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Foundation awards five grants in February

Updated: Feb 28

The Sheridan County Community Foundation awarded five grants totaling $11,425.39 during its February cycle to four area organizations in support of their projects and activities.

Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) was awarded $1,931.99 to assist in the purchase of a new power lift to assist in the safe movement transfer of persons served at the Hoxie center. The lift equipment will ensure the continued safety of the individuals in service and staff at the center.

A grant in the amount of $3,493.40 was awarded to the Hoxie Housing Authority to assist in the relocation and upgrades needed for the smoke alarm system at Ridgewood Manor. The upgrades were needed to maintain compliance with Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Main Street Arts Council was awarded $5,000.00 to assist with the upcoming Hoxie production of “Roald Dahls’ Willy Wonka Jr” as part of the council’s annual Main Street Summer Theater Festival. Information regarding the festival, including dates and auditions details can be found online at

These funds were awarded from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Fund administered by the SCCF board of directors.

Two additional $500.00 “surprise” grants were awarded to Hoxie’s DSWNK center to assist with the lift equipment as well as the Sheridan County EMS for use with a project or equipment purchase need yet to be determined. These funds were made possible from the annual earnings of the Foundation’s large endowed “Cultivate Sheridan County Fund” which was established through the annual Match Month campaigns held each year in November.

These grants were awarded during the Foundation’s recent Community Appreciation Event held in January in Hoxie. At the event, two gold stars were hidden below the attendee chairs. Once found, the attendees were able to select from a list of local eligible non-profits to which to grant the funds. Darryl Clark with DSWNK was the lucky recipient of one star and elected to award the grant to his organization. Jaime Bull was the second lucky attendee who found a star. She elected to award the grant to the Sheridan County EMS in memory and honor of her late father, Jerry.

SCCF encourages area organizations to submit applications for their projects and activities online at for funding consideration. Application 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

Contact SCCF Executive Director Karl Pratt at 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,, or visit Connect with SCCF at

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