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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 Foundation community grants fall into two different categories depending upon project budget. Aksarben Friends Grants are intended for projects budgeted up to $10,000 in total. The maximum grant awarded in this category is $1,000 and all grant awards are contingent upon a matching gift component. Councillor Grants are intended for projects $10,000 and above. The maximum grant in this category is $10,000 and also have a matching gift requirement.

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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.

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