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Norton County Community Foundation Awards $10,000 in March Grant Cycle


Contact: Bethany Shirk

(785) 874-5106,


Norton, Kansas, March 2023 – Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) awarded $10,000 in the March grant cycle. 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 project:

  • Northern Valley Schools received $10,000 for Exterior Grout and Sealing

Northern Valley Schools was awarded funds to help with exterior facility upgrades. The high school, built in 1923, is the “center life force” of the community, serving students and teachers on a daily basis, and also hosting regular events such as reunions, funerals, receptions, and celebrations. The building has water leaks in the mortar joints, causing damage to ceiling tiles, structural supports, and walls. The school has been patching them each year, but it’s reached a point where a full repair is necessary. Addressing the root problem will be more economical in the long run. Mid-Continental Restoration has been hired to clean the mortar joints, remove loose debris, recement and seal the joints. The project is set to begin in June.

“The Northern Valley School District is a vital part of the Almena and Long Island communities,” states the grant application. “It’s crucial that our school district maintains their property in good working order to provide a safe environment for our local students.”

The school is working to secure all funds necessary for the project and is welcoming any support from interested parties.

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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