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Fort Scott Area Community Foundation is proud to announce that the 2017 Grant Applications will be released on Tuesday, August 1, at which time they will appear on the FSACF website or may be picked up in person at the Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall. Nonprofits such as churches, governmental entities, or organizations with a 501c3 status are encouraged to apply.

FSACF Granting Chairperson Patty LaRoche said, “We are so happy to be able to help fund projects in the Fort Scott area. Last year over $21,000 was distributed between several organizations, and we look forward to providing grants again this year.”

Applications are due by Tuesday, August 29. Acceptance and declination letters will be mailed on Tuesday, October 24. Grants will be awarded at the Foundation’s Chamber Coffee held in the Landmark Bank lobby at Third and Main at 8 A.M. on Thursday, November 2.

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Keep 5 in Bourbon County

By making Keep 5 in Kanas work for Bourbon County, we can turn our hopes for the future into a reality. If everyone designates 5% of their estate to the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation (FSACF), our hometown needs can be met continually. Offering a broad range of fund options, the FSACF accepts a variety of assets. With everyone’s help, we can create a permanent source of funding for local charities. To learn more about the Keep 5 in Kansas campaign in Bourbon County, contact Carla Farmer, FSACF Chairman, click here.

FSACF 2015
Grant Recipients

1. Lowell Milken Center: Beautifying Downtown; Sparking Interest in History through the Windows of Downtown

2. Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Authority: Phase II Riverfront Walking Trail

3. 2nd Story Festival of Arts and Ideas

4. City of Fort Scott: Downtown Pole Banners

5. City of Fort Scott: Main Street City Park

6. First United Methodist Church of Fort Scott: Bourbon County Parish Construction, Destruction and Repair Program

7. Fort Scott National Historic Site: Bring Artist to Youth Summer Workshop

8. Bourbon County CASA of the Sixth Judicial District, Inc.: New Volunteer Training

9. Fort Scott Middle School: School Project Art

FSACF Funds as of 7-27-2015

FSACF Operating: $5,622

FSACF Endowed: $468,075

Total Funds: $2,388,635


Honoring the Past and Impacting the Future

The mission of the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation is to partner with and be a resource to organizations whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the Fort Scott, Kansas area. FSACF strives to create connections between donors and a variety of many worthwhile causes.

New Board Members Recently Elected to FSACF Board

Frank Halsey, president Mid-Continental Restoration - Barbara Albright, H&H Realty
Mike Emmerson, senior vice president of Landmark National Bank

These board members were elected to three year terms. In addition to serving on the board, each has assumed responsibility on a committee with Albright and Halsey serving on the marketing committee and Emmerson on the asset development committee. All three are actively involved in the current campaign "Good Works Forever" to raise matching funds for $75,000 gift by several local philanthropists. If successful, the campaign will raise a $150,000 in new money for the unrestricted endowed fund enabling additional funds for grants on an annual basis.

Fort Scott Area Community Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy

The Fort Scott Area Community Foundation Board members include front row from left: Blake Hudson, David Martin, Barbara Albright, Melissa Wise, Carla Farmer, chairperson, Beth Nuss, and Patty LaRoche. Back row from left: David Shepherd, Frank Halsey, Mike Emerson, Dr. Randy Nichols, Larry Davenport, Dick Hedges, Charles Gentry, Jim Banwart, and Otie Thomas. Not pictured: Stephanie Witt, Janet Ida, Bob Marshall, Richard Goldston, Tim Bloomfield, Bob Larkin, Steve Buerge, Pat Alexander, and Micheal Bryant. Read Press Release Here

FSACF Awards 2014 Grants

FSACF Awards 2014 Grants

On November 13, 2014, at the Chamber Coffee at Landmark National Bank, Fort Scott Area Community Foundation used the interest from unrestricted endowed funds to award 17 grants to community charitable agencies. The total amount granted for 2014 was $23,793.

Photo by Meredith Hill

FSACF Elects New Board Members

FSACF New Board Members - July 2014

At the July 28, 2014 Board meeting, FSACF seated eight new Board members. Pictured above on the front row are Beth Nuss and Melissa Wise. On the back row, are Otie Thomas, Pat Alexander, and Tim Bloomfield. Not present for the picture were Bob Marshall, Micheal Bryant, and Stephanie Witt.

Photo by Clayton Hixon

William F. Lehman American History Scholarship Established

Carolyn Cooper (on the right) had two books published by The Old Fort Genealogy Society. She is shown with Sandra Haimerl and Arnold Schofield behind the grave stone of a Civil War soldier that they spent many hours researching. Due to the generosity of the late Carolyn Cooper, the William F. Lehman American History Scholarship is now available to Bourbon County high school or college students who want to major or minor in American History in college.

Photo provided by Arnold Schofield.

Good Works Forever Campaign Moves Forward

On March 20, 2014, Landmark Bank chairman of the board Pat Alexander presented the lead gift to the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation’s Good Works Forever campaign during the Chamber of Commerce Coffee. The check for $5,000 was accepted by FSACF chairperson Carla Farmer as the first installment of a three-year pledge. Landmark Bank’s gift will be matched dollar for dollar as part of the campaign, resulting in a total of $30,000 be added to the general endowed fund.

Pictured above, from left to right are Dick Hedges, Alexander, Farmer and David Shepherd. (Hedges and Shepherd are members of the FSACF Asset Development Committee.)

Photo by Lauren Stanley

The Fort Scott Area Community Foundation was launched in August 2007 to meet the needs of Fort Scott, Kansas and the surrounding area. FSACF encourages philanthropy and provides benefactors with a variety of giving options.

The Fort Scott Area Community Foundation assists donors in meeting their charitable goals by creating a giving and granting environment that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of the Fort Scott area.