More than $36K awarded from Fund for Hutchinson

More than $36K awarded from Fund for Hutchinson

Hutchinson Community Foundation recently awarded $36,630 to four nonprofit organizations in the latest round of its 2021 Fund for Hutchinson grant cycle.

Established in 1990, the Fund for Hutchinson serves as a permanent resource for the changing needs of Reno County. Grants represent an innovative approach or collaboration, a new efficiency, a critical need that requires funding or an opportunity that needs a bit of local support to leverage resources for the community.

Proposals for the grants are accepted year-round, with awards decided in March, May, July, September and November.

The following organizations received grants in July.

Children’s Emergency Shelter Home, $6,500: Funds will be used to replace the Children’s Emergency Shelter Home’s sewer line from the building’s wall to the sewer main in the alley. The repair will ensure that children in our community in need of services will continue to find support at the shelter home.

Early Education Center Inc., $16,130: Early Education Center Inc. recently became its own nonprofit entity. Grant funds will support brand development reflecting this change, ensuring the center’s continued recognition as a quality, specialized service-provider to community children and their families and strengthening the organization’s ability to effectively fundraise.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Reno County, $5,000: Breaking barriers to Improve the lives of a Generation (BIG!) engages young people through community-based mentoring to help them develop life skills, set goals, explore career possibilities, and strengthen relationships with their Bigs, family and community. Funding will support operations costs of initiating and supporting these matches and provide financial support for planned activities that Bigs and Littles may attend together as they build their relationships.

Stage 9, $9,000: Funds will help support the development of a live, multifaceted, historical walking tour centered on downtown Hutchinson titled “If Walls Could Talk.” Stage 9 aims to build on the success of “Talking Tombstones” by collaborating with downtown businesses to tell the stories of Hutchinson’s interesting and historic buildings, connecting residents with their community’s history while also helping sustain the financial operations of Stage 9 and the partnering downtown businesses.