Grantmaking Impact

Grantmaking Impact

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

$73 Million

Total grants since founding

Over $3.5 Million

Granted in 2020

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 170 area organizations and agencies serving Reno County.

In 2020, Hutchinson Community Foundation has awarded Fund for Hutchinson grants totaling $193,276 to area nonprofits. These organizations provide a wide variety of services and programs in Reno County.

Grant recipient organizations for 2020:


Hutchinson Art Center

Award: $5,560

The Hutchinson Art Center is collaborating with other diversity-driven organizations to bring a juried exhibition featuring artists of color to the community. The HAC wants to provide a space for unrepresented artists to showcase their work and provide the opportunity to be a part of the HAC permanent collection. Funds will assist with advertising costs, musicians for the event and juried awards.

Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre

Award: $15,000

Funds will allow for purchase of a monitor mixer and stage monitors, equipment which is essential for all productions but is currently rented for each performance. Owning the equipment will increase efficiency, decrease staff time needed for setup and teardown for performances and ultimately decrease operational costs for the theater.

Hutchinson Symphony

Award: $4,850

Funds will support production and marketing costs for “Playworks at the Clayworks,” an in-person and livestreamed event featuring four new Hutchinson Symphony ensembles playing a variety of pieces in order to provide Hutchinson and Reno County a unique, quality musical experience.

Reno County Historical Society

Award: $15,200

Funding will allow the Reno County Museum, with the assistance of Wichita State University, to digitize the archival collection of Pat Mitchell. The images will be made available online at WSU’s Special Collections page at no additional cost to patrons. This is a two-year grant of $15,200 per year.

Stage 9

Award: $10,000

Fund the replacement of the building’s failing air-conditioning unit to help ensure the comfort of theater patrons during summer months, thus helping the organization continue to meet its mission uninhibited by climate concerns.

Stage 9

Award: $10,000

Funding will allow Stage 9 to collaborate with Hutchinson Art Center, Blue Barn Productions and Jillian’s on “Hutchinson: The Pandemic!” an original script transformed into a live virtual performance accessible to ticket holders through YouTube. Set menu options will be available from Jillian’s as add-on items to ticket purchases to create a virtual dinner theater experience for the community.


Buhler Public Library

Award: $1,500

First year of a two-year grant that will cover the annual fee for Apollo Biblionix, a host platform that allows the library to be fully automated, increasing its capacity to serve patrons effectively and make their collection more easily available during the pandemic and beyond. This bridge funding will allow the library staff and board time to secure funding for future years.

Crime Stoppers of Reno County Inc.

Award: $2,500

Funds will go toward advertising and operations associated with continued efforts to engage the community in providing helpful crime tips, resulting in a safer community.



Award: $9,016

This grant will fund six weeks of salary and benefits for the incoming executive director, allowing an overlap training period with retiring the executive director, with the goal of a smooth, effective transition for staff, board and clients.

Circles of Hope Reno County

Award: $13,994.50

Second year of a three-year grant to support a part-time director for the organization, who will provide needed focus, structure and supervision of staff and volunteers in order to grow the impact of this initiative.

Healthy Families-Reno County

Award: $2,500

Funds go toward the purchase of an updated copier/printer/scanner, which will increase the program’s efficiency and its capacity to serve Reno County families.

Interfaith Housing and Community Services Inc.

Award: $13,576

Funds will contribute to the purchase and installation of a new sign, reflecting the agency’s recent name change and making the building easier to find for clients, community partners and donors, and will also cover replacement of a section of windows on the building.

New Beginnings, Inc.

Award: $2,300 x 2 years

Supports the purchase of the Blackbaud Tapestry fundraising platform to aid in the development of a formal fundraising program for the organization, which is needed to help keep pace with the agency’s growth.

New Beginnings, Inc.

Award: 8,000

Funding will help support a program providing a more comprehensive support system to low-income individuals and families residing in New Beginnings Inc.’s, affordable housing, with the goal of providing more streamlined access to other resources within New Beginnings Inc., and throughout the community.

Resilience Reno County

Award: $5,840

Second year of a three-year grant to support work aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by equipping the community with resources on healing from adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s). Funding helps cover the costs of an AmeriCorps VISTA for three years.

Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community

Award: $2,000

Grant will fund the purchase of iPads, allowing access to TeleMed, which has become a necessity if patients, staff and other community members are to remain safe during COVID-19. Telemedicine removes the need for residents to leave the retirement community and risk exposure to illness, and it also eliminates wait time, transportation costs, staff time lost because of travel with clients, and the potential necessity for quarantine time because of exposures.


Award: $9,690

Grant will be used to replace outdated and ineffective equipment in the client computer lab, which is accessed by clients for educational opportunities and development of life skills, research and communicating with family members.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson, Inc.

Award: $20,000

First year of a two-year grant toward the club’s workforce development project, which includes hiring a full-time Workforce Readiness Coordinator to bring high-yield workforce exploration and education opportunities to USD 308 students through elementary classroom projects, middle school hands-on learning and tours, and maintained relationships with high-schoolers as they search for internship and first job experiences.

Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas

Award: $2,000

Final year of a three-year grant for the group’s Program Expansion Initiative that ensures girls who would not typically have access to quality youth programming have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run (third through fifth grade) or Heart & Sole (sixth through eighth grade).

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Reno County

Award $6,250

Funding will support administrative and marketing costs for the Bigs in Blue project, which focuses on recruiting, training and matching Hutchinson and South Hutchinson police and Reno County Sheriff’s officers as mentors, building not only trust among youth, their families and the mentoring officers but also strengthening relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Kansas Food Bank Warehouse Inc.

Award: $5,000

Grant will support the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which distributes backpacks free-of-charge on Fridays during the school year, providing students with food for the weekend and allowing students to return to school on Monday feeling less anxious, healthier and more prepared to learn. Nine elementary schools in Hutchinson and seven additional schools throughout Reno County participate in this program.

Plainview Mennonite Church-JAM Program

Award: $8,500

Funds will be used to help with projects that will improve the efficiency and operations of the former Partridge Grade School building, which the church recently purchased to expand capacity to serve youth and their families in southwest Reno County.

Salthawk Community Support

Award: $10,000 x 2 years

Salthawk Community support is a ministry program of Trinity United Methodist Church and receives volunteer and financial support from other local churches and community members. The goal of SCS is to work together to remove barriers to education for students at Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Middle School-8 by providing programming such as mentoring, character development activities, and financial education alongside offering basic needs supplies.

USD 310-Fairfield

Award: $10,000

Funds will help continue and enrich the district’s after-school program, emphasizing social, emotional, mental and physical health of students as well as providing a safe location for students who have no one at home immediately following school.

Changemakers at Work Grants

(formerly Make it Greater Grants)

Formerly known as Make It Greater Grants, Changemakers at Work 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 2020, the 12 grants awarded range from $500 to $2,500, totaling $22,908. Changemakers at Work 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.

Grant recipient organizations for 2020:


Award: $1,958

ADA Sports Equipment for Camp Kanza: Purchase of a GaGa ball (dodge ball type game) pit with a door entry so participants will not need to climb over the pit wall to be involved in this recreational and team-building activity.


Award: $1,500

Serving Teens After Hours: Allow the Club to experiment with being open to serve teens on weekend evenings over a three-week period, trying out different activities and seeing which evenings and activities garner interest before committing staff and resources to permanent weekend hours.


Award: $2,500

Library Automation: Help purchase equipment, Biblionix Apollo (BARC) system and initial subscription allowing the library to create an electronic card catalogue—accessible within the library itself and to patrons outside the library searching online.


Award: $1,600

Equipment for Corrective Form & Low Impact: Purchase exercise equipment needed for low-impact class open to general public and to Wellness Center members. Coffeemakers and supplies will be purchased as well to help promote social interaction of participants.


Award: $2,500

Farmington Park Improvements Phase 1.5: Help the Farmington Park Neighborhood Committee and residents with purchasing and planting new trees in Farmington Park as the improvements to the park are made by the city and many existing trees are necessarily removed.


Award: $2,500

Chester I. Lewis Plaza Art: Contract a with local artist to design and paint a mural for one of the panels in the new downtown Chester I. Lewis Plaza, helping to share the story of his leadership during the civil rights movement. The grant will also cover supplies needed for the project.


Award: $1,500

KSCA K-12 Scholastic Chess Tournament & Adult Tournament: Ensure facility rental, purchase of medals and trophies, and costs associated with radio and print marketing efforts for Hutchinson Chess Society’s chess tournament (K-12 and adult), which is sanctioned by the KSCA.


Award: $500

A Fox Theatre Holiday Open House: Purchase decorations for a community-wide holiday event held at the Fox during its 90th-anniversary year.


Award: $2,300

Planting and Growing Collaborations: Purchase trees and bushes for landscaping at new senior housing units in the Lincoln neighborhood. Students from Lincoln Elementary as well as seniors from Elmdale Senior Center will be encouraged to be part of the volunteer team doing the planting to develop relationships in the neighborhood.


Award: $1,550

Employ Hutch: Host Chamber of Commerce breakfast and print business cards and handouts for use at the event where Prairie Independent Living Resource Center staff will share their story of helping match people with disabilities to employers with the business community in attendance at the breakfast.


Award: $2,500

Paint the Town Beautiful: Building on the enthusiasm of last year’s community mural project, the committee will use funds to pay for painting supplies and scaffolding to use on a community mural project in a paint-by-numbers style. Community members will be encouraged to help paint the mural on designated weekends and on a summer Third Thursday event in downtown Hutchinson.


Award: $2,000

SW Bricktown Home Repairs Phase 1 and National Night Out: Cover costs of printing and mailing information about community programs and resources available to neighborhood residents who want to make home improvements and help cover costs associated with the SW Bricktown neighborhood celebration on National Night Out.

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.

Grant recipient organizations for 2020:


Torch Club Statehouse Tour

Award: $550

Send sixth-graders at the Avenue A Torch Club to tour the state Capitol and attend the 2020 Kansas Youth of the Year competition.


Girls on the Run-Nickerson

Award: $680

Help fund the research-based after-school program that integrates running into a focus on girls’ emotional and physical health.


Working with My Disability:

Award: $600

Help fund a presentation from speaker David Powell to students with disabilities, parents, educators and the community.


Tree House Platform Gathering Area

Award: $750

Part of an outdoor classroom project intended to create a space for story time or small group work or as a stage or art space, among other flexible uses.


Community Youth Conversations-Your Voice Counts

Award: $420

A youth-led community forum program for students in grades seven through 12.


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Let’s talk about your ideas for making Reno County even greater.

Kari Mailloux, Program Officer