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A look back at the grants awarded in 2018


Through the incredible generosity of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Logan, our local Sheridan County Community Foundation has been able to award $620,700 in grants to organizations with projects, events and activities benefitting Sheridan County since 2015.


Since that time, the Hansen Foundation has been awarding $100,000 to the SCCF to distribute annually as long as SCCF continues to participate in several Hansen-sponsored initiatives including the Strategic Doing process to assist in project development and completion, the annual Match Month Challenge and other initiatives.


According to the Hansen Foundation’s website:


The Dane G. Hansen Foundation works with regional foundations Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation (GNWKCF), Bird City, and the Greater Salina Community Foundation (GSCF), Salina, to assist in the distribution of grants through individual countywide community foundations throughout the Hansen Foundation’s 26-county service area.


Funds supplied by the Hansen Foundation are distributed equally among the 26 counties. Administration assistance is provided by the host foundations.


Beginning in 2014 and continuing through 2021, the Hansen Foundation has distributed $100,000 a year to each of the 26 counties. Beginning in 2022, the pass-through grant funds will be reduced to $50,000 each year in conjunction with the announcement of new funding opportunities for the countywide community foundations through the matching initiative.


It goes without saying that we are very fortunate to be a part of the Hansen Foundation’s service area, truly reaping the benefit of their amazing investment in the area.


Over the next several weeks, we would like to highlight all grants given to date from the Dane G. Hansen Community Fund administered by our local foundation.


2018 Grants Awarded: $61,497.00

  • $938.00, USD 412 Hoxie Community Schools, 6th grade field trip to Hays to participate in the Smoky Hills Education Service Center's Adventure Program on the Fort Hays State University campus

  • $1,800.00, Kenoxie Archieves & Museum, Storage materials to preserve historical copies of the newspaper

  • $3,097.00, Sheridan County Sheriff's Department, Materials for the Drunk Buster Education Program

  • $4,500.00, City of Hoxie, Construction of a nine basket disc golf course at the Hoxie Walking Park

  • $5,000.00, City of Hoxie, Replacement of lighting and poles at the Hoxie Tennis Courts

  • $6,000.00, Hoxie Gun Club, Purchase and installation of a light pole at the shooting range

  • $9,500.00, USD 412 Hoxie Community Schools, Nine indoor tower gardens for students to grow their own vegetables

  • $2,000.00, Development Services of Northwest Kansas, Security camera system at the Hoxie Development Center

  • $1,162.00, USD 412 Hoxie Community Schools, 6th grade field trip to Hays to participate in the Smoky Hills Education Service Center's Adventure Program on the Fort Hays State University campus

  • $10,000.00, Hoxie Recreation, Renovations to the Hoxie Community Center on Main Street

  • $7,500.00, Sheridan County Wellness Center, Two new treadmills at the wellness center

  • $10,000.00, USD 412 Hoxie Community Schools, Playground equipment as part of a larger community-wide fundraising campaign


As a reminder, applications for these grants are accepted on a rolling deadline of the first of every month. They are reviewed at the SCCF’s monthly meeting and notifications are sent out usually mid-month.


For more information and to apply, visit www.growsheridancounty.org/grants. You can also contact SCCF Board Liaison Karl Pratt at 785-675-1240, karlpratt.sccf@gmail.com.


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 in Sheridan County residents, now and in the future. To learn more, visit www.growsheridancounty.org. Connect with SCCF at www.facebook.com/sheridanccf.