The Harper County Community Foundation recently recognized the grant recipients for the October 2023 round at an Awards Presentation held in conjunction with their End of Year Gala. The event was held at 7 p.m., on Monday, October 30th, at the Harper County Blue Fair Barn in Harper. This event also featured a celebration of HCCF’s 30th grant round on the 30th of October.

For this grant round, 37 grant applications were submitted to HCCF with a total of $416,797.93 requested. The Harper County Community Foundation awarded $151,847.25 to 32 organizations and projects that benefit Harper County. These monies from the Waste Connection Landfill Revenues and the Harper County Board of Commissioners represent the 30th round of grants awarded since the inception of the granting program in May of 2009. The Foundation also awarded monies from their discretionary funds. A total of $3,363,584.00 has been awarded since the inception of this granting process to fund well over 700 projects in Harper County. A complete listing of all past grant recipients can be found on HCCF’s website – – by going to the Non-Profits menu option and then pulling down to the Past Grant Recipients page.

The following items were discussed during the 2023 Year End Recap portion of the Gala:

  • $3,363,584.00 has been awarded since May 2009.
  • $3M BASE Grant. Building A Stronger Economy.
  • Prepare To Launch Program. $589,351.58 as of 9/30/2023.
  • Foundant Technologies Software Implementation.
  • Patterson Family Foundation Match Day Results. $75,194.88.
  • Land Sale. Connie Sue Anthony Estate. 12/12/2023.

The Foundation would like to thank The Arts Center for providing entertainment for the children in attendance. More thanks go to the Prepare To Launch Squad members Auburn Hill, Joscelyn Hazel, Mya Deviney, Baylee Ricke, Drake Schmidt, Kendall Nelson, and Britt Hedlund for their support and service at the Gala. A special thank you also goes to Mya Deviney and Auburn Hill for serving as the evening’s photographers.

Recipients of the October 2023 grant monies include The Arts Center, Inc. for Performing Arts/Wichita Children’s Theatre Tour; Harper County Department on Aging & Transportation Mobile Harper County Mural; Anthony & Harper Elementary Libraries for New Book Purchases; Attica Public Schools for Kindness Club, Bulldog PRIDE, Capturing Kids Hearts and Minds, Social Emotional Learning with Little Spot, Science Department Classroom Improvements, Theater Program Updates, Elementary Educational Field Trips and School Communication; City of Attica for Memorial Building Inside Paint; Attica Site Council; Harper Public Library for GED Assistance Program; Anthony Kiwanis for Kiwanis Cupboard; Attica Long Term Care for Wheels to Safety & Furnish to Flourish Projects; Harper Elementary for Field Trips; Chaparral High School for Golf Equipment, AG Farm Mower, Weight Room Updates; Anthony Recreation Commission for Baseball Equipment Upgrades & Ballfield Scoreboard Improvements; The Youth Group at Anthony Christian Church for Wednesday Evening Meals; Anthony Theatre, Inc. for the Light Up the Marquee Project; Harper County Fair Board for Fair Barn Renovation; Attica Saddle Club for Aluminum Bleachers; Anthony Gun Club’s Shells Purchase for Trapshooting Team; Harper Boy Scouts Pack 853 for Eagle Scout Park Mural Project; FOCUS at Anthony Elementary for Educational Field Trips; Harper County Youth Deer Hunt; and Harper County Community HOPE.

HCCF’s Mission is focused on education, human needs, health care, community improvement or rural development projects that will enrich the communities of Harper County through support and resources. The deadline for the next grant round will be May 1, 2024.

More information about HCCF may be found on their In addition, any questions may be directed to Michelle Fahring, Assistant to the Foundation, by calling 620-840-1153 (cell phone), or by sending an e-mail to


Grant Recipients Photo identification // Front Row left to right:

Angie Alexander, Attica Saddle Club; Gavin Antoine, Harper Boy Scouts of America Pack 853; Hannah Alldritt, Harper Elementary Library & The Arts Center, Inc.; Sandy Prickett, Anthony Christian Church Youth Group; Holly Noble, Attica Long Term Care; Dollie Mathes, Anthony Theatre, Inc.; Robin Ybarra, Attica USD 511 Science & Theater Departments; Cristina Davis, Kristina Bramwell & Brandie Waldschmidt, USD 511 Attica Public Schools; Lori Ryan, City of Attica; and Megan McDaniel, Attica Site Council.

Second Row left to right:

Jennifer Wolff, Harper County Dept. on Aging & Transportation; Charles Haxton, Attica Long Term Care; Nicole Winter, FOCUS at Anthony Elementary; Jason Schroeder, Anthony Kiwanis; Emily Kohler, Anthony Recreation; Zachery & Emalie Graves, Chaparral FFA; Christy Mans, Attica Site Council; Joel Gerber, Chaparral Schools Weight Room; Karen Aldis, Harper County Community HOPE; Jerid Befort, Harper County Fair Board; Sid Burkholder, Anthony Gun Club & CHS Trapshooting Team; and Allen Finley, Harper County Youth Deer Hunt.