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RCACF Awards $34,000 in Disaster Relief Grants

The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce more than $34,000 in grants from the Russell County Disaster Relief Fund to support impacted areas affected by the windstorm and wildfires our region experienced in December.

  • USD 399 received a $22,923 grant to repair water lines and heating for the Paradise gym. The facility will serve as a large meeting place to accommodate workers, supplies, clean up, food service and a centralized communication center. Recovery coordinators are planning for Future Farmers of America (FFA) groups to come to the community to help repair fence lines caused by the fire, with as many as 100 anticipated during spring break in March. The facility is the only location large enough to house and accommodate large groups of volunteers.
  •  Russell County Fire District 3 received a $5,000 grant to purchase equipment lost in the wildfire.
  • A $5,000 grant was awarded to K-State Research and Extension, Midway Extension District, to pilot a voucher relief program for individuals and families affected by the fire to locally purchase groceries and relief supplies, such as fencing. The program is under development and more information will be available soon on how to apply.
  • A $1,500 grant was awarded to Paradise United Methodist Church to replenish their pantry and provide meals for volunteers assisting with recovery.

The Russell County Area Community Foundation is very grateful for the many generous donations to the Russell County Disaster Relief Fund. Your gifts make these grants possible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to the fund, please mail a check to RCACF, Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 172, Russell, KS 67665.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, and other agencies that are providing direct relief help to people, property, or livestock impacted in Russell County may be eligible for grant money. Charitable organizations may apply for a grant by contacting Angela Muller, Executive Director, at 785-445-3611 or [email protected].