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Spring Grant Recipients Announced

The Grand Island Community Foundation recently awarded $34,700 to 8 area nonprofit organizations during its spring grant cycle. 

Grant funds are made possible through both named funds established by area donors who wish to support community causes and projects. The Foundation has also established additional grant making funds to support the areas of arts and culture, basic needs, children and youth, community enrichment, health, and education.

“We are pleased to provide these grantees with funding for a wide variety of programs and projects that benefit the residents of Grand Island and Hall County. Grants are an investment in our community and GICF is proud to be a partner with the nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life in our county,” said Melissa DeLaet, Chief Executive Officer.

Grants awarded include:

  • Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership – $2,500 to support the Nebraska Homeless Assistance Project.
  • Midland Area Agency on Aging - $5,000 to assist the Hall County Senior Aid Project that helps low income seniors to stay in their homes safely.
  • Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center - $4,000 for the organization’s sexual and physical abuse examination program.
  • Salvation Army - $2,500 to support the Men’s Emergency Shelter.
  • Grand Island Little Theatre - $2,500 for the development of a Travelling Theater Troupe.
  • Community Arts for All - $2,500to support public art in Grand Island by installing sculptures by Jun Kaneko in Railside Plaza.
  • Cairo Community Foundation - $5,700to purchase two new fire suits for the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Hall County Historical Society - $10,000 for the restoration of the Centennial Fountain in Pioneer Park.

The above grants were funded through the following funds held at the GICF: Harold R. Dunlap Fund, Ralph and Patricia Kelly Arts Funds, Gene and Ellinor Reab Fund, Lloyd and Maybelle Wheeler Fund, Roger and Melodee Anderson Fund, Huwaldt Family Trust Fund, Duane D. Curtain Fund, and GICF Grantmaking Funds.

GICF offers two competitive grant cycles per year and the next application deadline is November 1, 2017. For more information on eligibility and the grant application process visit

The Grand Island Community Foundation was established in 1960 with the mission to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Central Nebraska and assist donors in realizing their charitable goals. The Grand Island Community Foundation is located in the Great Western Centre Building at 1811 West 2nd Street, Suite 365, Grand Island, Nebraska. For general information, call 308-381-7767 or visit