Norton, Kansas, November 2021 – Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) awarded $10,000 in the November 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:
Norton First United Methodist Church received $10,000 for the Norton Thrift Shop new building/renovation project.
In June 2021, the Thrift Shop was gifted the building at 112 South State Street – commonly known to Norton residents as the old Dollar General Building. The building was purchased by the Norton County Community Foundation, at the direction of an anonymous donor and their wishes. The new building has more than twice the amount of square footage, meaning the Shop will be able to expand its inventory, spread out its displays, and carry larger household items such as furniture. Volunteers will have more space to work, and – importantly – the new building is ADA accessible, expanding its accessibility to the community. Finally, because the new building is on Main Street, the Shop’s visibility will increase to community members and people traveling through Norton, resulting in more business.
Significant renovations need completed to make the space move-in ready. Bids have been secured to complete the project, and local donors have volunteered to fund some of the large ticket items and/or furnish labor towards critical renovation elements. Grant funding from NCCF will help cover the cost of remaining renovations.
“NCCF is excited about the momentum at the Thrift Shop,” said Tara Vance, NCCF Executive Director. “This project has a lot of community support, demonstrated through the purchase/donation of the building from local donors, as well as their fundraising success back at Match Day in July. And now, thanks to the many volunteer hours helping with renovations, the project is in full swing. We look forward to the ultimate Ribbon Cutting and know how much value this project will bring to Norton County.”
The guidelines and application for the Hansen Community Grant can be found on NCCF’s website at nortonccf.org. Beginning in January 2022, applications will be due the last day of the month to be considered for the next month’s funding. For more information, please contact Tara Vance at 785.874.5106, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 www.nortonccf.org.