News Release

Community foundation awards over $45,000 in community grants!

SALINA, Kan.— The Greater Salina Community Foundation recently awarded over $45,000 to 11 charitable projects and organizations in Saline County through its competitive fall grant cycle.  This cycle’s grant recipients include the following:

Community Impact Grants:

  • Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, $10,000 towards treating patients at the Kansas Mission of Mercy free dental clinic held in Salina, KS.
  • Salina Shares, $5,933 towards Laundry Love.
  • Gypsum Summer Youth Program, $1,500 towards their summer enrichment and learning activities.
  • Salina Grace, $9,764 towards security cameras and a walk-through metal detector for their community resource center.

Capacity Building Grants:

  • Consumer Credit Counseling, $1,500 towards the purchase of new computers.
  • Homestead Ministries – Salina Chapter, $5,000 toward the care and services for human sex trafficking survivors.
  • Saline County Health Department, $5,000 towards the Incredible Babies program.

Operating Grants:

  • Central Kansas Mental Health Center, $3,204 towards supplies to implement psychosocial groups for children ages 3-5.
  • Salina Safe After Prom, $1,600 to help secure the venue.
  • Ashby House Ltd., $4,500 towards HVAC mini-split units within the agency’s apartment complex.
  • USD 306, $1,600 to help secure the venue for after prom.

This round of grants was made possible by four funds at the community foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which supports projects and programs that improve the community’s quality of life; the Kansas Health Foundation Fund, which supports the public health of Saline County; the Fund for Greater Salina which supports funds used for a variety of charitable causes that positively impact the community; and the YW Legacy Fund which encourages women’s growth, leadership and power, helps children and creates an environment to assist in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of women and their families, and pursue the elimination of racism.

Applications for the foundation’s next community grant cycle are due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Detailed application and fund criteria are available at