In 2021, the George G. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation committed $126,800 to eight organizations across Hill County. Grants were awarded to a variety of social and public services, as well as youth and civic organizations, for projects consistent with the Foundation’s mission to enrich the lives of Hill County citizens. Grant amounts ranged from $5,000 to $45,000. Recipients and purposes of the 2021 grants are provided below.
Hillsboro Cub Scout Pack 860
Hillsboro Cub Scout Pack 860 received funding for a new air conditioning system for the Scout Hut. The Scout Hut has been the center of many annual activities that benefit Hillsboro and surrounding communities, such as the Food for Families drive, appreciation luncheon for Veterans, and Christmas for Kids toy and gift collection.
Hillsboro Lion’s Club
The Smith Foundation awarded the Hillsboro Lions Club funding (through the Hillsboro Foundation) for all-access playground equipment to Hillsboro City Park. The playground equipment, as part of the Lions Club’s centennial project, will provide enjoyment of children across Hillsboro and Hill County, including those with special needs.
Hubbard Wheatley Recreation Center
The Hubbard Wheatley Recreation Center received a Smith Foundation grant to make floor repairs to the center and purchase a new freezer. The Wheatley Center has a long history of providing recreational and educational activities for children and, thus, serves a vital part of the Hubbard community.
Lake Whitney Arts Association
New air conditioners funded by the Smith Foundation to Lake Whitney Arts Association will do much to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of patrons, actors, and volunteers at the theater in coming years. As the only community theater in Hill County, the Lake Whitney Theater offers local residents an opportunity to express their artistic talent as part of productions and provides an easily accessible location for patrons to experience live theater.
Texas Through Time
Texas Through Time received a grant from the Smith Foundation for restroom and hand-washing stations to accommodate guests to monthly outdoor dinosaur-themed movie nights, as well as its monthly “Rock Around the Block” rock and mineral sale during the summer. These stations help reduce the inconvenience of seeking restroom facilities elsewhere, thereby making guests comfortable while they enjoy these special events.
Wild Wonders Summer Camp through Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce
Smith Foundation funding to Wild Wonders Summer Camp through Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce provided an opportunity for Hill County kids to experience science, biology, and life skill lessons in a fun outdoor setting. The camp draws children between 3rd and 6th grades from school districts across Hill County and offers exciting demonstrations and hands-on learning activities taught by guest speakers, volunteers, and local State Park staff.
Information about the foundation is available on this website or from:
The George G. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation | P. O. Box 1245 | Hillsboro, TX 76645