CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. — The Crawford County Mental Health Center has been awarded a $300,000 grant for its new Addiction Treatment Center, CCMHC Executive Director Michael Ehling announced at Friday’s county commission meeting.

The grant is coming from the Sunderland Foundation, which was founded in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who was president of the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years, and typically funds construction projects for nonprofits, according to its website.

“They’re a foundation out of Kansas City that basically funds brick and mortar projects including planning, design, construction, et cetera,” Ehling said of the Sunderland Foundation.

In discussing plans for the new Addiction Treatment Center — which is set to be built near the county health department building and Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas’ clinic in Pittsburg, replacing the existing ATC facility in Girard — the architect working on the project estimated last year that it would cost between $2 and $3 million to build.

“So that should help at the future point, you know, where we can get back on track on pursuing that project,” Ehling said of the Sunderland Foundation grant.

Ehling noted that the CCMHC is continuing to pursue additional funding sources to help pay for the cost of constructing the new ATC.