$56,000+ in grants available for Republic County projects

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More than $56,000 in grant dollars are available to local projects in this spring’s distribution by the Republic County Community Foundation.

Applications are due April 15 and can be made online at www. republiccountycf.org.

$50,000 of the funds come from the Dane Hansen Foundation, which makes money available for community projects in 26 northwest Kansas counties.

“This money is literally manna from heaven,” said RCCF chairman Tim Gottschalk. “We are so fortunate to be in the Dane Hansen area.”

Gottschalk said the RCCF board decided this go around not to limit the amount of funds that organizations can apply for.

“We want to encourage people who may have larger projects in mind that need more funding,” Gottschalk said. “That doesn’t mean everyone will get what they ask for, but the board will consider requests for larger amounts.”

Grants will be awarded to projects or programs that address:

•Arts

•Community Beautification

•Education

•Environmental Programs or Projects

•Health & Human Service Needs

•Inter-generational Programs or Projects

Preference will be given to applications that include community involvement and volunteerism.

Grants shall generally not be used to reduce or replace regular budgetary needs for programs or projects that are tax-supported. Grants are not awarded for endowment or general operational expenses.

At a recent grant writing workshop in Belleville, Betsy Wearing, director of the Dane Hansen Foundation, said the Foundation especially wants to help fund projects that inspire volunteerism.

“That does not mean that all of the board members of an organization are volunteers,” she said. Wearing said the Hansen Foundation is particularly interested in projects that get people other than board members involved in community service.

To date, the Dane Hansen Foundation has made $100,000 available in grants to each of the 26 counties. The the last year the Dane Hansen Foundation contributed $55,000 directly to Republic County Hospital for new radiology equipment, and made a donation towards completion of the new Munden Community Center.

Dane G. Hansen was born at Logan KS. He first joined his parents in the mercantile business, and then moved into agriculture. Later he found success in oil production.

Since earth moving was done by mule teams, he started an earth-moving business which evolved into road and bridge construction.

In this field, his business spread over a wide area of Northwest Kansas—the 26 counties which benefit from the Foundation. Republic County is on the easternmost edge of that territory.

Health grants

In addition, the RCCF board will also consider applications for approximately $6,000 in available funds for public health programs. Those grants are considered under the following criteria:

Public health is defined as the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals and their communities through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments. This does not mean healthcare or programs to help those that are already ill. The purpose is to support preventative programs that promotes healthy living.

Those grants are made available through local matching grants and the RCCF’s affiliation with the Kansas Health Foundation.