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Norton County Community Foundation Awards $10,000 in June and July Grant Cycles


Contact: Bethany Shirk

(785) 874-5106,


Norton, Kansas, August 2022 – Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) awarded $10,000 in the June and July grant cycles. Funds were part of the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which offers financial support to qualifying and deserving projects and programs in Northwest Kansas. Grant funds supported the following projects:

  • Norton County Sheriff’s Office received $5,000 for a K-9 Unit

  • Almena Area Rural Fire Department received $5,000 for a Brush/Grass Fire Firetruck

According to the grant application, the Norton County Sheriff’s Office is starting a K-9 unit, which will primarily be used for Narcotics Detection and Tracking. Their goal is to increase the arrest and prosecution of drug users and distributors in Norton County. Grant funds were used toward the purchase of the dog and necessary training. Deputy Blecha has visited the facility and met Norton’s dog, which is a 9-month-old German Shepherd named Jaida. They will begin training in late August.

The Almena Area Rural Fire Department requested funds to help purchase a pickup chassis and flatbed equipped with all necessary parts and pieces needed to be a fire rig. The department serves Norton County and surrounding counties when needed; the current equipment needs updated to sufficiently cover the 102-square miles in our district. Our area of Norton County is in a designated drought area, and there are many acres of continuous grass land. When a fire starts, it can move quickly - affecting homes, businesses, and animals. Updated equipment will provide better safety for the volunteers and county as a whole.

The guidelines and application for the Hansen Community Grant can be found on NCCF’s website at Applications are due the last day of the month to be considered for the next month’s funding. For more information, please contact Bethany Shirk at 785.874.5106,, or visit the NCCF office at the Heaton Building in Downtown Norton, KS, located at 112 S. Kansas Street.


About Norton County Community Foundation

The Norton County Community Foundation was established in 1994 for the purpose of supporting local charitable activities in Norton County through endowments made to the foundation. Dedicated to serving today for tomorrow, to make our community a better place in which to live. Connect with the Norton County Community Foundation at


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