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Foundation Awards More than $205,000 in Grants

The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) awarded $205,155 in grants to organizations that benefit the Russell County area, including support for parks, education, and housing. Funding comes from the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Fund for a Better Russell County Area, Russell School Appleseed Fund, Helen Hampl Student Aid Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Public Health Fund and Myers Family Memorial Fund – Myers Furniture.

Funds available through RCACF are available as result of generous donors and regional funders since establishment of the foundation in 2001. Today the foundation holds more than $20 million in endowments used to fund scholarship and community projects. Grant applications typically span projects involving community revitalization, school education, cultural arts, economic development, quality of life, and others.

“This spring, the foundation chose to invest in projects throughout Russell County that promote the arts, park development and student education, particularly career-path education and internship programs. We are also excited to invest in the innovative Holland Hotel Apartments that will provide residential units to alleviate local housing shortages and help revitalize Russell’s Downtown,” said Angie Muller, Director, RCACF.

Grants were awarded to the following:

City of Bunker Hill, $7,060

Park Modernization

K-State Research and Extension Midway District, $2,500

4-H Shooting Sports Program

Lovegrass Music Festival, $1,000

Summer Concert

Lucas Arts & Humanities Council, $5,000

Gallery and Wall Exhibit Display

Lucas Public Library, $470

Learning Together Language Group

** Also supported by Myers Family Memorial Fund, Myers Furniture $407

Ogallala Commons Inc, $6,600

Russell Co Youth Engagement & Career Development

Russell Arts Council, $10,000

Ad Astra Music Festival

Russell Development Inc, $150,000

Holland Hotel Apartments Housing

Smoky Hill Public Television, $1,000

Literacy for Russell County

USD 399, $7,500

Natoma High School Woodshop Equipment

USD 407, $2,600

Simpson Decodable Library

USD 407, $10,000

Career Path to Health Care Program

USD 407, $1,100

Guitar Program

USD 407, $325

Play-based Learning Program

Applications for the next grant season open August 1 and close September 30. For more information, contact Angie Muller, RCACF Executive Director, at 785-445-3611 or [email protected]