Norton County Community Foundation Awards $3,100 in February Grant Cycle

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Norton, Kansas, February 2020 — Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) awarded $3,100.00 to Norton County nonprofit organizations and charitable projects in the February grant cycle. These funds were part of the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, which offers financial support to qualifying and deserving projects and programs in Northwest Kansas. Grants supported the following organizations and projects:

  • Norton Regional Health Foundation to purchase adjustable weights for the Stepping On program, which is an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults.
  • Norton County Horse Council to fund improvements to the equine facility at Elmwood Park in Norton. Improvements including building holding/sorting pens and a stripping chute.

“We’re excited to award grants to two outstanding nonprofits in Norton County” said Tara Vance, NCCF Executive Director. “The Stepping On program will benefit Norton County seniors by helping them understand fall risks and ways to mitigate falls. The Norton County Horse Council does an excellent job supporting horsemanship culture in and around Norton County, and keeping the equine facility in good repair is critical to that success. These nonprofits and their respective programs help to raise the quality of life in Norton County, and we’re honored to support their work.”

The guidelines and application for the Hansen Community Grant can be found on NCCF’s website at Applications are due the first day of every month to be considered for that month’s funding. For more information, please contact Tara Vance at 785.874.5106,, or visit the NCCF office at the Heaton Building in Downtown Norton, located at 112 S. Kansas in Norton, Kansas.

About Norton County Community Foundation

The Norton County Community Foundation was established in 1994 for the purpose of supporting local charitable activities in Norton County through endowments made to the foundation. Dedicated to serving today for tomorrow, to make our community a better place in which to live. Connect with the Norton County Community Foundation at

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.