The Central Kansas Community Foundation recently announced the 2017 Central Kansas Community Foundation Kids FUNd grantees — including awards to organizations in Harvey County. The grants are funded from proceeds from the L. Marie Haun Charitable Fund for Children.

Since 2005 the Kids FUNd has supported local projects and programs serving kids. Originally, this fund was supported by the Sand Creek Station Pro/Am Golf Tournament. After 2012 the Pro/Am completed their support of the fund and the Haun Charitable Fund was started as a means of continuing the provision of making grants to kid serving charities. L. Marie Haun left a legacy to support organizations not only in Harvey County, but in any service area of CKCF and their affiliates. The fund is eligible to those who have interest in children’s behavioral research, child welfare, teaching parent skills, and/or strengthening families.   

This year $30,000 was given to 14 organizations providing programs and projects supporting area children and families. Here is the list of the organizations who received funding this year and are doing amazing work within our local communities:



Kansas Children’s Service League- “Period of PURPLE Crying Shaken Baby/Abusive Head”




Kids Need to Eat, Inc. – “Kids Summer LunchBox 2018”




Mirror, Inc. – “Youth as Resources/Empowered Youth Creating Positive Change”




Harvey County DV/SA Task Force, Inc. – “Building Better Lives for Youth”




USD 440 Halstead/Bentley School District – “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library”




EmberHope, Inc. – “Building Trauma Informed Care Capacity”




Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation – “Sunshine Children’s Home”




Communities in Schools of Mid-America – “CIS Program at El Dorado Middle School”




Kansas Learning Center for Health – “Kids FUNd Corner”




Peace Connections – “Harvey County Circle of Hope – Youth Development”




USD 402 Augusta Public School District – “Ewalt Elementary Social/Emotional Learning Information and Support”




Augusta First United Methodist Church for Special Families – “Lending Library Program”




Community Playschool, Inc. – “Learning About Emotions Curriculum”



“I know that Marie would be so happy to see all the wonderful projects she has supported with the legacy she left”, stated Wynona Haun, Newton, sister in law to the late L. Marie Haun.  Wynona has served on the grants review committee the past four years.  “This year there was a total of 31 applications and it is hard to determine what projects/programs to support because they are all worthy causes to support.”

Grant awards were recognized during a July 27 ceremony at the Old Mill Plaza in Newton.