Every year the Golden Belt Community Foundation accepts requests for funding through grant applications from local charitable organizations. This is just one way that the foundation Board of Directors and staff learn about needs and projects in the four-county area. As the July grant cycle concluded, the Board of Directors also took a closer look at their own county and communities.
“With a focus on youth, this allowed our board to be more involved in the grants process” Christy Tustin, Executive Director, “there are always great projects that need funding that we may never learn about through competitive applications.” The 15 members of the board were encouraged to place nominations for projects in their counties to receive possible grant funding from the Kansas Health Foundation Youth Endowment. Board member nominations focused on the health and well-being of youth in their communities.
Nine grants totaling $30,000 were awarded within the Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford County communities:
$3,750 – City of Burdett – Playground improvements
$3,750 – City of Larned – Larned PRIDE’s Save the Train Phase II
$3,750 – City of Bison – Ficken Baseball Field updates
$3,750 – City of La Crosse – Slides for city pool
$3,750 – Central Kansas Dream Center – Parenting with Confidence
$3,750 – Foundation for Leadership & Learning Essdack – Professional development in schools
$2,500 – USD 351 Macksville – After school programs
$2,500 – USD 350 St. John – LIFE After School programs
$2,500 – USD 349 Stafford – SEED program
At $18.5 million in total assets and more than 155 funds under management, Golden Belt Community Foundation has been connecting people who care to causes that matter since 1996. For more information about Golden Belt Community Foundation, call (620) 792-3000 or visit their website at www.goldenbeltcf.org.