2018 Grant Recipients Recognized

HALSTEAD—The Halstead Community Foundation announced the recipients of its 2018 grant cycle during the Old Settlers community picnic on Aug. 12. Nine local organizations were awarded grants that totaled just under $10,000.

The Halstead Public Library received a grant to install push-button handicap accessible doors to its main west entrance. Librarian Joleen Ross noted that this would make it much easier for the handicapped and elderly to visit the library.

A grant to Halstead’s Interfaith Council will help support the annual vacation Bible school, which will take place May 28-31 next year. Last May, the program grew tremendously to 117 kids from 49. The grant funds will help provide these children with take-home materials to reinforce the lessons they learn.

Halstead Police Department was awarded a grant to purchase three AEDs to place inside each of its vehicles. Police Chief Josh Orem said this would put officers in a better position to assist victims of cardiac arrest as they wait for EMS to arrive.

Teacher Ashley Watkins accepted a grant to start an Anam Cara club at Halstead High School. This group just for girls will help them build confidence, learn about healthy relationships, and navigate the challenges of high school, Watkins said. The grant money will go toward purchasing books for the girls to read and discuss during their meetings.

Health Ministries received a grant to purchase a small piece of equipment that goes on a patient’s finger and measures both his or her pulse and the amount of oxygen in the blood. According to Chief Financial Officer Dan Evans, these devices range from $600 to $800, and the grant will allow Health Ministries to purchase one.

A grant to the Kansas Learning Center for Health will allow the purchase of a SMART board, a flat-screen panel that can be used both at the Learning Center and on the road when staff gives programs at schools. Executive Director Carrie Herman said it would benefit students in Halstead, Harvey County, and anyone else who attends their programs.

Bentley Primary School was awarded a grant to purchase flexible seating options. According to principal Adam Conard, this would allow students to learn in a more comfortable environment.

The Halstead Clover 4H Club received a grant to maintain the four flower planters it installed downtown two years ago. Club member Josie Engel said the 4-Hers hope to continue maintaining these planters for many years to come.

Rachael Miner accepted a grant on behalf of STAND—formerly known as Youth As Resources (YAR), a program started at Halstead High School last year. It was this club that was responsible for painting the new mural at Scout Park, and Miner said the grant funds would go toward promoting positive, healthy decisions amongst youth.

This year’s grant recipients were selected from a pool of 13 applicants.

The grant cycle is made possible by two funds: the Halstead Community Impact Endowment fund and the Kansas Kansas Health Foundation—Halstead Fund. According to Executive Director JaLayna Carmichael, the foundation kept some money in reserve for the possibility of awarding a grant later this year, similar to how it helped Halstead Middle School purchase its gaga ball pit outside its normal grant cycle.

The Halstead Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation. Donations to HCF may be sent to P.O. Box 4, Halstead, KS 67056.

From left, Josie Engel, Dominique Schutte and Dalaina Schutte explain the Halstead Clover 4-H Club’s plans to use its grant money to maintain the flower planters downtown.

Dan Evans shows off the device that Health Ministries will purchase with its grant from the Halstead Community Foundation. The piece of equipment measures pulse and oxygen levels in the blood.

Halstead Community Foundation Grant Recipients Honored

Halstead, KS – The Halstead Community Foundation affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 grant recipients.  This year, two funds supported the various projects for the community of Halstead.  The Halstead Community Impact Endowment Fund and the Kansas Health Foundation- Halstead Fund.

The Halstead Community Impact Endowment Fund was established in 2011 to support nonprofit entities for its public, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. Each year the Halstead Community Foundation Board can distribute 5% of the total fund to local charities.  This year recipients are: The Halstead Public Library, they received $2000.00 to assist in the upgrade of lighting, both indoors and out, to an LED system.  Halstead Middle School received two grants, each in the amount of $500. The first will go towards the program Community Service in Action.  Students in 4th -8th grade will participate in an array of service and kindness projects across Halstead and Harvey County.  The second grant will be used to assist in the Flexible Seating Initiative.  Numerous studies have shown that by engaging students in numerous postures, such as walking, lying down, moving, leaning against a desk, or perching can enhance the learning process.  The final grant from the Impact Endowment Fund went to Sound of the Heartland, in the amount of $500.  Sound of the Heartland is a local performing arts group that has developed a program known as The Fabulous 40’s.  They have a repertoire of 40’s songs with full costume and dance.  These songs are geared towards those 70+ in years and can bring back the music of one’s youth.  They will be performing in Halstead facilities, senior centers and churches where people need the inspiration of music.

The Kansas Health Foundation – Endowed Halstead Fund was established in 2013 to underwrite the solutions to local health issues, and for the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals and their communities through the encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments.  This year’s recipients are: Kansas Learning Center for Health and their new program Healthy Relationships.  They received $1,500 towards the program.  They will work with the Freshmen and Sophomore students at Halstead High school to teach and promote healthy relationship skills, including respectful and nonviolent behaviors in relationships.  Mirror Inc. and Youth as Resources received $1,500 to expand their program “Empowered Youth Creating Positive Community Change” into Halstead.  Through Youth as Resources the community gains needed service and at the same time builds a hedge of protection around young people.  Harvey County Circle of Hope with Peace Connections was granted $500 to provide transportation stipends to families and volunteers willing to provide transportation assistance to Hesston or Newton.  Harvey County Circle of Hope is a program to help families gain financial stability and move permanently out of poverty.

Halstead Community Foundation appreciates all of those that applied for grants and look forward to a larger grant cycle next year.  “I know that with the continued support and generosity of this community we can make a greater impact and help more organizations in the coming year.” JaLayna Carmichael, director of Halstead Community Foundation

The Halstead Community Foundation is currently promoting their community endowment for the benefit of charities serving Halstead. Contributions to the Halstead Impact Fund during 2017 will be matched by Kansas Health Foundation. If you want to be a part of meeting the needs of local charities, please send your tax-deductible contribution to Halstead Community Foundation, P.O. Box 4, Halstead, KS 67056.


KLCH gets HCF Check

2016 KLCH annual grant

Ks Learning Center for Health received $2,729.20 from the Halstead Community Foundation’s Fund. Each year Ks Learning Center for Health is granted 5% of the earnings from their fund. In the past 5 years, their grants have totaled $14,477.

Money Given To Halstead Parks

The Halstead Community Foundation is proud to present a check for $1,046 to the Parks and Recreation Department in the City of Halstead.  Grant Williams, Director of Parks & Recreation sent a grant request for improvements to the Scout Park.  The Climbing Wall in Scout Park will need several updates.  Also fall zone mulch material will be purchased to increase children’s safety around the playground equipment.  The Halstead Community Foundation is able to assist financially to many areas of interest in our Halstead Community.  If you or your family are interested in setting up a fund, please contact JaLayna Carmichael at 316-680-6271.

Halstead Parks Receives check from Halstead Community Foundation
Halstead Parks Receives check from Halstead Community Foundation

2015 Community Grants

The Halstead Community Foundation recently granted to the Halstead Library and the Health Ministries Clinic-Halstead.  The Halstead Public Library with Joleen Ross, Head Librarian was given a grant for $2,000 to aid in the purchase of a new Micro-Film Reader. The Library has records on film dating back to the 1880’s so it’s vital to keep up to date with a new Micro-Film Reader. HCF’s second grant of $2,000 went to the new Health Ministries Clinic-Halstead.  It’s so exciting to have this clinic expand for our Halstead Community.