Hansen Foundation Makes Clean-Up Grants Available

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is offering a new grant opportunity for 26 counties in Northwest Kansas. The Foundation is offering up to $20,000 per county in the Hansen service area for county clean-up initiatives.

The grants are designed to assist with efforts to beautify communities for current residents and to help with recruitment of new residents; to eliminate the financial barrier to clean-up projects such as land fill fees and equipment rental; and to promote community pride and encourage volunteerism.

The Hansen Foundation is partnering with the Greater Salina Community Foundation (GSCF) and the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation (GNWKCF) to administer the grants.  Applications will be made directly to GSCF or GNWKCF on their websites.  A local advisory committee in each county will determine grant recipients.

The Hansen Foundation encourages a one-day event for all communities within a county. Local community foundations or grant advisory boards may elect to offer individual grants to communities instead, however the opportunity to host a community clean-up event with support from the Hansen grant must be offered to every community within a county.

Grants can be used for: equipment rental, dumpster rental, landfill fees, paint or other consumable supplies, and for support of volunteers. Grants are not intended for the removal of unsafe structures or landscaping projects.

Grants will be paid to the county or a sponsoring qualified organization in the form of reimbursement following the event.

Applications are available for Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Logan, Norton, Rawlins Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace Counties through the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation at www.gnwkcf.org, 785-734-2556.

Applications are available for Cloud, Ellis, Ellsworth, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Smith and Trego Counties through the Greater Salina Community Foundation at www.gscf.org, 785-823-1800.