The McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF) recently awarded $12,000 worth of grants to local organizations, which were made possible by the Kansas Health Foundation’s Children’s Fund and the Lindsborg/DN Fund, which is administered by the foundation.
MCCF President Becky Goss said that her organization has been awarding grants since 2002. However, MCCF has grown to the point where it now has three grant rounds a year to area non-profit organizations.
“It’s exciting evidence of our growing and changing,” Goss said.
MCCF works with area non-profit organizations as a resource, holding seminars, helping with grant writing and talking with donors.
As far as awarding the grants, MCCF looks at the kind of programs area non-profits have, and how they meet various initiatives. In this cycle, the initiative was children and families.
“We look at how many people they serve, and whether or not the funds are for  operating expenses or programming expenses,” Goss said, adding that while they can fund operating expenses, the preference is for programming expenses.
Ultimately, MCCF hopes to build endowed funds. MCCF invests donations, and the earnings go back into funding the grants. Currently, there are 128 different funds MCCF helps oversee.
Goss said anyone wanting to help can come by the MCCF office at 206 South Main and talk about the kind of program they want to support, or even set up a new fund.
The next round of MCCF grants will be announced in January. For more information, contact MCCF at 245-9070.