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Hruska Memorial Public Library in David City, 399 N. Fifth St, is one of many area libraries that could be eligible for a Nebraska Community Foundation grant.

The Hruska Memorial Public in David City and Rising City Community may be among the many area libraries eligible for some additional funds.

More than $400,000 has been granted in the past seven years to small-town libraries in Nebraska. The program is funded through the Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund, an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation.

The Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund is currently accepting grant applications. Grants will be made to libraries located in communities with a population under 3,000. There are three different areas of support available; each grant requires a one-to-one match in local funding.

Planning for Accreditation Grants

The fund advisory committee encourages all eligible, unaccredited libraries to view the recently updated grant guidelines. A number of additional activities and expenses are now eligible for funding through a “Planning for Accreditation Grant.”

Enhancement Grants

Accredited libraries may apply for program support leading to the creation or improvement of library services and/or outreach. In-kind services or products may fulfill 50 percent of the local match requirement in this area.

Facilities Grants

Accredited libraries may request funding for new facilities or the renovation, restoration or rehabilitation of current libraries. Guidelines for this type of grant have been relaxed to allow libraries to apply for grants in multiple years for a total not to exceed $20,000.

Libraries that previously received facility grants less than $20,000 are allowed to apply for additional funding in this grant area.

There are approximately 100 eligible communities in Nebraska with non-accredited libraries. Libraries working toward accreditation may apply for grants over the course of multiple grant cycles. For instance, Walthill Public Library received two grants in two separate years to help with salary support for the director to spend additional hours working on the accreditation requirements. Once accredited, the library was eligible for larger grants from a variety of sources, including the state of Nebraska.

Grant applications are simple to complete. A short-form proposal is due Oct. 1, 2019, and a full proposal is due in January 2020. Grant seekers may review and download the guidelines and application procedures at www.nebcommfound.org/give/kreutz-bennett-donor-advised-fund.

For more information, contact NCF Community Impact Coordinator Kristine Gale at 402-822-0466 or kgale@nebcommfound.org.

About the Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund

This fund was established as an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation by the late Shirley Kreutz Bennett of Lincoln, a lifelong learner and educator originally from Harvard, Nebraska. Following Ms. Kreutz Bennett’s wishes, a fund advisory committee composed of her nieces and nephews recommends grants each year to libraries in Nebraska communities with fewer than 3,000 people.

About Nebraska Community Foundation

Celebrating its 25th year of strengthening our hometowns, Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.

In the last five years, 41,776 contributions have been made to NCF and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, NCF has reinvested $323 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit NebraskaHometown.org.

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