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Community foundation awards over $81,000 in spring grants

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The Republic County Community Foundation awarded more than $81,000 to area organizations during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Republic County Action Fund. Each of these funds is focused on improving quality of life throughout the county.

Recipients include:

  • Belleville High Banks, $12,000 for fan experience and driver safety upgrades, including a new scoreboard.
  • City of Narka, $9,000 to build a new shelter house in City Park.
  • Blair Center for the Arts Foundation, $8,527 to upgrade the server and other technology for movies to be shown at Blair Center for the Arts.
  • City of Belleville, $6,000 to help with sprinkler installation at the Lions and Legion Baseball Fields.
  • Scandia Lions Club, $6,000 to replace the shelter house in City Park that was destroyed by a storm several years ago.
  • USD 426 – Pike Valley, $5,718 to purchase a Briggs and Stratton Small Engine Training Kit and Curriculum for the agriculture education department.
  • USD 109, $5,500 to purchase resources for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classroom at East Elementary.
  • City of Republic, $5,000 to help with the purchase and installation of a new generator for the sewer lift station.
  • Republic County, $3,500 for an awning at Floral Hall on the NCK Fairgrounds.
  • USD 109, $3,289 to purchase new pottery wheels for the Republic Co. Jr./Sr. High School Art Department.
  • City of Belleville, $3,000 for new canopies to provide shaded seating at the City Park splash pad.
  • City of Munden, $2,500 for materials needed to repair the Munden City Sewer Road.
  • USD 426 – Pike Valley, $2,500 to bring a dyslexia education teacher training to the area to help students through the challenges of dyslexia.
  • Republic County, $2,130 to assist with costs for the Dane G. Hansen Community Intern who will be assisting with a housing study in Republic County this summer.
  • Republic County Hospital, $1,500 to launch a pregnancy and infant loss support group.
  • Belleville Public Library, $1,319 for the library’s summer program, “A Universe of Stories,” for preschoolers, school-age children, teens and adults.
  • Belleville Main Street, $1,200 to develop a county relocation guide for returning and new residents to Republic County, in partnership with Republic County Economic Development.
  • Church People Concerned Foundation, $899 to replace the freezer used to store frozen meals for the Friendship Meal Program.
  • City of Scandia, $780 for a historical sign that shows the path and history of the Ft. Riley to Ft. Kearney Road through Republic County.
  • OCCK Transportation, $500 to market a new regional bike sharing program for north central Kansas, part of which will be based in Belleville.
  • USD 109, $494 for five sewing machines for students at Republic County Jr./Sr. High School.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens July 15, with online applications due September 15, 2019. For more information, visit