foundation, serving Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties, announced today the issuance of $250,000 in grant checks to recipients representing non-profit organizations in all three counties served.

“We received 73 applications for grants from the Heartland Area Action Fund, Healthy Living Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund for over $1,100,000.00,” said Susan Bowles, grant committee chair and newly elected president of the Heartland Community Foundation Board of Directors. “At the Heartland Community Foundation we highly value our partnership with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the trust they place in us to select the various grant recipients. We look forward to the completion of the various projects and know they will help make West Central Kansas a better place for all our citizens to live.”

Ellis County grant recipients from the Heartland Area Action Fund were: The Ellis Baptist Church for Kitchen Renovation and Ellis County Extension Master Gardeners for Backyard Family Garden Demonstration.

Rooks County grant recipients from the Heartland Area Action Fund were: Fusion Youth Center for the Endless Summer Fun Project.

“This year we were able to award over 59 grants to very worthy organzations in our service area of Trego, Rooks and Ellis County,” said Sandy Jacobs, Executive Director of the Heartland Community Foundation. “This is significantly greater numbers than in previous years. Without our generous donors, including the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan, none of this would be possible. We will likely consider another grant cycle in the fall of this year. Grant applicants can find more information on our website heartlandcommunityfoundation.org.”

Ellis County’s 26 grant recipients from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund include: Jana’s Campaign, Inc.’s Model of Gender Violence Prevention; Holy Family Elementary School Interactive Science Equipment; Nex-Generation Roundup for Youth, Inc. W8T 2 TXT (Wait to Text) Distracted Driving; Lincoln Elementary School for Ready Writing Workshop- Special Education; Society of Friends of Historic Fort Hays’s Saluting Historic Fort Hays: 150 Years Guarding the Plains; United Way of Ellis County for Community Partnership Awareness; Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland for the Reality U Program; Downtown Hays Development Corporation for Event Fencing; Lincoln Elementary School – Innovation and STEM Lab; First Care Clinic, Inc, Enhanced Services for FCC Satellite Clinic; Learning Cross Preschool for Planting a Purpose project; Hays Recreation Commission for HRC Leisure Center; CASA of the High Plains for Our Safe Place; Hays Community Theater’s Table and Chair project; Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters for Fitness Friendzy; Hays Arts Council, Inc for HAC Professional theater for Children and Families. Smoky Hill Public Television Literacy Leadership for Children; USD 489 Foundation for Educational Excellence for the Visitor Management Database and Scanner Hardware; USD 489 Early Childhood Connections for Preschool Connections Preschool Security project; City of Victoria Fire Department Protective Gear; Ellis County Fair for Ag-Education Night; Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas Mobile Outreach; Ellis County Historical Society’s Artifact and Document Preservation project; First Call for Help Homelessness Solutions.

Trego County had 13 recipients of the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund: Nex-Generation Round Up for W8T 2 TXT project; Trego Co. Rural Fire and Rescue for High Angle Rescue Equipment; USD 208 for AED (Automated External Defilbrillator); Wakeeney Housing Authority Health and Human Services Needs; Trego County Historical Society’s Wall Mural Enhancement Project; Smoky Hill Public Television Literacy Leadership for Children; Jana’s Campaign Inc for the Model of Gender Violence Prevention; Prairie Faith Shared Ministry Concert in the Park; Catholic Charities for Northern Kansas Mobile Outreach; Wakeeney Lions Club Scout Building; Western Ks Veteran’s Center for Wakeeney Pride project; American Legion Auxiliary Letters from Home; Prairie Faith Shared Ministry’s Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit 2016 event.

20 Rooks County Recipients were: Plainville Memorial Library for the Community Art Mural; Stockton Grade School’s Tinkering Tigers; Rooks County Healthcare Foundation for Radiology Patient Care program; Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth Inc. W8T 2 TXT project; Jana’s Campaign Inc for the Model of Gender Violence Prevention; USD 270 Elementary Science Lab; Rooks County Healthcare Foundation CPR Training Project; City of Stockton Pocket Park; Rooks County Health Department Upgrade Monitors; Plainville Senior Center/Township Hall Furnishing of Senior Center; Smoky Hill Public Television Literacy Leadership for Children; Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce Peony Festival Project; Rooks County Healthcare Foundation Airborne Disease Precaution Project; USD 270 Marching and Concert Band Percussion; Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas Mobile Outreach; Plainville Rescue Squad Equipment; Damar Community Historical Foundation Technology Improvement; Stockton Ambulance Service Power Load Cot Upgrade, Plainville Wrestling Club Competition Wrestling Mat and Scale; City of Plainville Paradise Creek Festival.

The Heartland Community Foundation was established in 2007 as an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation. Heartland serves communities and their residents in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties.