Foundation grants

Pictured  are representatives from organizations receiving grants from the Blair Area Community Foundation. Front row, from left: Sandy Grove, Alternative Growers Group; Kathy Katt, Habitat for Humanity; Esther Gunderson, Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging; Julie Ashton, Fort Atkinson; Carrie Halford, Fort Calhoun Park Board.  Back row: Jim Peterson, Alternative Growers Group; David Ladwig, Blair Little League; Jim Sides, Rex Pfeil, Blair Community Schools; Mike Tederman, Blair Youth Softball; Sandra Ellis, Blair Family YMCA; Jody Koziol and Chris Buckingham,The Bridge (formerly the Crisis Center); Joe Leonard, Blair Soccer Association.


The Blair Area Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $45,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations representing Blair and surrounding Washington County. BACF received grant requests from 25 organizations for total requests of $ 45,000 and were faced with some tough decisions.

While all of the requests were for worthwhile projects, the grant committee ultimately selected those that would have the greatest impact on the community.

This year’s grant recipients are:

• Alternative Growers Group, $1,000 for one-day conference in Fort Calhoun

• Blair Community Schools, $8,000 for continued iPad implementation in grades 4 and 5

• Blair Family YMCA, $3,000 for lighting retrofit project in aquatic center and fitness center

• Blair Little League, $2,500 for assistance with scoreboards for three fields

• Blair Public Library, $1,450 for AmpliVox IPOD portable PA system

• Blair Soccer Association, $2,000 for concession/bath/storage facility

• Blair Youth Softball Association, $5,000 for dual lane batting cage and pitching bull pen

• The Bridge, formerly the Crisis Center for Domestic Abuse, $2,000, for file cabinet and education materials

• Fort Calhoun Park Board, $2,232.95 to replace four-seat see saw at Pioneer Park

• Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, $2,852 for site equipment and meal costs for new program

• Fort Atkinson Foundation, $3,000 or expenses for school day tour for 4th grade students

• Habitat for Humanity, $3,500 for vinyl siding at 1665 Nebraska

• Village of Herman, $4,000 to replace buildings on seven-acre park

• Joseph’s Coat, $2,976.75 for hydraulic lift gate and roll up cover for pickup

• MCH Auxiliary Closet, $1,500 for new face on building – gutters, signs, etc.

The Blair Area Community Foundation can receive grants, tax-deductible contributions and other gifts to support the current and long-term betterment of Blair and the surrounding area.

The BACF is a tool for individuals and companies who wish to support a wide range of community needs and, at the same time, receive the maximum tax advantages.

Major donors for this year’s community grants were the Washington County Bank VISA card program and the Cargill Community Enrichment Program.

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