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Community Foundation Announces Grants

KSAL Staff - October 30, 2013 10:42 am

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The Greater Salina Community Foundation awards nearly $142,000 in grants from the Fund For Greater Salina..

According to the organization,the Foundation received 33 applications with requests totaling just under $142,000. Grant requests are capped at $5,000.

2013 Fall Fund for Greater Salina Grants:

$5,000 The Ottawa and Salina County CASA Program- To recruit and train additional volunteers to advocate for the interests of foster children who are in the Juvenile Court system due to abuse or neglect

$4,500 Ashby House- To update and relocate computers and the server

$3,735 Kansas State University Old Smoky Hill River Channel Restoration- Restoration of a section of the Old Smoky Hill River Channel located at the intersection of YMCA Drive and South Kenwood Park Drive to serve as an ongoing demonstration area highlighting restoration possibilities for the river

$3,000 Saint Francis Community and Residential Services, Inc.- Support of a new professional mentoring program for youth who are exiting a residential facility, many of whom are in the foster care system

$3,500 Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank- To replace and update office computers

$2,000 Salina Arts & Humanities Foundation- Support for teaching artist, musician and innovator, Mike Silverman to work with USD 305 middle and high school band and orchestra students

$2,300 Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Inc.- To replace the server and a laptop computer

$3,000 Salina Community Theatre- To establish a drama therapy program for foster children in Saline County *This grant was funded in part with Salina Regional Health Foundation CHIP funds

$1,000 Martin Luther King Jr. Center- Scholarships for low-income children whose families do not qualify for government assistance

$3,900 Circles of the Heartland – Support for a youth coordinator to assist with childcare needs of families in the program

$2,500 Girls Scouts of Kansas Heartland- To support outreach programming for girls who live in areas not currently served by a scout troupe

$4,225 Central Kansas Foundation- To purchase a surveillance system to improve security and safety for clients

$3,000 Catholic Charities- To purchase software for caseworkers assisting with immigration services

$1,500 Kansas State University- To purchase bikes for check-out and rental by KSU students, particularly international students who cannot drive

$43,160 Total Grants Awarded

Gifts of any size are welcome additions to this community grant fund. Significant donors to that endowment include:

Don & Opal Dieckhoff
The Turning Point
Bob & Marcia Anderson
Clark, Mize & Linville, Chtd.
Tex & Betty Fury Fund
The Home Telephone Company, Inc.
Joe & Mildred Pankaskie
Joy D. Peterson Memorial Fund
Charles E. Stevens Fund
Michael & Alice Sullivan
Chester & Laurabelle Smith

Established in 1999, the Salina Community Foundation is now in its 15th year, with assets totaling more than $120 million. In that time, the Foundation has awarded more than $35 million in grants, of that, nearly $800,000 has been from the Fund for Greater Salina. Funding for this grant program comes from donations, memorials, and other gifts to the Fund for Greater Salina Endowment.

Redden Neck

October 31, 2013 at 8:56 am

You got to be kiddin me about some of these organizations. First one that does not deserve to be on here is KSU Smokey River people, next Salina Arts, consumer credit, catholic charities, and another kansas state university. Citizens the next time they want you to donate just say know until they quit tossing the money away on these organizations.

Fuchs Mi

November 1, 2013 at 12:53 am

Why give any money to this when it is not given to organizations that really need it. Like the river deal needs it going in with KSU or has their hands out for a couple things on this list. The college has money if they wish to spend it on these things. Central Kansas Foundation also has the funds to purchase a security system why hit this up for a grant? Just plain wasteful spending of monies that could be used to help people and organizations that really need it.

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