In 2016, Wheatland Electric’s Sharing Success Fund, managed by the Scott Community Foundation, surpassed $42,000 in total funds awarded since its inception in December 2012.
Wheatland Electric and CoBank renewed their Sharing Success program in early summer of 2016 and have since awarded two $1,000 grants. The CITY OF HOLCOMB-HOLCOMB POLICE DEPARTMENT was awarded a $1,000 grant to help purchase and train Kazla, a dual-purpose canine.
Kazla is a 15-month-old German Shepherd from Holland. Kazla is trained in dual patrol (patrol and narcotics) and is currently at the top of his class of 23 total canines for narcotics detection. At the end of November, Kazla will be ready for certification and to start work at the Holcomb Police Department.
“I believe that with the added asset of a canine we would be able to better perform our job as well as stop more narcotics from coming into our community and schools,” said Joshua Tipton, Holcomb Police Department police officer II. “The canine would also add a level of assurance when meeting the requirements of probable cause and reasonable suspicion.”
The SOUTHWEST GRAPPLERS WRESTLING CLUB also received a $1,000 grant to help purchase singlets and warm-up gear for the athletes. The Southwest Grapplers are a USA Wrestling-sanctioned, local non-profit youth wrestling club for ages 5 through 18 located in Garden City. The mission of the club is to introduce youngsters to the sport and provide members with a safe place to have fun while being active and experience competition, both as individuals and as a team.
The Sharing Success program was created through a partnership with one of Wheatland’s partner banks, CoBank and the Scott Community Foundation. CoBank matches contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis, from a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000. Wheatland contributed $5,000 to the Scott Community Foundation for the Sharing Success Fund. CoBank matched the donation made by Wheatland, giving the fund a balance of $10,000 to distribute to local non-profits.
CoBank first launched the Sharing Success program in 2012 in conjunction with the International Year of Cooperatives. Since inception the Sharing Success Fund has awarded 51 grants totaling more than $42,000 to non-profits across Wheatland’s service territory.
“The Sharing Success program has given us the opportunity to increase the power of local giving,” said Bruce Mueller, Wheatland general manager. “It is one more way that Wheatland creates value for its members, by partnering with them to strengthen the communities we serve.”
The partnership with CoBank and the Scott Community Foundation has been tremendous and the main reason why Wheatland has been able to help so many organizations over the past four years. Other organizations and projects that have received funding through the program include, among many
others, schools, hospitals, park projects, libraries and community theaters.
The Scott Community Foundation continues to accept applications on Wheatland’s behalf for the Sharing Success program. Non-profits interested in receiving grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact the Scott Community Foundation at 620-872-3790 for further details.