The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its third competitive grant cycle for 2012 and awarded $10,122.54 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
Twenty applications were received with agencies requesting over $40,000 in funding. Programs or projects must demonstrate need and show how the program will benefit the communities of the Golden Belt. Programs that established new or fostered existing collaborations among various groups or organizations also were considered favorably.
Since 2002, over $1.78 million has been reinvested into charitable projects and agencies of the Golden Belt through grants. The recipients are:
Grants made possible through the Kansas Health Foundation Youth Fund:
• $100 Saint Francis Community Services Inc. to rent Camp Aldrich for the SFCS foster child family Christmas Party.
• $350 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barton & Pawnee Counties to purchase educational materials for program orientation.
• $199 USD 349 - Stafford Schools to purchase IXL, an online computer math program.
• $179.85 Great Bend Children’s Learning Center to update current pre-k curriculum to Animated Literacy.
• $498 Central Kansas Christian Academy to purchase two water coolers.
• $1,133.69 USD 495 - Tri County Early Childhood Special Education to purchase gross motor items to enhance the development of the pre-k classroom.
• $1,300 USD 349 - Stafford STARS After School Program to purchase You Matter curriculum for the STARS After School program.
Grants made possible through the Stafford County Endowment Fund:
• $265 Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society to process glass plate negatives.
Grants made possible through the Amos E. Bayer Memorial Endowment Fund:
• $1,598 Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen to purchase two upright freezers.
Grants made possible through the John A. & Doris F. Graham Memorial Endowment Fund:
• $500 Daniel R. Trickey Memorial Life Giving Center to purchase personal hygiene items for the women and children.
Grants made possible through the Albert Gumbir Charitable Fund:
• $999 Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen to purchase to purchase 2 cooking pots, 2 cookers and 2 floor mats.
• $3,000 Barton County Emergency Aid Association to help families and individuals who are experiencing emergency financial situations.
At nearly $9 million in total assets and 130 funds under management, the foundation has been going since 1996. For more information about the foundation, call 620-792-3000 or visit its website at www.goldenbeltcf.org.