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Community Foundation Grants $34,000 to Support Local Charities

Russell County Area Community Foundation LogoThe Russell County Area Community Foundation announced recipients of its fall grants program, awarding 12 organizations nearly $34,000 total to support local charities.

Grants were awarded from the Community Foundation's Fund for a Better Russell County Area, Helen Hampl Student Aid Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Children's Fund and USD 407 Appleseed Fund.

"Funding for these grants primarily comes from the generosity of donors who contribute to the Community Foundation's unrestricted grant fund, which allows the board of directors to respond to emerging needs and problems in the county," said Angela Muller, Executive Director of the Foundation. "This unique fund helps preserve our rural way of life and we are excited to support so many outstanding programs this year."

Organizations receiving grants were: Bunker Hill Historical Society, Heritage I project, $650; Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK), Pioneer Center improvements, $5000; Gorham Community Development Association, Gorham City park improvements, $2000; Natoma Heritage Seekers, renovations, $1500; Post Rock Family Services, Safety First project, $1000; Russell PRIDE, community clean-up, $5000; Russell Community Theater, playhouse improvements, $3000; Russell Community Theater, children's theater camp, $500; Russell FFA, cattle feed project, $500; Russell Regional Hospital, blood pressure station, $5495; Russell Regional Hospital, Physio-Control LifePak, $995; Smoky Hills Public Television, literacy leadership, $475; Summer Kids' Intervention Program, $1333; USD 407, iPads for Kindergarten, $3000; USD 407, iPads for Second and Third Grades, $3169; and USD 407, Life Skills class, $200.

Since its inception, the Community Foundation has returned more than $1 million to charity, making it the fastest growing form of philanthropy in the region. For information about the Community Foundation and how you can contribute to charitable endowments, contact Angela Muller at 785-445-3611 or visit www.rcacf.net.

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