News Release

Solomon Valley Community Foundation announces fall grant recipients

BELOIT, Kan.— During its recent fall grant cycle, the Solomon Valley Community Foundation awarded over $39,000 in grants to 13 projects throughout Mitchell County. The following organizations received funding:

  • City of Cawker City, for the Fire Department to update their protective gear to include amplifiers on their masks.
  • City of Tipton, to purchase three, 8-foot picnic tables for the new shelter at Tipton Woods Trail.
  • Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce, to replace a recently destroyed billboard, which includes the purchase and installation of a new signage wrap.
  • USD 272, to purchase additional fitness equipment and materials for the Cawker City Community Fitness Center such as additional leg and hand weights and a storage rack, industrial size fan, and stability ball air pump.
  • Lincoln County, to equip the Hunter Rural Fire Department’s new firefighters with gear and upgrade their trucks and firehouse with the necessary equipment.
  • City of Beloit, to purchase four locally fabricated, custom signs to welcome visitors to Beloit and be unique works of art in the community.
  • Mitchell County Historical Society, to purchase steel shelving for large format maps, property abstracts and large format displays.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6242, to improve the VFW breakfast room and kitchen by updating the carpet, flooring and one gas stove in the kitchen.
  • Tipton Christian School, Inc., to purchase new equipment, maintenance, and recording items for the track and field program such as, a high jump mat, a long jump/triple jump pit and cover with rubber runway and take off boards, rake, batons, discus and shotputs, a Plyo Box Package, Speed & Agility Hurdles, Speed Shute Resistance Trainer, stopwatches, and measuring tapes.
  • John the Baptist Catholic Church/School, to restore and repair the church’s stain-glassed windows and preserve their beauty for future generations.
  • Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation, to increase youth physical activity through Solomon Valley Youth Challenge in Mitchell County by providing milestone achievement prizes for participants and for education and development of community events throughout the year.
  • Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc., to purchase a Gaga Ball Game pit to provide a new therapeutic venue for Youth Rehabilitation Services clients.
  • John the Baptist Catholic Church/School, to create an outdoor eating, working, and gathering space that includes three composite recycled 8-foot picnic tables and one composite recycled ADA wheelchair accessible 8-foot picnic table.

This round of grants was made possible by the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which supports projects and programs that improve the community’s quality of life.

The foundation’s next grant cycle will open December 1, with applications due February 1, 2023. For more information, visit