Wheatland Electric and CoBank recently renewed their Sharing Success program, bringing their combined total donations to $60,000. Since the fund’s inception in 2012, Wheatland and CoBank have each donated $30,000 to the program. Since renewing the fund in May, four $1,000 grants have been awarded.
The HAMILTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL ORGANIZATION recently received a $1,000 grant for their ongoing renovation and restoration of the local Veterans Memorial building. The building was constructed in 1949 as a joint venture between the local VFW and American Legion Posts. Used regularly throughout the years, the building served as a popular place to hold family gatherings, dances, community events and veterans’ activities. Lack of funding and regular maintenance in recent years left the building in a severe state of disrepair. In January 2015, local veterans, with the support of the local community, undertook the task of raising funds to restore the building.
The restoration project received a $1,000 grant from the Sharing Success fund in 2015 as part of their initial fundraising efforts. To date, more than $168,000 has been raised along with another $5,000 in donated materials. The project is nearing completion with the remaining repairs being focused on final restoration of the building’s kitchen.
Another recent recipient of a Sharing Success grant was the CITY OF CALDWELL. The city recently began the process of raising funds for a splash pad project adjacent to the city swimming pool at the city park. Projected costs for construction of the splash pad are $90,000. The city plans for the new splash pad to be a free summer entertainment option for its citizens.
THE KANSAS CHILDREN’S SERVICE LEAGUE (KCSL) was also the recipient of a $1,000 Sharing Success grant in June. KCSL is a not-for-profit organization that serves nearly 600 children and families within southwest Kansas. KCSL applied for the funds to assist with the cost of installing rubber matting to their playground in Garden City. The matting represented a significant upgrade and added long-term potential for cost savings over the traditional material of pea gravel that they had been using.
One other recent recipient of Sharing Success funds was the MELVIN O. KUDER SENIOR CENTER in Tribune. The center received a $1,000 grant to assist with the cost of building a community garden. Initial plans call for the construction of six raised beds with another three in the works, pending additional funding. The center plans to allow community members to bring as many plants as they want and will have additional plants available for purchase that they plan to start from donated seeds.
The Sharing Success program was created in 2012 through a partnership with one of Wheatland’s partner banks, CoBank and the Scott Community Foundation. CoBank’s Sharing Success program matches contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis, from a minimum of$1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000. That first year, Wheatland contributed $5,000 to the Scott Community Foundation to create the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund. CoBank matched the donation made by Wheatland, giving the fund a balance of $10,000 to distribute to local non-profits. Each year since, Wheatland and CoBank have continued to donate $5,000 each to the program. Since inception, the fund has awarded 57 grants totaling more than $48,000 to non-profits across Wheatland’s service territory in Kansas.
"The Sharing Success program continues to be one of our most valuable tools for giving back to the communties we serve," said Bruce Mueller, Wheatland general manager. "We are thankful to CoBank and the Scott Community Foundation for their partnership on this great program. Over the last five years we’ve made a huge impact in our communities, together helping more than 40 separate organizations achieve their mission."
Other organizations and projects that have received funding through the program include, among many others, schools, hospitals, park projects, libraries and community theaters.
The Scott Community Foundation continues to accept applications on Wheatland’s behalf for the Sharing Success program. Nonprofits interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact the Scott Community Foundation at 620-872-3790 for further details.