Through Hutchinson Community Foundation, donors have made millions of dollars of grants—and priceless impact.
Total grants since founding
Granted in 2016
Established in 1990 by the founding Board of Directors as a permanent resource for the changing needs of Reno County, the Fund for Hutchinson has awarded over $3 million to more than 150 area organizations and agencies in Reno County.
In 2016, Hutchinson Community Foundation awarded Fund for Hutchinson grants totaling more than $207,000 to 29 organizations. These organizations provide a wide variety of services and programs in Reno County. In addition, we celebrated Fund for Hutchinson Community Leadership grants totaling more than $45,000.
Family Community Theatre– $1,200
FCT Rewired: Upgrade the electrical system for lights and sound at the Flag Theatre to improve quality and safety.
Hutchinson Symphony Association– $2,500
Young Peoples’ Concert at the Fox: Help students to experience the excitement of a full orchestra performance and learn about the historical contexts of the works to enhance their listening experience while also learning about concert etiquette.
Hutchinson Theatre Guild DBA Stage 9– $10,000 x 3 years
Producing the Producer: First year of a three-year grant to support capacity building toward a new strategic vision at Stage 9 that will strengthen and sustain the performing arts in Reno County.
TECH, Inc.- $967
End the Echo for Endless Inspiration: Install acoustical panels to absorb sound and help all art-interested clients enjoy the TECH art studio without sensory overload.
City of Arlington– $3,320
Providing Access to the Community Center: Install an entry system to the Community Center to provide better access for the community for rentals, events, and the Wellness Center.
City of Hutchinson– $1,500
Housing Education Pilot Seminars: Inform residents of the City’s feature and historic neighborhoods about home maintenance and home ownership through educational seminars.
Hutch Rec– $18,000
Quality of Life in Reno County: Final year of a three-year grant to support the sustainability of community and neighborhood development efforts to create an attractive place to live, work, and play by developing a more vibrant, active community.
Interfaith Housing Services, Inc.– $7,500
Executive Transition: Support toward the search for a new Executive Director and a successful transition of leadership.
Interfaith Housing Services, Inc.– $15,000 x 3 years
Projects Coordinator: First year of a three-year grant to support a central Projects Coordinator position that coordinates community efforts in addressing Hutchinson’s housing needs, including critical repair and rehabilitation, by connecting organizations, programs, volunteers, and funding.
Circles of Hope Reno County– $6,700
Capacity Building for Circles of Hope: Increase the capacity of Circles of Hope staff and volunteers to provide Bridges Out of Poverty training to businesses, educational entities, and others interested in reducing poverty in our community.
Hutchinson Meals on Wheels– $1,627
One Call Now: Implement One Call Now, an electronic alert system that notifies clients of emergencies or changes in service.
Prairie Independent Living Resource Center (PILR)– $7,500
Social Enterprise PILR: Develop a business plan to increase self-sufficiency by bringing in unrestricted funds to cover operating and advocacy costs.
Reno County Health Department– $5,000
Water Wise 4 Reno: Educating and engaging Rural Reno County residents to ensure a safe water supply for children and young families by offering water testing, treatment, and well repair to clients in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) and Maternal & Child Health (MCH) programs.
RSVP / The Volunteer Center– $7,224
Computer Upgrade for VITA: Update outdated laptop computers used in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to increase speed and efficiency in the preparation of tax returns.
Abundant Life Child Care & Preschool– $15,000
2020 Vision: Update indoor and outdoor facilities to insure a high-quality environment for the approximately 85 children who are cared for in the center on a daily basis as an extension of The Father’s House church.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson, Inc.– $6,480
Hawkin’ It Up After Hours: Provide at-risk 7th grade students at Hutchinson Middle School with on-site after-school homework help, transportation to after-school sport events, and opportunities to attend Boys & Girls Club teen night activities, insuring that students have the support and relationships they need to be successful.
Central Christian School– $4,000
Reading and Succeeding: Improve reading skills, particularly for those with dyslexia, via technology tools so that every child in Reno County has the chance for Reading and Succeeding.
Communities in Schools of Mid-America– $10,000 x 3 years
Never Give Up: Helping Students Succeed & Achieve: First year of a three-year grant to help students at Hutchinson High School succeed in school and achieve in life by removing barriers and connecting students and their families with community resources.
Applied STEM Education: Final year of a three-year grant to increase the Cosmosphere’s capacity to develop, deliver, and pursue external funding for applied STEM educational programming.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland– $2,000
Girl Scout Community Based Programs: Curriculum and financial assistance for underserved girls in grades K-5 at Avenue A Elementary and the Magnet School at Allen to participate Girl Scout Clubs and get the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at no cost.
Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas– $2,000
Empowering Girls from Start to Finish: Financial assistance for under-served 3rd-8th grade girls at South Hutchinson Elementary to participate in Girls on the Run, a 10-week program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using a fun, evidence-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Hutchinson Public Schools– $5,000 x 3 years
Making the IB More Accessible and Successful: First year of a three-year grant to support teacher training and exam scholarships for the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes (Diploma and Career-related) at Hutchinson High School, providing rigorous college-preparatory courses to make students more college and career ready upon graduation. Matched 1:1 by the Davis Foundation.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church– $15,000
Early Learning Center: Start-up operational funds to help Our Redeemer Early Learning Center meet the critical need for quality, affordable daycare in Hutchinson starting in June 2017, creating a future impact on children and their families by ministering to their specific needs and in turn creating healthy children, healthy families, and a healthy community.
Reno County Communities That Care– $5,000
MY PALS (Mentoring Youth Partnerships at Lincoln School): Provide high-quality school-based mentoring programs and highly-qualified mentors for students at Lincoln Elementary to foster a stronger connection between students to their school and community.
To foster the growth, education, and development of young people who are eighteen years of age and younger, with a preference for funding activities that result in an early intervention in an at-risk child’s life.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Reno County– $2,700
Recruit Hutch: Marketing materials to raise awareness of the needs of Reno County youth and recruit adult volunteers to serve as Bigs in our community.
Kansas Children’s Service League– $10,000
Healthy Families Reno County: Meet the needs of Reno County’s Hispanic population through a part-time bi-lingual home visitor position to provide primary child abuse and neglect prevention services. Matched 1:1 by Medicaid.
Reno County Health Department– $9,520
Rural Reno County Kid Care Project: Help potential childcare providers in rural Reno County overcome barriers of becoming a licensed childcare provider and equip young families living in the county with quality, affordable childcare close to home.
Union Valley Elementary School– $3,000
Pre-K Shining Stars: Serving our Smallest Treasures: Equipment to enhance the Pre-K experience for students at Union Valley, a Title 1 building with the highest poverty percentage in the Buhler USD 313 district.
Supporting health and wellbeing through healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments.
Buhler Wellness Center– $8,000
Strengthening the Buhler Community: Purchase fitness equipment to help the Buhler community reap the benefits of wellness at the new Buhler Wellness Center facility opening in early 2017.
Dillon Nature Center– $6,300
Foodie Trail: Educate the community and encourage healthier eating habits by introducing fresh foods produced by local farmers at an interactive event at Dillon Nature Center in August 2017.
Strategic grants supporting Hutchinson Community Foundation’s leadership priorities, timely community needs, or catalytic opportunities to strengthen our communities through collaboration and innovative leadership.
Interfaith Housing Services, Inc.- $2,500
Executive Transition: Support toward the search for a new Executive Director and a successful transition of leadership.
Hutchinson Public Library– $2,700
Pilot Teen Program: Offer a free teen program at the Hutchinson Public Library in summer 2016 to provide opportunities for creativity and community building in a safe, clean environment.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church– $40,000
Early Learning Center: Support the construction of the Our Redeemer Early Learning Center to provide high-quality, affordable childcare in Hutchinson for up to 81 children ages six weeks to six years.
Introduced in 2017, Make it Greater grants make a big difference in Reno County Communities through supporting projects that:
This year’s eleven grant awards range from $750-$2,500, totaling over $17,000. Make It Greater Grants are made possible by the Fund for Hutchinson and our Donor Advised Fund holders who choose to partner with us on these exciting projects through our Giving Together program.
Shadduck Park Playground Enhancement
At a family night in January, Boys & Girls Club staff polled members and their families about what they would do if they could improve any area of the Shadduck Park Playground. The most common ideas were replacing the basketball backboard and hoop, putting fresh sand in the sandbox, and repainting the benches and swing set. This grant will do just that, hoping that the playground will be more inviting to all Club and community members with a small facelift.
Irrigation for the Community Agricultural Site (CAS)
This grant will increase irrigable land at the Community Agricultural Site (CAS) by purchasing 40 irrigation units to provide irrigation to 105,000 square feet of community gardens. The units will be tested and adjusted by school-age students that participate in CAS as interns, and the resulting produce will be distributed free of cost to Women with Infants and Children (WIC) and Reno County Head Start/Early Head Start families.
Buhler Walking Trail
In partnership with the City of Buhler, Buhler USD 313, and Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community, the Buhler Wellness Center is working to connect one side of town to the other with a designated walking path to encourage residents to walk for exercise and to events, stores, and schools. This grant will fund amenities & signage along the trail.
Serve-A-Thon Day: Cougars Who Care
Central Christian School hosts its 6th annual Serve-A-Thon Day: Cougars Who Care, a day set aside for students in grades Pre-K to 12 to serve others in Reno County and gain an understanding of the value of touching lives. Students partnered with New Beginnings’ NOEL Lodge to provide 1,000 Morning Bags to meet the nutritional and physical needs of NOEL residents, helping them make it through the day when the shelter closes at 7am. This grant purchased items for students to make Morning Bags.
Community Work Day
This first Arlington Community Work Day will focus on the Community Center and the adjoining playground and parking area to rehab and refresh equipment, repaint parking areas, deep clean facilities, and trim trees. This grant will purchase supplies needed to complete the projects. Through this Work Day, residents will support local businesses, engage multiple community groups, and together make the Community Center a useable, beautiful, and safe space for years to come.
Public Art Design Council
As an extension of the City’s Drain Doodles program for storm water education, this project involves painting murals on select concrete surfaces within Avenue A Park to connect people to the environment, reflect our diverse community, and include an illustrated message to raise awareness about the importance of keeping the park and water clean. A local artist will be hired to design the murals, and youth and adult volunteer groups will paint them. Another piece of the project is to paint the park’s underpasses through artist-led workshops for graffiti artists to paint “street art” and serve as a legal location for graffiti artists to express themselves in the future.
Northeast Trail Water Fountain
In 2016, Crestview Bible Church installed a cycle repair station and bench on the corner of their property, which is very near the Northeast end of the trail on North Halstead in Hutchinson. To enhance and complete this rest area, the church plans to install a water fountain, as there is currently no access to water along the City’s trail system. With funding partnerships already established with the Vitality Team of Reno County and Friends of the Trail Fund, this grant makes up the difference to purchase and install the water fountain for people and dogs.
Reno County Collaborative Baby Shower
With the goal of reaching at-risk families who may not be aware of the resources in our community, Healthy Families is partnering with the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network and other local agencies to host two Community Baby Showers per year. They will provide short trainings on safe sleep, tobacco cessation, breastfeeding, and other newborn safety practices to ultimately reduce the number of infant deaths in Reno County. This award will allow them to purchase safe sleep incentives for parents to attend.
“What’s Your Best Move?” Reno County Scholastic Chess Tournament
This project will host a 100-player chess tournament for students in Reno County elementary, middle, and high schools to help promote involvement in chess in the schools as a way to foster personal responsibility, analytical thinking, friendship, problem-solving, sportsmanship, and respect for individual differences. This award will fund marketing, prizes, facility rental, chess clocks, and a Tournament Director for the October 2017 event.
Lean on Me: Neighbors Loving Neighbors
For several years now, neighbors south of Avenue A and east of Main in Hutchinson have been coming together for block parties and community improvement projects. To continue this momentum, residents are partnering with the new Community Resource Officers from the Hutchinson Police Department to offer resources for future events. With this grant, they will purchase a grill, propane tank, PA system, and projector to use at neighborhood gatherings and will be available for check-out by any community organizations in Hutchinson.
Sing Along Sundays
Sing Along Sundays will provide Reno County residents with the opportunity to come together on a regular basis to experience community building through a series of Sunday evening sing alongs at Stage 9, with the goal of increasing connection to community, self-expression, and appreciation of the arts. This grant will fund the musicians, promotions, and purchase of songbooks and licensing fees.
Armed with $3,000 each year, high school students from across the county discuss local issues of concern to youth, learn about grantmaking, and award grants to youth-serving organizations. The Dillon family established Youth Philanthropy Council Endowment to provide money for the grants and program administration, in honor of Dick Dillon’s extensive philanthropic work in our community.