County foundation continues its mission by helping local organizations

Kenna Burns, center, of ECKAN, receives a check from Osage County Community Foundation board members Joe Humerickhouse, Michael Pitts, Jodi Stark and Casey Mussatto, as part of the foundation’s 2019 end of year grants.

The Osage County Community Foundation recently finished its benevolence of the last decade by awarding its 2019 end of the year grants to three area organizations.

Recipients during the latest grant round were: East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, which received $500 to assist with expenses associated with its prom boutique, an annual event that provides dresses of all sizes to girls for prom night or other formal events; Osage City Chamber of Commerce, $1,000 to help with the cost of rebuilding a portable stage used for the Osage County Fair, Smoke in the Spring, and other community events held at Osage City’s Jones Park; and the Ecumenical Christian Action Team, $1,000 for roof repairs and to help with the cost of a small storage shed.

OCCF typically offers two rounds of grants annually and any organization or group based in Osage County is eligible to apply. The foundation makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation and cultural affairs. An organization’s general operational expenses are not funded. The foundation also seeks donations to continue its charitable work in support of Osage County organizations.

For more information about donating to the Osage County Community Foundation or the grant application process, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006 or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts.

OCCF board members award Kathy Lincoln, of ECAT, a grant that will help fund the organization’s roof repairs and storage shed.

OCCF board members present a grant to Kevin Stromgren, on behalf of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, to help refurbish a portable stage used at the county fair and other events at Osage City’s Jones Park.

Information and photos thanks to OCCF.

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