Grantmaking Impact

Grantmaking Impact

Through Hutchinson Community Foundation, donors have made millions of dollars of grants—and priceless impact.

$69 Million

Total grants since founding

Over $3.4 Million

Granted in 2016

Fund for Hutchinson Grants


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.

Grant recipient organizations for 2016:


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.

Cosmosphere– $15,000
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.

Make It Greater Grants

Introduced in 2017, Make it Greater grants make a big difference in Reno County Communities through supporting projects that:

  • Bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit through volunteer work or community-building efforts.
  • Connect people to the environment around them in new ways to increase community pride and identity.
  • Build on our communities’ assets and unique qualities.

For 2018, the 16 grants awarded range from $395 to $2,500, totaling $26,155. 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.


Serve-A-Thon Day: Cougars Who Care

Award: $400

Central Christian School sets aside a day for students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to serve others in Reno County and gain an understanding of the value of touching lives. For this year’s seventh-annual Serve-A-Thon Day, students partnered with the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center to complete the center’s family room. The grant will help add bunk beds, a crib, a double bed, dressers, chairs, lamps, curtains and bedding to update the space and make it more inviting.


Power to the Playground

Award: $2,500

This grant continues work on the town’s community center playground by establishing electricity at the existing shelter house, making live music, movies and food preparation possible and expanding the community center’s options to appeal to more residents.


Floyd Redd Community Center Roof Replacement

Award: $2,500

This grant will help preserve the lone gathering spot in Plevna by giving the community building a new roof, continuing to provide a place for all residents of the small Reno County community to meet.


Workshop for Junior Directors

Award: $395

This grant will help fund a one-day workshop for teens on the basics of of leading a stage production. The junior directors will have the chance to assist and/or direct the theater’s Children’s Academy productions.


Safe Sleeping project

Award: $2,500

Hutchinson’s largest day care center serves nine infants at a time. This grant will help the center stay on track with the latest safe-sleeping practices by adding new cribs. The grant will also help replace the day care’s aging diaper-changing table.


“What’s Your Best Move?” Reno County Chess Club Tournament

Award: $800

In 2017, HCC hosted the first-ever rated scholastic chess tournament in Hutchinson. The tournament boosted HCC’s “Chess in the Schools” program. This year, the grant will again help the club host a 100-player tournament for Reno County elementary, middle and high school students that will also help them realize the connection between life skills and chess skills.


Homeward Bound project

Award: $1,250

The police department is often the first point of contact for public needs. Given this unique position, the department, in partnership with Prairie Independent Living Resource Center Inc., will use the grant to help those in need of shelter find housing and other needed services.


A Mission at Home

Award: $2,500

With the goal of bringing area churches together to infuse approximately 1,600 volunteer hours into bettering Hutchinson neighborhoods, the grant will help fund marketing, organizational and instructional efforts.


Project Recess

Award: $1,000

Bearing in mind the link between adequate recess and better academic and behavioral performance, the Lincoln PTO requested a grant to help provide recess equipment for each grade level and to help ease the financial burden on teachers who otherwise must often supply their own equipment.


Heading Home

Award: $1,250

The grant will help connect organizations and resources with those in need of shelter, employment or other services. The funds will allow PILRC, in partnership with the Hutchinson Police Department, to help people obtain needed identification documents and transportation to various agencies.


Raising the Flag project

Award: $2,500

The Raising the Flag Steering Committee aims to boost civic pride, sense of place and collaboration by bringing community members together to design and implement a new municipal flag. The grant will compensate designers and pay for promotional, facilitation and production expenses.


Suicide Prevention Awareness and Training

Award: $500

With the awareness of how many lives are touched by suicide in Reno County, the Reno County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a branch group of Communities that Care, will host two events to increase training and awareness. Grant dollars will help finance event promotion and food.


Mural Project

Award: $2,500

The grant’s goal is to make the health department building more inviting to the roughly 100 to 200 individuals it serves daily with a mural that will highlight the faces and places of public health.


Oral History Digitization

Award: $1,460

The museum conducted nearly 200 oral history interviews in the 1980s and early 2000s, but they are contained on obsolete recording media. In addition, the museum has partnered with the NAACP to record oral histories from the county’s African-American residents, has several oral histories from Hispanic residents that need digitized and will be developing a program about Hutchinson business school pioneer Adela Hale, whose oral history is not accessible or transcribed. This grant would digitize these histories, thus preserving residents’ stories for generations to come.


Adventure, Exploration & Education Room Project

Award: $1,600

The grant will help create a hands-on learning experience inside Pretty Prairie’s Graber Mercantile & Event Emporium on such subjects as the Collingwood Grain family, Kansas’ Largest Night Rodeo, local musicians and Indian artifact excavating.


Learning Project for Students

Award: $2,500

Temporarily idled after the death of its founder, a group banded together to continue the sustainable food operation. The project will join with Buhler USD 313 to provide a place for area students to learn about aquaponics food production while also experiencing entrepreneurship and community philanthropy.

Youth Philanthropy Council Grants

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.

2018 Grants

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson: $440 for a frappuccino bar at the club to serve as a connecting point for older students and to provide business-operation experience.
  • Central Christian School: $225 for Serve-A-Thon: Cougars Who Care, an all-school day of serving. The grant will purchase backpacks filled with supplies for personal needs to be distributed at the Children’s Emergency Shelter.
  • Dillon Nature Center: $200 for STEM programs.
    Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre: $375 for the theater’s “By the Bus” arts in education program.
  • Kansas Food Bank: $400 for Food 4 Kids Reno County-Weekend Backpack Program.
  • McCandless Elementary School: $750 for materials to build an outdoor classroom at the school.
  • Plum Creek Elementary School: $60 for second-graders to provide free lemonade to community members in hopes of fostering a philanthropic spirit and brightening the days of others.
  • Prairie Independent Living Resource Center: $550 for the organization’s Disability Mentoring Day.
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Kari Mailloux, Program Officer