The Osborne County Community Foundation awarded $48,705 during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Osborne County Community Action Fund.
The following organizations received funding:
- Beta Sigma Phi, $7,846 to update wayfinding and recreational and cultural interest signs in Downs.
- Osborne Community Foundation, $6,500 for a pressure washer in the Osborne Emergency Services Facility.
- USD 272, $4,450 to replace outdated sewing machines in the FACS classroom at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School.
- Osborne Community Foundation, $3,700 for flowers for hanging baskets, planters and new benches for Main Street in Osborne.
- Natoma Community Library, $3,414 for an outdoor dropbox for library books.
- Grace Brethern Church – Shine, $3,000 for additional trauma-specific education for administrators and educators in the Lakeside, Natoma and Osborne school districts.
- USD 272, $2,936 for updates to the Lakeside High School Greenhouse.
- Bringing It Home to OZ, Inc., $2,700 to bring the FLIGHT SQUAD exhibition basketball team for a K-12 anti-bullying assembly.
- Mt. Ayr Friends Church, $2,500 for exterior siding, trim and window updates.
- City of Downs, $2,500 for marketing and entertainment for the 140th Downs Celebration.
- Alton American Legion Post 87, $1,842 for a bathroom remodel and exterior painting.
- City of Natoma, $1,637 for the installation of traffic cameras to protect residents.
- USD 272, $1,300 for technology updates to the Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School Library.
- Downs Senior Center, $1,000 for a stove replacement, proofer installation and floor repair.
- Osborne Area Chamber of Commerce, $1,000 for Kids Zone activities and inflatables at the 2019 Oz Street Fest.
- Downs Community Garden, $1,000 to develop a children’s area at the garden and educational and community outreach programming.
- Outside the Lines Inc., $750 for 5th Quarters, hosted to engage students in teambuilding games and fellowship following all Friday night home football games.
- USD 392, $630 for Camp Read-a-Lot, a summer literacy program for youth.
The foundation’s next grant cycle will open in September, with applications due November 1, 2019. For more information, visit http://www.osborneccf.org/search-apply-for-a-grant/.