2019 Grant Reception Awards $232,748 to 34 Projects Across the Parsons Area

Over 100 residents of the greater Parsons area packed an event room at Commercial Bank on April 25 to celebrate many of the wonderful projects making our community stronger. The Parsons Area Community Foundation awarded annual grants to 34 nonprofit projects ranging from municipalities and law enforcement to youth and education.

Since its inception in 1996, the Parsons Area Community Foundation has invested over $2 million dollars into projects within a 25-mile radius of Parsons. This year, $232,748 was awarded from endowed unrestricted funds set up by donors, field of interest funds and funds designated by the donor for a specific charity.

“We deeply appreciate our donors, whose foresight and desire to improve the quality of life in our larger community made these awards possible,” said Mary Hines, Parsons Area Community Foundation Board President.

The Parsons Area Community Foundation received over 40 applications for grants this year. After careful review and deliberation by the 13-member board, funding was approved for 34 projects using funds to address a wide range of community needs.

“Thank you to all of our Board members and their families for spending so much time to consider all the grants and what they truly mean to our area,” said Joan Vitt, PACF Director. “The generosity of our donors coupled with the caring diligence of our board members makes the Parsons area unlike any other. I think we all agree there is no place like home, and that together we are stronger.”

The mission of the Parsons Area Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the greater Parsons area by increasing opportunities for charitable giving, connecting donors to community needs, and providing leadership on important community issues, now and for future generations.

Click here for a full list of Grantees


In partnership with the K-State Wildcat Extension District, the Parsons Area Community Foundation is planning a Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Wall Family Center in Parsons. Nancy Daniels, Community Vitality Specialist for K-State Research and Extension, has presented this workshop throughout Kansas and will share her knowledge of funding opportunities and grant writing elements. Another important benefit of this workshop will be to network with others interested in finding grants to share ideas for community projects. For more information and to register, please contact our Extension office by email to toehme@ksu.edu or by calling 620-724-8233. Your $10 registration includes lunch and must be received by May 28.

The Parsons Area Community Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life in local communities. The Foundation holds a variety of funds and invests in our communities through grants, leadership, and special projects. 


Giving Opportunities Through The Parsons Area Community Foundation
There are many ways to give through The Parsons Area Community Foundation. After learning what is important to you, we will help you to put your charitable dollars to work in the most meaningful way. Click here to learn about the many Giving Opportunities through the Parsons Area Community Foundation.

See our Grants In Action
Since the Foundation’s inception in 1995, more than 2 million dollars has been invested in our communities through grants and special projects. Click link to view some of our Grants in Action.

Applying For A Grant Through The Parsons Area Community Foundation
Local community grants are awarded annually. A total of $232,748 was awarded at the 2019 Grant Reception, funding a range of projects benefiting youth to seniors in our geographic area. Learn how your organization can Apply for a Grant.