Monday, March 26, 2018

Grant Recipients Announced from Fillmore County Foundation


The Fillmore County Foundation board met on March 6, 2018 in Milligan at Charlie’s Pub.  Eleven Board members were present.

Committee meetings began at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the Board of Directors annual meeting.  The Publicity Committee, Fine Arts Committee, Grants Committee, and Scholarship Committee all gave reports of activities since the last meeting in September.  Abigail Sanders Elwong was elected to the Board of Directors.     

There were 14 grant requests and the following organizations received grants this spring:  Fillmore County CASA, Congregational United Church of Christ for restoration of a historic pipe organ, Shickley Sons of the American Legion, Milligan’s Veterans Green Space, Strang CIP, Milligan Bloodmobile, Fillmore County Development Corporation,  Geneva Arts Council, Fillmore County Museum, Exeter-Milligan Post Prom Committee, Fillmore Central Post Prom Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Fillmore County Coalition.

Grants were also awarded through the Earl and Jesse Wilkins funds to the Congregational United Church of Christ for restoration of their historic pipe organ and the Fillmore County public libraries for digitalization of newspapers.  Both of those grants require matching funds.  The committee generally supported funding projects to assist with housing in Fillmore County, Nebraska when further details are known. 

The Fillmore County Foundation acts as a pass through for specific causes or fundraisers, thereby making donations to those projects tax deductible.  The Foundation has served in this capacity numerous times.   When the Foundation accepts earmarked funds or acts as a pass through a minimum project size is required.

Currently the Fillmore County Foundation board consists of 28 Fillmore County residents selected from throughout the County. Scott Oliva is the current President of the Fillmore County Foundation.

The Fillmore County Foundation was founded in June of 1983 and since its inception it has been dedicated to the future and honoring the pioneer spirit by encouraging social, cultural and educational progress in Fillmore County.  During the 35 years of the Foundation nearly $2 million has gone back to the Fillmore County citizens in the form of community projects and scholarships.

Awards are granted in March and September of each year.  Individuals interested in applying for assistance for projects or with questions about the grant program may contact Scott Oliva at 402-629-4446.  Applications are available approximately one month prior to each meeting.  The next application period will be during the month of August 2018 for consideration at the September 11th, 2018 meeting. 

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