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Foundation awards area grants

Receiving the $3,227.00 grant check at the Hoxie DSNWK center were (L-R): Justin Hrabe, Nicole Brocklehurst, Jason Oelke, Jennifer Ostmeyer, Dee Nelson, Lisa Bieker, Linda Pope, Melissa Meier, and Kayla Geerdes. Not pictured: John and Mark Richardson.

The Sheridan County Community Foundation has awarded several Dane G. Hansen Community Fund grants to area organizations for upcoming projects and events.

In February, the Hoxie Elks Club #2415 received a $10,000.00 grant towards their carpet replacement project as they work to update and improve the facility for its every day and rental uses. The group will be removing the old carpeting and installing carpet squares allowing for easy replacement should damage or stains occur. The Elks Lodge is a popular location for community meetings, dinners, weddings and other events.

Three grants were awarded in March, totaling $13,277.00.

The foundation awarded $3,000.00 to the City of Selden to assist in the installation of underground sprinklers in the Selden City Park.

The Hoxie branch of Development Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) received a $3,227.00 grant to purchase patio equipment and flower décor for their new “Living with Purpose on the Patio” project. The project will provide opportunity and encouragement for those with disabilities to enjoy outdoor lunches, activities and socialization.

A grant in the amount of $7,050.00 was awarded to the Main Street Arts Council, which is returning to live, outdoor theater as they produce the children’s musical, “101 Dalmatians,” in Hoxie, as part of their annual Main Street Summer Theater festival. This year, their festival is featuring six shows in six locations: Atwood, Colby, Goodland, Hoxie, Quinter, and St. Francis.

SCCF reminds organizations to submit applications for funding consideration by the first 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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