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Foundation approves two grants in December




The Sheridan County Community Foundation awarded two grants totaling $9,944.86 during its December grant cycle.


The Sheridan County Hospital was awarded $9,244.86 for the purchase of two lift assist devices for use with Long Term Care residents and patients in the acute in-patient wing.


In an application sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary group, the grant project is described as follows, “The Long Term Care has recently been faced with different resident needs than years past. With that being said one of the main reasons for this grant application is the type of lifts that are being requested. The [LTC] has selected two different style assists that would cater to two different types of residents. The first lift is a Bolero hygiene trolley, battery powered and has a scale included. This lift is for a patient or resident that is unable to move on their own and requires complete nurse assistance for routine hygiene needs. The trolley will adjust from flat position to semi-upright allowing for the aiding nurses to move the patient from the bed directly to the bath. The second style lift assist is for patients who are not solely dependent on nurse assistance and able to rise and sit with minimal aid. One benefit of this style lift is that patients can continue to use core strength allowing them to be able to stand on their own and maintain that personal strength for a longer period of time.”


The Foundation also approved a $700.00 grant request to the K-State Research and Extension Twin Creeks District to assist with the purchase of kits and supplies for a Radon Educational Program to be held in Sheridan County in 2024.


From the application, “Radon, a colorless, odorless gas produced naturally in some soils is prevalent in Kansas. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in non-smokers. Radon Specialists from Kansas State University are encouraging all Kansas households be tested; as one in four homes in Kansas test at or above the EPA’s radon action level. Homes with elevated radon levels can install an ASD (Active Soil Depressurization) mitigation system. These reduce the amount of radon that can penetrate into the living making the home safe.


The Twin Creeks District plans to promote this program to raise awareness [at a public] event.


After the public session is over, we would like to provide each household [that attends] with a free Radon test kit to test their home. In return, we are asking participants to complete a simple survey to ensure they have tested their homes, if they have raised levels of radon and if so, what steps they plan to take to mitigate the problem.


Our offices will provide any resources that citizens may request on this topic, as well as a list of potential certified contractors who could help rectify their problem.


Any extra kits that we have left over after the public session will be made available to the public and can be picked up from our local extension office free of charge.”


For more information regarding the Twin Creeks District and the upcoming event, please visit their website at www.twincreeks.k-state.edu.


SCCF encourages area organizations to submit applications for their projects and activities online at www.gnwkcf.org/hansen-grant 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 www.growsheridancounty.org/grants.


Contact SCCF Executive Director Karl Pratt at director@growsheridancounty.org 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, director@growsheridancounty.org, or visit www.growsheridancounty.org. Connect with SCCF at www.facebook.com/sheridanccf.

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