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  • USD 272, $4,450 to replace outdated sewing machines in the FACS classroom at Lakeside Jr./Sr.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