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A look back at the grants awarded in 2020


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.


2020 Grants Awarded: $97,098.86

  • $9,400.36, USD 316 Golden Plains Elementary School, Equipment and household items for the new Little Paws Daycare Center in Selden

  • $7,400.00, Sheridan County Historical Society and Mickey's Museum, Construction of a new cement foundation of the historic McGraw Hill Methodist Church was relocated into Hoxie and is now situated on the museum campus

  • $6,125.00, Main Street Arts Council, Funds assisted the arts council with its restructured Main Street Summer Theater Festival to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • $3,500.00, Sheridan County Wellness Center, Installation of new electrical outlets as well as the purchase of a weightlifting bench

  • $4,500.00, USD 412 Hoxie Community Schools, Funding assisted with the Hoxie Community Schools Family Partnership Program

  • $10,000.00, Hoxie Recreation, Renovate and expand the concession stand and restrooms facility at the Hoxie ball diamonds

  • $2,035.00, Hospice Services of Northwest Kansas, Upgrade and purchase of hospice-related tools and equipment

  • $4,100.00, High Point Advocacy and Resource Center Inc., Funds assisted with the development of a new regional addiction services agency

  • $10,000.00, Grow Sheridan County, Inc., SCCF set aside $10,000 to assist organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, offering grants of up to $1,000 per organization/cause

  • $10,000.00, Sheridan Co. Amusement Co., New safety breaks for the Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the local carnival in Hoxie

  • $1,438.50, Hoxie BSA Scout Troop 161, Cargo trailer and supplies used during their camping trips and other activities

  • $10,000.00, City of Selden, Renovation of the Selden tennis courts

  • $10,000.00, Sheridan County Hospital, Mini-spit heater/cooler for use in the Long-Term Care Unit of the hospital

  • $2,100.00, Sheridan County Benefit Walk, Rental expenses of the Hoxie 4H building for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 Blood Drive events

  • $1,500.00, Special Olympics Kansas Inc., Funds were used to support Sheridan County area athletes participating in the annual Special Olympics Kansas Competition

  • $5,000.00, Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, Funds assisted with expenses related to the mobile services unit which provides services to children and families suffering from abuse


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.

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