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Community foundation opens new grant application period

Orbis recognized for generous donations

Area groups and organizations once again have an opportunity to be awarded funds through a local community foundation.

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants for innovative and creative projects and programs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation and cultural affairs. The application period for the current round of grants is open until Jan. 15, with grant recipients expected to be announced in February.

The foundation makes grants up to $500 for each recipient, and typically offers two rounds of grants annually. Any organization based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. General operational expenses are not funded.

Following the application deadline, the foundation’s board will meet to review the applications and select recipients.

The foundation also continues to seek donations to continue its work in supporting countywide benevolent organizations.

“For the foundation to continue on this path, we must continue to raise money,” said Perry Thompson, the foundation’s president.

He asked Osage County citizens to consider the foundation during financial planning, noting contributions are tax-exempt and benefit people and organizations in the Osage County area.

Speaking with Osage County News recently, Thompson recognized an Osage County business that has made generous contributions over the past year, which helps the foundation in its mission.

He said Orbis Corporation, Osage City, had made two contributions of $2,000 each in the last two years through its parent company, Menasha Corporation, and its philanthropic arm, the Menasha Corporation Foundation.

The company’s website says the company has been “a passionate supporter of worthy community projects and organizations for more than a century” and believes “the monetary donations and volunteerism from our employees builds loyalty and a high caliber workforce.”

Thompson said such donations are always welcomed.

“The foundation is certainly happy to get these contributions, and appreciate their support for another year,” he said. “Menasha’s contribution of $4,000 will help us continue our giving to Osage County organizations.”

For more information about donating to the Osage County Community Foundation or the grant process, contact Thompson at 785-528-3006. The grant application is available in the document center on Osage City’s website,, in the Osage County Community Foundation folder, or contact Thompson. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Revised Dec. 15, 2104, to clarify information about Oribis’ donations over the last two years.

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