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Ottawa County Community Foundation now accepting fall grant applications

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan.—The Ottawa County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications open August 1 and are due Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Last fall, the Minneapolis Recreation Commission was awarded a community foundation grant for improvements to Rupert Field, which included lighting upgrades, a new scoreboard, and backstop extensions. The project was spearheaded by a working group formed during the county’s Strategic Doing meeting in 2017.

“The lighting and scoreboard will be vast improvements for the facility,” said grant applicant Jamie Rice. “The grant was instrumental in the completion of this project. These improvements have also raised awareness of the needs of the community, and other projects may begin as a result.”

The new scoreboard at Rupert Field is one of several improvements funded by a grant from the community foundation last fall.

This year, over $50,000 in grants is available to charitable projects in Ottawa County through the following funds:

  • Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – available for programs and projects that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification.
  • Ottawa County Community Impact Fund – available for projects that improve the quality of life for Ottawa County residents.
  • Ottawa County Public Health Fund/Kansas Health Foundation Fund – available for projects that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Grants are limited to communities in Ottawa County and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Fall applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on October 1. Complete funding criteria and the grant application are available at