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Community foundation awards grants to nonprofits

Five area nonprofits were recently awarded grants totaling $100,700 during the Fremont Area Community Foundation’s third competitive grant cycle of 2023. Grants were awarded to the following nonprofits and projects:

  • Casa of the Midlands to support best interest advocacy for children under the supervision of the court system,
  • Dodge County Sports Complex to support efforts to create a facility for competitive youth sports,
  • Fremont Family Coalition for its Inclusive Communities initiative,
  • Fremont Family YMCA for a new bus to transport youth in childcare, before/after school care, summer fun club and camp,
  • Special Olympics Nebraska to provide official competition uniforms for members of the Fremont Tennis program.

FACF competitive grants are funded in part by:

  • The Lester Walker Fund, which provides grant funding to 501(c)3 organizations in the Fremont area for civic, cultural, educational, health and welfare purposes, and honors the life and philanthropy of the late Lester A. Walker, former owner and publisher of the Fremont Tribune,
  • The Fremont Forever Fund, the foundation’s unrestricted endowment fund which transcends generations to support the improvement of the quality of life in our community, today and in the future, and
  • Fremont Forever Friends who have created the following unrestricted endowment funds: Tanya and Blake Dillon Family Endowment Fund, RVR Bank Giving Fund, Todd and Shannon Hansen Family Endowment Fund, Libby and John Headid Endowment Fund, Robert and Dian Hillis Endowment Fund, Roger and Pam Pannier Charitable Fund, Peg and Steve Pribnow Family Fund, Neil and Bonnie Schilke Endowment Fund, Wikert Endowment Fund, Tom and Deanna Wolf Endowment Fund.

“The foundation is blessed and grateful to be able to support this array of wonderful projects underway in the Fremont area,” said Melissa Diers, executive director of the Fremont Area Community Foundation. “We couldn’t do it without the support of many in our community who entrust us to carry out their charitable goals.”

Founded in 1980 with a single estate gift, the Fremont Area Community Foundation connects donors, nonprofits and community leaders with the needs of the community, creating positive local impact. Over the life of the foundation so far, more than $38 million has been distributed throughout Fremont and the greater Dodge County area in the form of scholarships and grants in five areas of interest including arts and culture, civic improvement, education, health and recreation, and social services. The foundation currently administers over $32 million in community assets.

The next deadline for competitive grant applications is October 2. For more information or an application, visit or call 402-721-4252.