Through Hutchinson Community Foundation, donors have made millions of dollars of grants—and priceless impact.
Total grants since founding
Granted in 2018
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.
So far in 2020, Hutchinson Community Foundation has awarded Fund for Hutchinson grants totaling more than $78,000 to area nonprofits. These organizations provide a wide variety of services and programs in Reno County.
Hutchinson Art Center
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
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.
Reno County Historical Society
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family Community Theatre: Lift the Flag
Upgrade and remodel the Flag Theatre lobby, making the theater more pleasant and inviting for community members, whether participating as part of the cast and crew or attending performances for personal enjoyment. Funding will also cover the installation of a restroom in the men’s dressing room.
Family Community Theatre: Strategic Planning:
Support for a facilitator to lead a strategic-planning retreat for the board of directors and develop a draft of a strategic plan. (Made from the Fund for Hutchinson – Community Leadership)
Hutchinson Symphony Association: Our Message is in the Music
Celebrate America’s positive spirit through an entire series of concerts and community collaborations featuring the different periods and genres of American music. Collaborations with Stage 9, Hutchinson Community College’s Badinage, Fox Theatre performers Sons of Serendip, and area high schools are among the highlights of the series.
Hutchinson Theatre Guild (Stage 9): The Foundry
Provide students ages 12 to 18 an opportunity to produce and perform an original work of theater. Over the course of two weeks, middle-school students will work alongside high school mentors and adult instructors developing skills in all aspects of a theatrical production. Stage 9 will collaborate with the Hutchinson High School drama instructor and Hutchinson Middle School vocal music instructor for this theater lab.
Cosmosphere: Accessible Low Ropes Course
Transform a vacant lot at 11th Avenue and Ford Street in Hutchinson into a low ropes course that can serve people of all ages and abilities as they experience team building, develop leadership and problem-solving skills, and gain personal confidence. The Cosmosphere will partner with Disability Supports of the Great Plains on this project that will benefit not only the organizations’ camp programs and clients but also be available to the neighborhood and entire Reno County community.
Haven Gathering Place: Haven Gathering Place
Promote social and emotional health by creating a safe place where community members can connect with each other and learn about local resources. Funds will allow construction of an ADA-compliant restroom in the downtown Haven building being renovated for this project, which is a collaboration among Haven High School, Haven Chamber of Commerce and the city of Haven.
Hutch Rec: Neighborhood Development
Award: $15,000 x 3 years
Final year of a three-year grant to support collaborative work with residents and community partners, including the city of Hutchinson and the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, on innovative neighborhood development strategies with the overarching goal of ensuring Hutchinson has safe neighborhoods and is an attractive place to live, work, play and raise an active family.
Interfaith Housing and Community Services: A Server to Continue Serving
Replace the organization’s outdated 2008 server with a new server that will provide the capacity and longevity necessary for continued operations. An updated server will ensure clients’ access to the phone system, computerized application processes, program information and payment services will be uninterrupted and that the organization’s staff can provide the effective service the clients deserve.
BrightHouse, Inc.: From Adequate to Exemplary — Updating the BrightHouse Child Visitation and Exchange Center
Increase BrightHouse’s capacity to provide high quality supervised child visitation and monitored exchange services by investing in technological and environmental upgrades, including visitation management software and furniture that will help create a more comfortable and welcoming experience for the children and families served.
Circles of Hope Reno County: Bridge Funding for New Circles Director Position
Award: $13,995 x 3 years
First year of a three-year grant to create a part-time director position that will provide focus, structure and supervision for the program’s staff and volunteers. Having a director in place will also increase Circle’s capacity to recruit volunteers and develop and carry out fundraising efforts in order to sustain the initiative and grow its impact.
Poverty Collaborative Task Force: Capacity Building
Group coaching to strengthen collaborative relationships among people, churches, and organizations concerned about poverty, as well as costs associated with convening partners to better understand the emergency referral system and consider potential interventions for increased efficiency and empathy. (Made from the Fund for Hutchinson – Community Leadership)
Resilience Reno County: Resilience Reno County 3.0
Award: $5,840 x 3 years
First year of a three-year grant for an AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) position to strengthen this collaborative effort to equip community members and organizations with resources on healing from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Ultimately, Resilience Reno County aims to create a trauma-informed community that is more empathetic and able to connect individuals and families who have experienced trauma to organizations offering supportive relationships and resilience-building tools. Partial match by the Davis Foundation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Reno County: Diversity and Inclusion for All
Support a marketing and media campaign, along with after-hours events, Lunch and Learns, and Coffee and Conversation opportunities designed to recruit a diverse population of professional and retired community members throughout Reno County to serve as adult mentors for youth who are a minority or who identify as LGBTQ.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Reno County: Catching up with Technology
Update aging office equipment with the purchase of two new laptops, which will allow the organization to be more efficient when serving clients and volunteers.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson, Inc.: Hawk Huddle
Award: $12,000 x 3 years
Final year of a three-year grant for an after-school program providing seventh- and eighth-grade students at Hutchinson Middle School with homework help and opportunities to become involved in school events, allowing for continuous academic assistance while a sustainable funding source is built.
Circles of Hope Reno County: Hutchinson High School Project-Building Capacity of Youth Who Are Living in Poverty
Award: $3,696 x 2 years
Final year of a two-year grant to increase the resilience of Hutchinson High School students from unstable homes by building their capacity to stabilize their lives and create their future stories.
Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas: Program Expansion to New Sites & New Program Scholarships
Award: $7,500 over 3 years
Second year of a three-year grant to ensure that girls who would not typically have access to quality youth programming have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run (third- through fifth-graders) or Heart & Sole (sixth- through eighth-graders) programs that inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. (Amount received in 2019: $2,500)
Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce: Youth Entrepreneur Event
Host an event for Reno County high school students who are involved in entrepreneurship and journalism programs with the goal of providing practical experience in business and entrepreneurship, creating awareness of the opportunities available in Reno County, and providing tools and inspiring confidence to go after those opportunities. Annual Meeting speaker and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine Jason Feifer will share experiences and knowledge with students during the event in February.
Hutchinson Public Schools: Expanding the IB Career-Related Programme
Provide support for scholarships and some of the necessary materials for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-Related Programme at Hutchinson High School, making rigorous college-preparatory courses more accessible and ensuring more students are college- and career-ready upon graduation. Matched by the Davis Foundation.
Kansas Children’s Service League: Healthy Families-Reno County
Increase the caseload capacity and community awareness for this program, which provides primary child abuse and neglect prevention services to Reno County families. Matched 1:1 by Medicaid.
Salthawk Community Support: Removing Barriers to Education
Award: $10,000 x 3 years
Final year of a three-year grant providing students in need at Hutchinson High School with basic necessities and access to academic tutoring, financial education and self-esteem-building activities coordinated by emotionally encouraging staff and volunteers.
To foster the growth, education and development of young people who are 18 years of age and younger, with a preference for funding activities that result in an early intervention in an at-risk child’s life.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Reno County: Collective Impact Collaboration
Provide leaders of multiple agencies the time and resources to work toward developing a collective impact strategy for at-risk Reno County youth ages 14 to 21, with the ultimate goal of bringing together organizations and resources across the community to help youth overcome adversities, build relationships, develop work-ready skills and create a positive future story that they will be able to fully achieve.
Hadley Day Care Center: Countertops, Cabinets & Cubbies
Replace countertops and cabinets in six classrooms, ensuring safe storage of cleaning products and supplies. The grant will also fund construction of individual cubbies for the 70 children using the classrooms, allowing each child his/her own space for personal items, such as jackets, backpacks and an extra change of clothes.
Supporting health and well-being through healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments.
City of Hutchinson: Phase Zero Hutch
Experiment with a series of placemaking and tactical urbanism projects to help the community reimagine several of our public places. Community members will have the opportunity to experience short-term, low-cost demonstration projects in Midtown, the State Fair/Main Street area, and Farmington Park and offer feedback based on their personal interactions with the projects prior to a commitment of major public financing for permanent features.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland: Community Based Programs: Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders
Provide financial assistance for Reno County girls to participate in the Girl Scouts’ skill-building Community Based Program, attend summer camp and help with costs, such as uniforms and curriculum materials.
Headquarters, Inc.: Collaborating to Prevent Suicide
Provide suicide prevention expertise to the Reno County Suicide Prevention Coalition as they select evidence-based suicide prevention strategies. Headquarters, Inc. will help identify public education, awareness campaigns and school-based suicide prevention initiatives that best fit the particular needs of the Reno County community.
Kansas Food Bank Warehouse: Food 4 Kids Backpack Program 2020
Provide volunteer-assembled, weekend food packets to children in Reno County who are experiencing food insecurity, allowing them to return to school on Monday mornings feeling less anxious, healthier and better prepared to learn.
Reno County Health Department: Creating New Connections
Welcome new people to the community by coordinating a quarterly potluck dinner and information-sharing session with the goals of raising awareness about community resources, encouraging attendees to become more vested in their new community, and providing a space and opportunity for social connections.
Rise Up Reno – Prevention Network: A Platform for Progress
Purchase a software platform that will allow the organization to more effectively manage contact with and service to stakeholders, helping to better match partners and participants with their specific interests among the many programs Rise Up Reno – Prevention Network (formerly Reno County Communities That Care) implements. The software platform will also increase staff efficiency, resulting in more time for direct contact with students and families.
Introduced in 2017, Make it Greater grants make a big difference in Reno County Communities through supporting projects that:
For 2020, the 12 grants awarded range from $500 to $2,500, totaling $22,908. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Fox Theatre Holiday Open House: Purchase decorations for a community-wide holiday event held at the Fox during its 90th-anniversary year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Play Haven Memorial Park
The grant will help with construction expenses at Play Haven Memorial Park, which is being built to honor USD 313 fifth-grader Haven Stambaugh who died in 2017 after a lifetime of illness.
Employment for All
This grant will help support Disability Mentoring Day, which provides work experience to youth with disabilities, and events tied to Disability Awareness Month in October.
Key Club Giving Back to the Community
The grant will help fund community-service projects.
ART ON! Everyone Create.
This grant will help support an art and design workshop for middle and high school students.
Spotlight on Fairfield Talent
The grant will help fund the addition of new theater spotlights in the school’s auditorium.
The grant will help support the high school’s student-mentoring program to grade school and middle school students.
This grant will help fund a youth-mentoring program focused on reading.