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Community foundation announces spring grant recipients

OSBORNE, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Osborne County Community Foundation awarded over $45,000 to 13 projects throughout the Osborne County area. The following organizations received funding:

  • City of Downs, $4,853 for the Downs Fire Department to acquire battery operated rescue tools to replace older gas operated ones.
  • Downs Community Garden, $1,150 for upcoming outreach projects: using produce from the garden and preparing recipes for the community to learn, providing soil and plants to community storefronts to place in front of their businesses, and to provide a family day in the garden with activities for all ages to attend.
  • USD 272, $1,720 to help cover the cost of Lakeside Jr. High School 7th and 8th grade students to attend Young AmeriTowne of Kansas in Lenora.
  • USD 392, $4,000 to update the seating at the football and track stadium.
  • VFW Post 7743, $1,912 to update medical equipment that is loaned out to the community by the VFW Post #7743.
  • Grace Brethren Church - Shine, $4,000 to assist with the cost of a speaker for a two day event aimed at encouraging both community leaders and local women.
  • Mt. Ayr Holiness Association, $546 for the addition of more lighting for bible school classrooms, outlets for media, and counter space for meal prep.
  • Nation Builders Ministries, $3,000 to assist with the building of a lage walk-in refrigerator/freezer to be used for their in-house ministry based discipleship program for men.
  • City of Osborne, $6,574 for the puchase of a tennis backboard and equipment for beginner youth tennis lessons.
  • Natoma Community Center, $5,000 for the replacement of the bathroom walls and a toilet bowl that were impacted by flooding in 2021.
  • Bringing It Home to OZ, Inc., $5,000 for the replacement of the HVAC system at the Sims Event Center.
  • USD 399, $2,500 to update equipment for the 6th grade classroom’s new workspace in the high school building’s FACS classroom.
  • Downs Senior Center, $5,000 for the replacement of tile flooring throughout the center.

This round of grants was made possible by two funds at the Osborne County Community Foundation: the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county and the Osborne County Community Fund, which addresses both the present and future needs of Osborne.

The foundation’s next grant cycle opens September 1, with online applications due November 1, 2022. For more information, visit