Jewell County Community Foundation awards over $45,000 in grants

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

  • Esbon Rural Fire District #3, $5,987.19 to purchase items for fire protection and maintenance and to help maintain the current equipment.
  • Burr Oak Volunteer Fire Department, $11,000 to update fire equipment for the protection of our volunteer fire department.
  • Mankato Cares, Inc., $61 to provided needed storage totes for the proper storage and sorting of gifts for Santa’s Workshop.
  • City of Jewell, $6,000 to update the flooring throughout the Jewell Community Center.
  • Jewell County Health Department, $2,500 to purchase a lead analyzer that will be used to monitor the blood lead in individuals under the age of 18.
  • Formoso Community Improvement Committee, $4,900 to provide a safe and enjoyable playground at the Formoso City Park for children.
  • City of Burr Oak, $1,000 to advertise the Sunflower Daze 2022 through radio ads, newspaper ads and creating flyers.
  • USD 107, $2,500 to revitalize the common areas of Rock Hills Jr/Sr High School by adding two murals.
  • City of Mankato, $5000 to purchase materials to break ground on the Mankato splash pad.
  • USD 107, $2,500 to install new audio equipment at the Rock Hills Jr/Sr High School stadium and field.
  • Formoso Community Improvement Committee, $500 to assist with the Formoso City clean-up.
  • City of Formoso, $2,756 to replace fluorescent lighting in the City Hall office and thrift store with LED lighting.

This round of grants was made possible by two funds at the community foundation; the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which focuses on improving quality of life throughout the county and the Jewell County Community Fund, which focuses on the present and future needs of Jewell County.

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