Community foundation awards $6,000 in grants years ago

Hillsboro Community Foundation recently awarded six grants to local and area recipients.

The foundation was created to help provide resources for existing and future charitable needs in Hillsboro and surrounding communities.

The Hillsboro Area Impact Fund was established as a starting point for a non-designated endowment that will enhance the quality of life in the Hillsboro area.

The initial goal of the impact fund was to raise $250,000 in cash and pledges during the 2007 campaign.

The group surpassed its goal with more than $266,000 raised.

Grant applications were accepted from local and area entities. The decision was made by the foundation to award $6,000 to recipients with the plan to increase grants as the endowment increases.

A reception was held Thursday evening and at halftime of the Hillsboro High School boys' basketball game, the grant recipients received their checks.

Following are the 2008 impact fund grant recipients:

— Marion County Emergency Medical Services, $1,000, to update training equipment.

— Hillsboro Public Library, $1,000, audio book inventory.

— Marion County Parents As Teachers, $1,000, certification training program that is required when a new parent educator is hired.

— After School Program, Hillsboro Elementary School, $1,000, financial support for students who need assistance to join community activities.

— Hillsboro Senior Center, $1,500, tools and materials for roof repairs.

— Chess Guild, Hillsboro High School, $500, one non-graduating HHS Chess Guilt team member to attend a chess camp in the summer of 2008 at Karpov International School of Chess at Lindsborg.

Members of the Hillsboro Community Foundation board are Mike Kleiber, Jayson Hanschu, Brad Bartel, Jim Brennan, Delores Dalke, Keith Harder, Jared Jost, Kim Kaufman, and Clark Wiebe.