Apply for a Grant

We want to see your community thrive just as much as you do. And we’re doing everything we can to help.

Aksarben Friends has been awarding community grants throughout the state of Nebraska and western Iowa for over twenty years. Each grant goes to assist communities with their most pressing needs, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of these citizens in the places they live, work, and raise their families. From community centers, emergency medical equipment, to park playgrounds and splash pads, there’s hardly a community throughout the state of Nebraska or western Iowa who hasn’t been touched by the Aksarben Foundation over the years.

Community Grants

Aksarben Community Grants are selected and awarded by the Aksarben Friends and are intended for projects budgeted up to $10,000 in total. The maximum grant awarded $1,000 and all grant awards are contingent upon a matching gift component. While you may submit your application at any point throughout the year, the deadline each year is March 15 and grant recipients are notified by April 1 of the same year in which the awards are sent out. For additional information on the application process, please contact:

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  • 501(c)(3)Organization status.
  • Project responds to emerging community need and builds upon community resources.
  • Requires matching funds.
  • Communities are only eligible for one grant per year.
  • Funds cannot be used for: political campaigns, lobbying efforts, businesses established for profit, annual fund drives, agency deficits or endowments, salary support, overhead or direct support of religious activities. Secular activities provided by religious organizations may be eligible for funding.

  • Must Include:
    1. Brief description of community need being addressed and how requested grant funds will be used
    2. Goals and objectives to address community need
    3. Expected results
    4. How is the applying organization working with others in the community to accomplish this goal?
  • Provide a budget specifying each line item and associated costs and a description of income and expenses related to the project (even if they exceed amount requested).
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