Victory Electric’s enters their tenth year of the CoBank Sharing Success grant program, which is awarded and open to local nonprofit organizations across Southwest Kansas.
This grant is aimed at supporting local communities and people and is made possible by Victory Electric’s governing board of trustees and national nonprofit cooperative bank, CoBank.
CBank is a national nonprofit cooperative bank owned by the rural American cooperatives it services.
“Rural communities and cooperatives like Victory Electric are lucky to have the generous support of CoBank and we are thankful for the contributions enabling us to help make our communities a better place to live and work,” said Jerri Whitley, Victory Electric vice president of communications. “In the last nine years, Victory Electric has awarded $105k in Sharing Success grants to nonprofit organizations in our service area.”
CoBank’s $4 million Sharing Success fund matches charitable contributions made by its cooperative members to local nonprofits in their individual communities.
The matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country and CoBank states by collaborating with their customers to support worthy causes they care about is a great way for them to make a positive difference and fulfill their services to rural America.
Since its inception in 2012, the program has generated more than $56 million in total charitable donations, primarily in rural areas across the country.
Past grant recipients include:
The Bucklin Library in 2012 to help fund the construction of its new library building.
Mission of Mercy in Dodge City was awarded the grant funding in 2013 for its free dental clinic.
The Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma applied the grant toward the “Suits in Space” Smithsonian exhibit in 2014.
The Manna House, was awarded the grant in 2015 to repair and improve their facilities.
The Depot Theater in Dodge City upgraded its theater sound system in 2016.
The Ford Country Historical Society made repairs in 2017 to preserve the history in the Home of Stone – Mueller Schmidt House.
The Ford County Sheriff’s Office received funding for security upgrades in 2018.
The Ingalls Recreation Commission funded repairs and upgrades to the Ingalls community swimming pool in 2019.
Salvation Army and New Chance in Dodge City each received $10,000 in 2020 for a new headquarters capital campaign and computer system upgrades, respectively.
“Thanks to the generosity of Victory Electric’s board of trustees and CoBank, the Sharing Success Grant enables us to give back to the communities we serve,” said Shane Laws, CEO of Victory Electric. “We urge all eligible nonprofits to take advantage of Sharing Success and together we can make a meaningful impact in rural Kansas.”
To apply for or for more information about the Sharing Success Grant, go to www.victoryelectric.net/cobank-sharing-success-grant.