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Norton County Community Foundation Awards $2,500 in March Grant Cycle

Norton, Kansas, March 2021 -- Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) awarded $2,500 to Norton County nonprofit organizations and charitable projects in the March grant cycle. These 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 County Arts Council for supplies and materials needed in order to host the traveling Smithsonian exhibit titled Crossroads: Change in Rural America.

Norton was one of six communities selected to host this traveling exhibit, which is designed to spark fresh thinking and new conversations about the future and sustainability of Kansas communities. The exhibit will run for six weeks from May 1st – June 12th. The Norton County Arts Council (NCAC) has been planning and organizing programming for the exhibit along with a complimentary local exhibit, which will run during the same timeframe.

“The Crossroads exhibit will create space for our community to explore and exercise telling our history while planning for our future,” said Caryl Hale with the NCAC. “Our hope is that this will help foster our community’s sense of shared identity and cultivate new ideas on how to adapt to the changes in the economy that no doubt have a large effect on our small community.”

The grants funds will help with the coordination and presentation of this exhibit and future events. “We’re so excited that Norton was selected to host the Crossroads exhibit,” said Tara Vance, NCCF Executive Director. “The grant committee was eager to award this request and help support the Arts Council in bringing cultural events to Norton County.”

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

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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