The South Central Community Foundation handed out over $8,600 in grants for various organizations and to teachers in Pratt County.

Santa Claus came early for several Pratt County organizations, businesses, institutions and teachers this year at the annual South Central Community Foundation grant presentation Nov. 5 at the Pratt Community Center.

Grant monies are available in Barber, Comanche, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Rice, Stafford Counties as well as multi-county grants and $100 teacher grants.

In Pratt County, SCCF presented $8,637 in grants. In the seven counties, SCCF county, multi-county and teacher’s grants totaled $41,379 this year. But more was available, said Bekki Pribil, SCCF executive director.

“This year there were funds left over for a very simple reason,” Pribil said. “People just didn’t apply.”

SCCF gives grant money to non-profit organizations and $100 grants to teachers in the seven counties. Application information is available on the SCCF website www.sccfks.org and goes into detail on everything needed to apply for a grant. It is essential that the instructions are followed to the letter.

Late or incomplete applications are not considered. The next grant application cycle starts June 1, 2019 and closes Aug. 31, 2019.

Two groups determine where the grant money goes. Youth Making A Difference consists of high school students from each of the seven counties. The Pratt representatives are Kailey Hamm, Adison Hampton and Sterling Rector.

An adult group also determines what organizations get grant money. These two groups determine the merits of the applications and money available when awarding grant money.

New software is coming on line early in 2019 for the next grant cycle. The new software will allow for online submissions, updates, notification of grant wards or denials and post grant reports. The new software should shorten the time from submission deadline to awards.

To find out more about SCCF grants and the application process, visit www.sccfks.org or call 620-672-7929.

Pratt County Grants:

Pratt County 4-H Foundation-$500 for supplies and paper goods for food demonstrations.

USD 438-$1,000 Vernier equipment update.

USD 382 Beyond the Bell-$249 Science Technology Engineering Math materials.

Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation-$825 Lighting upgrade.

USD 382-$663 DNA and sickle cell anemia lab materials.

Pratt County Health Department-$1,000 Two automated external defibrillators.

Multi County Grants:

Pilot International Club-$1,000 Sixth Street Park inclusive playground equipment.

DCCCA-$1,000 Recovery Program support.

Arrowhead West- $1,000 Benches for walking trail.

Teachers $100 Grants in Pratt County:

Liberty Middle School and Pratt High School- Supplies for STEAM activities-Michele Hamm.

Pratt High School-Monopoly board game for accounting class-Jennifer Wahrman.

Liberty Middle School-Purchase new music for pep and concert band-Jeff Poort.

Pratt High School-GPS for meteorology class-Heath Sharp.