News Release

Community foundation awards over $47,000 in community grants

SALINA, Kan.— The Greater Salina Community Foundation recently awarded over $47,000 to 9 charitable projects and organizations in Saline County. The following organizations received funding:

  • St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, $9,930 to be used to purchase supplies for multiple learning centers and to create a safe and welcoming entrance to St. John’s Kid Kare.
  • Ashby House, $10,000 to be used to repair the Bridge to Sober Living apartment complex outdoor play area by repairing the existing concrete and build and install a new fence, benches, and shade structures above the benches.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina, $5,000 to support volunteer recruitment and match support through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Based Program.
  • Little Samaritans Child Development Center, Inc., $2,589.40 to help purchase 6 child size chairs, a 30” x 72” table and a copy machine.
  • USD 305, $2,700 to help bring storyteller, Laura Packer, to lead workshops to teach students the process and impact of storytelling.
  • Gypsum Summer Youth Program, $7,000 towards bus transportation to support visits to zoos, museums and other education programs and recreational activities.
  • USD 306 Southeast of Saline, $2,478 to purchase an Omtech 50w laser and 120w air purifier.
  • USD 306 Southeast of Saline, $2,000 to acquire The District Eat and Play as the venue for After Prom 2023.
  • People In Need, $6,000 to provide support for rent.

This round of grants was made possible by five 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; the Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education and Development, which furthers the care, education, development, health, safety and human service needs of children ages 0-6 to better prepare them for kindergarten; and the L.P. “Pat” Mullen Fund, which supports hands-on learning opportunities for youth in the areas of arts and humanities and science, technology and invention.

Applications for the foundation’s next community grant cycle are due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2022. Detailed application and fund criteria are available at