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Osborne County Community Foundation awards over $35,000 to fall grant recipients

OSBORNE, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Osborne County Community Foundation awarded over $35,800 to 13 projects throughout the Osborne County area. The following organizations received funding:

  • Christian Agape Shop, $1,500 to purchase signage for the front of the building as well as storage totes with lids to store holiday items and out-of-season clothing.
  • Osborne Community Foundation, $1,500 to provide lunch, supplies, and prize money to students participating in the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge competition.
  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 109, Natoma, $2,500 for the replacement of the Natoma American Legion Hall’s kitchen cabinetry and countertops.
  • USD 392, $1,000 to host a Big Read event in 2022 at Osborne Elementary where each student K-5 receives a personal copy of a selected book.
  • Natoma Community Center, $1,500 for the replacement of the carpet at the community center due to damage from the flood in May 2021.
  • Downs Arts Council – Kansas Storytelling Festival, $1,300 for the purchase of downtown street banners for the Kansas Storytelling Festival.
  • City of Downs, $2,500 for the beginning purchases of the 2022 Downs Celebration: “Look up Downs!”
  • Natoma Community Library, $5,000 for the replacement of flooring at the Library and Arts Center.
  • Natoma United Methodist Church, $7,000 to make needed repairs to the exterior of the church.
  • USD 272, $2,500 to offset the money Lakeside Senior class missed out on to fundraise for their senior trip to Washington, D.C. due to Covid-19.
  • USD 272, $3,500 to bring a presentation to our students, staff and community addressing positive school culture.
  • Community Market Place, Inc., $5,000 to make updates and repairs to the exterior of the building.
  • USD 272, $1,000 to purchase an uppdated camera for the Lakeside journalism class.

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, that addresses both the present and future needs of Osborne County.

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