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Smoky Valley Community Foundation announces fall grant recipients

LINDSBORG, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Valley Community Foundation awarded over $17,000 to eight projects throughout the Smoky Valley area. The following organizations received funding:

  • McPherson County Community Foundation, $3,000 to help support STEPMC’s weekly childcare youth development program.
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, $3,000 for the installment of a new sound system in the fellowship hall.
  • Midsummer’s Festival, $3,000 to help support the festival with social media advertising, the TYKES in the Kids’ World area, and bringing back the re-enactment of VIKES; The Glomesdal Vikings of Oklahoma.
  • Bethany College, $1,500 for the campus therapist to fufill the requirements to become a Clinically Licensed Professional Counselor.
  • City of Lindsborg, $500 to support Lindsborg Recreation Department’s Winter Walk Across Kansas initiative.
  • Bethany College, $3,000 to support and establish a fully professional chamber orchestra compromised of members who play with surrounding symphonies.
  • Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, $1,068.47 for the purchase of a new computer for the church office manager to utilize.
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, $2,600 to assist with transportation costs to the ELCA youth gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This round of grants was made possible by three funds at the community foundation: the Smoky Valley Enhancement Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county, the Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund, which supports community grantmaking, and the Heritage Fund, which supports the work of the local community in enhancing, strengthening, and promoting the heritage of the Smoky Valley area.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens March 1, with online applications due May 1, 2022. For more information, visit