The Osborne County Community Foundation awarded over $37,836 during its fall grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund.

The following organizations received funding:

  • USD 392, $11,500 to purchase equipment for security enhancements and install a SafeDefend system.
  • USD 392, $6,000 to launch the Science Literacy All-Stars initiative, designed to turn the school library into a resource center for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) literacy and activities.
  • Osborne Free Methodist Church, $4,000 to help with facility upgrades.
  • Osborne County Genealogical and Historical Soceity, $3,000 to repair foundation walls and keep water out of the Carnegie Research Library, which houses the county’s important historical documents.
  • City of Natoma, $3,000 to build a storage area and overhang at the Natoma Community Baseball concession stand.
  • Osborne County Little Dawgs Junior Football League, $2,500 to provide scholarships for youth who wish to participate in football but lack the financial means to meet the registration fee.
  • City of Natoma, $1,954 for a fall community clean-up.
  • USD 272, $1,867 to purchase kitchen tools and sewing items for the FACS classroom, which has been reinstated after several years without the program. 
  • Downs Arts Council, $1,400 to enhance the Kansas Storytelling Festival’s Story Shed component, which is a recording booth for collecting personal stories at the festival.
  • Osborne Public Library, $1,200 for the 2019 “Movies Under the Stars” program, which shows movies on the park lawn outside of the library.
  • City of Downs, $865 to create a 3-D map of the town to help market local businesses and landmarks.
  • Osborne County 4-H Council, $550 to help fund a six-week session of the “Wednesday After Class” program at the Osborne Public Library.

The foundation’s next grant cycle will open in February, with applications due April 1, 2018. For more information, visit