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Smoky Valley Community Foundation accepting applications for Fall 2019 grants

Monday, August 19th, 2019

LINDSBORG, Kan.— The Smoky Valley Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Last fall, a community foundation grant helped the City of Marquette build a community art resource. Funds were used to purchase items to create a safe and functional workspace for all to use, including a sink and faucet, tables and art supplies to support a variety of mediums.

“Because of this grant, our facility is being transformed from a simple ‘work space’ to a community art resource,” said grantee Carol Baker. “We would not have had the funds to obtain the needed equipment for a variety of artists for many years.”

Last fall, the art room in Marquette received a grant from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation to upgrade supplies and expand its offerings.

This year, more than $20,000 is available for charitable community improvement projects within the Smoky Valley area, which covers northern McPherson County and southern Saline County. Grants will be awarded from the following funds:

  • Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund – available for projects that address the present and future needs of the community.
  • Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Valley – available for projects that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles.
  • Heritage Fund – available for projects that strengthen and promote the heritage of the Smoky Valley area.

Grants will be awarded through a competitive application process and requests up to $3,000 will be considered. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on October 15, and grants will be awarded mid-November. Funding guidelines and the grant application are available at