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$22,582.50 in grants awarded to area organizations

The Sheridan County Community Foundation has awarded a total of $22,582.50 in grants to five organizations in the May, June, and July 2023 grant cycles.

In May, The Sheridan County Health Complex was awarded $10,000.00 to assist in the purchase of an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine allowing for two machines at the hospital. An EKG report is obtained for most patients experiencing cardiac issues in the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. The EKG machine gives information to the provider to help determine the best treatment option for the cardiac patient. When the patient is seen in the emergency room with chest pain, an EKG needs to be obtained within 10 minutes. This leaves no room for error and increases the importance of having a working machine along with a backup. The Sheridan County Health Complex will now have two EKG machines available for use at their facilities.

Hoxie Community Schools USD 412 was also awarded $772.50 in May to take the incoming 6th-grade class on a field trip in September 2023 to participate in the Smoky Hill Adventure Program located on the campus of Fort Hays State University in Hays. The program is an effective way to strengthen communication and conflict-resolution skills, improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills; enhance self-esteem and self-awareness, develop trust in oneself and others, promote responsibility and leadership; and build cooperation and teamwork.

In June, Little Paws Daycare (USD 316) in Selden was awarded $7,500.00 to help renovate the outdoor play area surface from a dirt area to a poured-in-place safety surface allowing for the children to safely run, play, and ride tricycles and bikes all over the backyard during their outdoor play times.

Also in June, the Foundation awarded $750.00 to the Sheridan County Benefit Walk organization to assist with expenses related to their annual event in June.

Sheridan County was granted $3,560.00 in July to help purchase two (2) digital radar speed signs to be posted on the north and south ends of Hoxie’s Main Street to encourage drivers to ‘Slow Your Roll’ as vehicles and trucks travel through the downtown area. It is hoped that the signs will increase awareness of the slower 20-mile-per-hour speed limit and enhance safety for residents and guests doing business downtown.

SCCF encourages area organizations to submit applications for their projects and activities online at for funding consideration. Applications deadlines are the last day of each month for consideration during the Board of Directors monthly meeting the following month.

Six categories are considered with making grants: 1) Education; 2) Health Care; 3) Community Social Services and Security; 4) Conservation and Environment; 5) Arts and Culture; and 6) Community Beautification.

To learn more and apply, visit

Contact SCCF Executive Director Karl Pratt at or 785-675-1240 with questions regarding the application process.

SCCF is an affiliate of the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation based in Bird City. The foundation seeks to encourage, prudently manage, and distribute charitable contributions to improve the quality of life of Sheridan County residents, now and in the future. To learn more, contact Pratt at 785-675-1240,, or visit Connect with SCCF at

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