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Cloud Co. Comm. College Receives $100,000 Grant From Sunderland Foundation

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A new agriculture facility is closer to reality after the Cloud County Community College Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation.

The grant will be used to support the construction of an agriculture facility on the Concordia campus. The facility will help Cloud meet the needs of its growing enrollment in the agriculture program, by providing space for the Precision Ag equipment and livestock. It will also allow for community and business outreach opportunities.

“We are ecstatic to receive this generous contribution from the Sunderland Foundation,” said Cloud County Community College Foundation Director Heather Gennette. “We want this facility to not only benefit Cloud County students, but would also like it be utilized to provide learning and enrichment opportunities for area high schools, youth ag programs, local businesses, and the community. This gift has given us the momentum we need to achieve our goal.”

The Foundation has already secured $30,000 in additional funds to be used for the new building. Gennette said the Foundation will continue to pursue additional grant opportunities, partnerships and fundraising to raise the $200,000 needed for the project.

The Kansas City-based Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945. Since its inception, the Foundation has focused on supporting construction projects and awarding grants to tax-exempt organizations. In 2017, the Foundation awarded more than $25 million to various hospitals, human service nonprofits, higher education, and arts and culture projects.

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