News Release

Republic County Community foundation awards over $103,000 in fall grants

BELLEVILLE, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Republic County Community Foundation awarded over $103,000 to 18 projects throughout Republic County. The following organizations received funding:

  • Republic Rural Fire Dep. #9, $3,079.60 to renovate the antique fire hall.
  • City of Munden, $1,383 to purchase a 70-inch flat screen TV and wall hanging brackets for the Munden Community Center.
  • Smoky Hills Public Television, $500 to provide books to children enrolled in Head Start in Republic County and defray the costs of educational television programs for children in the area.
  • USD 109, $1,000 fund the RCHS Art Walk advertising, judges, awards, and supplies for the event.
  • Blair Center for the Arts Foundation, $3,500 to cover the costs of the Wichita Children’s Theatre contract, employee, marketing, and cleaning programming costs.
  • NCK Free Fair, $20,000 to pay the contractor for materials and labor for the NCK Fairgrounds 2023 Improvements project.
  • Republic County, $8,221.19 for the purchase of the Welch Ally Spot Vision Screener and the Summit SPRF26M Portable Refrigerator/Freezer for the Republic County Health Department.
  • USD 109, $800 to pay Rock Springs Ranch for their dining hall facilities and food during the Junior Class Etiquette Dinner.
  • City of Cuba, $8,000 to purchase materials and install new metal roof and guttering systems and remove and dispose of old shingled roof at the Country School Museum.
  • Belleville Main Street, $2,846 for the fabrication and installation of the new billboard on Highway 36.
  • Pivotal Health & Wellness, $8,639.03 for the purchase of heart health monitors and equipment as well as a laminator and projector for education seminars.
  • USD 109, $8,000 for the purchase and incorporation of the STEM program to the middle and high school.
  • Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc., $1,000 to purchase equipment, supplies, games and art supplies for the Western Region Respite House for children through teenagers.
  • USD 426, $13,869.72 to purchase final tools and starting materials for the Affordable Housing through Education Program.
  • City of Belleville, $15,000 for the purchase of part of the lots and application process of the Kansas Housing Resource Moderate Income Housing program.
  • USD 109, $1,100 to purchase new uniforms and warmup jackets for the RCHS cheer squad.
  • USD 109, $2,500 for 8 new lamp fixtures and bulbs and to replace the outdated lighting bar around the cafeteria stage.
  • City of Courtland, $4,125 for the purchase of trash cans.

This round of grants was made possible by five funds at the foundation: the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Republic County Action fund, which both support projects and programs that improve the community’s quality of life and the Republic County Health Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Republic County and North Central Health Care Foundation, which all support the public health of Republic County.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens February 15, with online applications due April 15, 2023. For more information, visit