Established through generous donation from Dane G. Hansen, the Foundation awards grants and scholarships every year to qualified recipients in Northwest Kansas who demonstrate a strong desire for community improvement.
2018-Our library was chosen to receive a grant for $5,000 for nonfiction materials. Nonfiction materials will be purchased to include computer science, science, philosophy, psychology, technology, religion, arts, recreation, social sciences, literature, language, history, and geography. Nonfiction can reflect on the past or provide a fresh perspective on a concept. We learn by taking pieces of information and categorizing them them. In order to create a foundation for later learning, educators now agree that students should begin informational texts, nonfiction, in all subjects from the earliest grades. Nonfiction helps to educate our youth and turn them into knowledgeable adults. We are never to old to learn. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can have to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela
2017-Our library was chosen to receive a grant for $10,000 for beautification. There is an ongoing need for young people to have a safe place to congregate and for activities that are safe.This grant will provide having our community inviting and seen as a thriving place in order to encourage families to come and spend time, even after the library hours as the wifi is available 24 hours. The library is a hub for the travelers and for new people moving to our community, therefore, it needs to give the best first impression possible. By being beautiful and inviting outside, will draw people of all ages to utilize the library!
2016-Our Library was chosen to receive a grant for $7690.00 for a Community Conference Center and Activity Room. The two main needs identified: having a place for children and teens to meet for positive after-school or summer activities, and a place to host public meetings during the day or evenings which would be equipped with conference room technology.This grant provided activities set up to improve quality of life and maintain natural environment for Northwest Kansas residents.