The Grand Island Community Foundation’s next grant proposal deadline is 4 p.m. May 1.
The foundation provides grants to the community through named funds and designated grant-making funds established to support community organizations and projects.
Funds have been established by the foundation to provide grant support in the areas of the arts and culture, basic needs, children and youth, community enrichment, health and education. Last year, the foundation granted more than $970,000 to organizations in Central Nebraska. To apply, go online to www.gicf.org and click on the grants tab.
“Grand Island is a thriving and vibrant community because of families who establish legacy funds, some over 15 years ago, that continue to give grants today,” said Tammy Morris, chief executive officer of the Grand Island Community Foundation.
Grants are partially funded by the Roger and Melodee Anderson Fund, Huwaldt Family Trust, Ralph and Patricia Kelly Fund, Gene and Ellinor Reab Charitable Trust, Lloyd and Maybelle Wheeler Charitable Fund and the Bill and Marcia Lawton Designated Fund.
Larry Huwaldt spoke about why the Huwaldt fund is so important to his family.
“The city of Grand Island has been very good to the Huwaldt family. My grandfather, Edward Huwaldt, came to Grand Island in the 1940s. My father, Lawrence, spent most of his life here. We established this fund at the Grand Island Community Foundation to try, in a small way, to assist organizations that provide support to those in need,” Huwaldt said.
The Community Foundation also has a grant-making fund designated specifically for the Cairo area. The Harold R. Dunlap Fund, established in 1997, has a specific grant application that can also be found under the grants tab on www.gicf.org.
The foundation holds 165 named funds that award grants and scholarships and allow donors to advise the foundation on charitable causes that interest them.
“Grants are one of the many ways we reach out to community organizations and projects each year. It is touching to hear the stories of how our grants impact the community each year,” said Morris, who gave a couple of examples of grant projects.
The Grand Island Community Foundation granted $5,000 in 2014 to St. Francis Community Services in Nebraska. With the support of the foundation, SFCS was able to open 10 new foster homes in Hall County, well exceeding its goal of three to four new homes.
“The impact upon local children is immeasurable, as they will not have to be uprooted from their schools and community,” grant writer Jennie Humann said. “The children will have a greater chance at successful reintegration with their biological families and not lose the social and emotional ties with their families and hometown.”
The foundation also granted $500 to the Junior Achievement District of Grand Island last year to provide educational materials for kindergarten through fifth-grade Grand Island students who participated in the Junior Achievement classroom activities during the 2014-15 school year. Junior Achievement was able to reach 38 classrooms and more than 700 students.
“Because of the Grand Island Community Foundation’s generous support of Junior Achievement, we’ve been able to provide the services and materials that made this learning possible,” said Melissa Griffith, district manager for Grand Island.