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April grants awarded to area organizations

By Karl Pratt, executive director, Sheridan County Community Foundation

The Sheridan County Community Foundation awarded three Dane G. Hansen Community Fund grants totaling $3,297.60 during the April cycle.

A $250.00 grant was awarded to the Special Olympics of Kansas to assist Sheridan County athletes participating in the West Regional Training Clinic this fall.

USD 316 Golden Plains Elementary School was awarded a $500.00 grant to help send middle school students on a field trip to Smoky Hills Adventure Program located on the campus of Fort Hays State University, Hays.

The City of Hoxie c/o Hoxie Golf Club received a $2,547.60 grant to assist in the purchase of tee box signs at the golf course.

SCCF reminds organizations to submit applications to for funding consideration by the last day of each month (rolling deadline).

Six categories are considered with making grants.

  • Education: Enhances the learning environment and expands opportunities for students. Provides increased self-reliance on personal life skills and workforce capability.

  • Health Care: Ensures access to quality health care services and promotes healthy life practices.

  • Community Social Services & Security: Enhance access to social services needed for individuals of special needs and supports systems to provide community disaster relief and general community emergencies.

  • Conservation & Environment: Support efforts to improve and maintain high air and water quality, appreciation for our natural environment and enhances economic and social benefits of outdoor resources.

  • Arts & Culture: Provide cultural and artistic opportunities to enhance the quality of life for residents and to encourage tourism and the exchange of ideas.

  • Community Beautification: Support efforts to improve and maintain public spaces to enhance community pride and encourage socialization among residents.

Organizations are encouraged to contact Pratt with questions related to the online 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 in Sheridan County residents, now and in the future. To learn more, contact Pratt at 785-675-1240,, visit Connect with SCCF at

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