FS Area Foundation Delivers Grants to 15 Recipients

All representatives of the grants awarded, pause for a group photo on Nov. 4 following the presentations.

The Fort Scott Area Community Foundation (FSACF) was launched in August 2007 and serves all of Bourbon County as a partner and resource to non-profit organizations whose goal is to improve the quality of life in our area.

The foundation presented the yearly awards at an After-Hours Chamber of Commerce event, hosted by Landmark Bank on November 4.

Thanks to the generosity of area donors, this year the foundation presented awards to 15 organizations totaling $40,345.


Gregg Motley tells about the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation before the awarding of the grants. FSCAF Chairperson Carla Farmer listens, at right.

The foundation received 24 qualifying applications requesting over $89,000, Greg Motley, a member of the board of directors, said.

The following is a photo of representatives of the recipients receiving their awards.

Gregg Motley, an FSACF board member; Dave Gillen and Patty Mowen, Beacon representatives; along with Carla Farmer, FSACF Chairperson.

The Beacon received $3,000 to upgrade and expand nutritional food items.


Special Olympic Kansas representatives Steve Anthony, 2nd from left, and Erin Fletcher, far-right accept an award from Motley and Farmer.

Special Olympics of Kansas recognizes the accomplishments of those with intellectual disabilities and received $500 toward that effort.


Uniontown Saddle Club representatives Wayne Hall and Rachel Carpenter receive a check from Motley and Farmer.

The Uniontown Saddle Club was approved a $4,000 grant to bring electricity to the recreational vehicle area to facilitate overnight camping at the club’s arena.


Receiving the grant for the Gordon Parks Museum is Jane Campbell, center.

The Gordon Parks Museum received $3,000 to bring a professional dance group from Kansas City, the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Alley, to the museum’s planned Martin Luther King Day.


Craig Hubbard, Kansas Food Bank representative, center, received the check from the foundation.

The Food For Kids program provides weekend meals for chronically hungry school children and the foundation presented a $3,000 check to the Kansas Food Bank Warehouse.


Mert Barrows, center, receives a foundation check representing the Presbyterian Church.

The First Presbyterian Church Ramp Pack received $2,500 to build wheelchair ramps to homes of needy Fort Scottians.


Fort Scott City Manager Mark McCoy received a foundation check on behalf of the city and the Fort Scott Kiwanis club.

The City of Fort Scott and the Kiwanis Club of Fort Scott received a grant to plant new trees in the community, in the amount of $1,000.


CASA representative Jane Campbell, center, received the grant award for the organization.

Bourbon County Court Appointed Special Advocates received $4,500 to facilitate training for new volunteers and ongoing education for staff.


Melissa Guns, center, representing the Christmas in the Park organization, received the grant from the foundation.

The Christmas in the Park event will be in Gunn Park this year, thanks to the foundation’s $1,000 grant award.


Allen Warren, center, receives the grant award for the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Association and 4-H Clubs.

The Pioneer Harvest Fiesta organization and the Bourbon County 4-H Clubs partnered to receive a $2,500 grant to spruce up the Cloverleaf Event Center at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds and buy some picnic tables.


Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries Director Allen Schellack, center, receives the grant from the foundation.

Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries received a $2,000 grant to fund transportation services, identification documentation, shelter during extreme weather, and space heaters for those in need.


Care to Share Board Members Lavetta Simmons and Sidney Zimmermann, center, receive a grant.

Care to Share, a support organization for those with cancer, received a $3,000 award to ease the financial burden for patients and their caregivers by providing transportation, house cleaning, yard work, meals, and any other personal needs while the patient is focused on the cancer battle.


USD 234 school personnel Robin Webb, Missy Miller, and Martin Alteri, all in the center, receive the grant.

Winfield Scott Elementary School first grade teachers will use their $2,500 grant awarded to familiarize students with local resources through trips to businesses, non-profits, and government locations to build backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math and also help students become community-oriented.


Angela Simon, Bailey Lyons, and Lindsay Madison receive the grant for the Chamber.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce received a $4,000 grant to upgrade the Christmas decorations for the downtown area.


USD 234 music teacher Whitley Chesney receives the grant.

Fort Scott High School Choir Director Whitley Chesney received $3,845 to purchase appropriate attire for performances at concerts, no matter what the student’s economic status.


2 thoughts on “FS Area Foundation Delivers Grants to 15 Recipients”

  1. This is Fort Scott at its best! Thank you FSACF for donating to these organizations. And thank you to them for all their hard work to serve our community!

    1. Thanks to the Foundation Board members and all the local donors for making these generous grants available to the many local organizations that serve others in need. Bless you all! Steve Buerge

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