The Osborne County Community Foundation awarded $68,005 during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and Osborne County Community Action Fund.

The following organizations received funding:

  • City of Portis, $16,000, for new playground equipment at Portis Community Park.
  • Osborne County Sheriff’s Office, $9,000, to obtain equipment and training that will allow for the forensic examination of cell phones and tablets by local law enforcement agencies.
  • City of Alton/ Alton PRIDE Committee, $5,000, for updates to the Alton Community Room.
  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 109, Natoma, $4,950, to repair and restore the Natoma American Legion Hall.
  • Osborne Rural Fire Dist. #1, $4,850, for a fire truck water tank replacement.
  • City of Natoma, $3,815, to install a new ADA ramp and sidewalks at the park.
  • Osborne County Schools, $3,300, to update the audio system in the gymnasium.
  • Downs Senior Center, $3,000, to replace two existing heating and air conditioning units.
  • Grace Brethern Church – Shine, $3,000, to address the impact of adverse childhood experiences on school-aged children in Osborne, Natoma and Lakeside school districts.
  • Beta Sigma Phi, $2,500, to add street signs with recreational and cultural interests signs on Morgan Ave.
  • Downs Chamber of Commerce, $2,450, to help pay for entertainment at the upcoming annual festival.
  • Osborne Community Foundation, $2,000, to continue with efforts to build a new pool for the City of Osborne.
  • Bull City Roughriders Saddle Club by Bull City Community Foundation, $2,000, to purchase panels to create individual horse pens to safely contain horses overnight and during shows.
  • Osborne Chamber of Commerce, $1,830, to establish a new Osborne County Leadership Program.
  • Osborne Community Foundation, $1,160, to purchase 20 hanging flower baskets for the street lights on Main Street in Osborne.
  • Osborne Public Library, $1,000, to purchase resources for STEAM programming for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Osborne United Christian Church, $900, for improvements to the church’s fellowship area.
  • Outside the Lines Inc, $750, to engage multiple generations in community service, renew existing programs and establish captivating activities.
  • Osborne Chamber of Commerce, $500, to purchase website domains for a county-wide Google calendar, as well as offer educational classes on Google calendars.

The foundation’s next grant cycle will open in September, with applications due November 1, 2018. For more information, visit