The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is partnering with the Community Foundation to provide community clean-up grants.
Grant applications accepted August 1-June 1.
Up to $20,000 available for a county wide clean-up day. If applying for an individual community, town, or city clean-up day, grants will be considered at a lesser amount. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
Community Clean-Up Grant Objectives:
- Beautify communities for current residents and to help with recruitment of new residents.
- Eliminate financial barrier to clean-up projects such as land fill fees and equipment rental.
- Promote community pride and encourage volunteerism.
Grants are limited to the following 16 counties: Cloud, Ellis, Ellsworth, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Smith, and Trego.
Grants can be used for:
- tools & equipment
- equipment rental
- dumpster rental
- landfill fees
- other consumable supplies
- refreshments/meals for volunteers
Grants are not intended for the removal of unsafe structures or landscaping projects
Labor for the clean-up events should primarily be provided by volunteers. If necessary, some funds can pay for labor that requires particular skills or certifications.
- Grants will be paid to the county or a sponsoring qualified organization following the event. The sponsoring organization will submit receipts within 10 days of the clean-up event.
- A final report will be submitted that includes:
- Organization or entity that hosted/organized the event
- A brief description of the structure of the event
- After pictures
- Information regarding the projects accomplished
- The number of volunteers that participated
- Suggestions for future clean-up events
- Additional community beautification projects identified
Successful projects may be asked to share their process and success at the 2017 Community Forum sponsored by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.