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Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund Grant

Grants to Nebraska Public Libraries for Accreditation,
Improvements in Programming, and Building Facilities

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Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) - Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund

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Deadline Date:

01/11/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging between $500 to $20,000 to Nebraska public libraries serving small communities for library accreditation, improvements in library services and programs, and building facilities. Short applications determined to be the best matches in each grant area will be asked to complete a full application providing additional information. Three types of grants are available: Planning Grants, Enhancement Grants, and Facilities Grants.

Planning Grants:
Grants for non-accredited public libraries working toward accreditation.
Eligible activities include those which foster community support for basic library accreditation. Activities may include technical support, education, planning, and collaboration. Salary or stipend support for personnel to extend open hours at libraries and/or allow for additional hours of staff time working on accreditation requirements may be considered eligible for funding.

Enhancement Grants:
Grants for accredited public libraries to enhance programs and services.
Eligible activities will enhance or create community education and outreach programs or services. Preference will be given to programs or services that benefit low-income individuals or families, new Americans or underserved populations. Programs or services that promote financial literacy, civic engagement and entrepreneurship will also be considered. Existing or new programs may be considered. Ongoing or routine costs such as utilities and general maintenance are not eligible. Equipment or software purchases/upgrades are eligible only if they serve as a component of a larger programmatic endeavor. Microfilming/digitization project proposals may not be eligible at this time. Call the grants administrator (see contact info) before submitting a digitization proposal.

Facilities Grants:
Grants for accredited public libraries to improve their facilities.
Eligible activities include construction of a new facility or rehabilitation or expansion of an existing facility. Preference will be given to rehabilitation of historic libraries and projects with a long-term sustainability plan.

On-going maintenance costs are NOT eligible. Non-eligible projects may include replacing HVAC systems, gutters, roofing, sidewalks, etc., which should be considered the responsibility of the library’s owner (typically the city, village or township). Funding for these expenses will only be eligible if the costs are part of a much larger construction or renovation project. Interior or exterior renovations or building projects ($10,000+) that improve the library’s capacity and patrons’ experience and/or accessibility will be considered on a case by case basis, and should demonstrate significant support from the community the library serves. Costs that have been previously incurred are NOT eligible for funding.

Applicants must submit one or more photos that illustrate the current condition the proposal seeks to address, or the current facility needing renovation or replacement. Photos may be sent electronically or printed on paper.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173240

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning Grants: $500 - $2,500
Enhancement Grants: $1,000 - $20,000
Facilities Grants: $5,000 - $20,000

Term of Contract:

Planning Grants: Multi-Year grants are possible.
Enhancement Grants: Multi-Year grants are possible.
Facilities Grants: Multi-year grants possible over several cycles; not to exceed a total of $20,000 per applicant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nebraska public libraries located in communities of fewer than 3,000 residents are eligible to apply.

Grants will not be made to form or grow endowments.

Pre-Application Information:

Steps to Apply:

1. Complete the short application. Short applications received on or before October 1, 2018, will be considered for the grant cycle awarded in March 2019. The Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) and/or the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) staff will be in contact you to discuss your application within 30 days of receipt.

2. Short applications determined to be the best matches in each grant area will be asked to complete a full application providing additional information.

3. Complete the full application. Deadline for full applications is 5:00 PM on January 11, 2019.

Match Required:
- Planning Grants: Match required: 1:1 ($1 in other funding to $1 Kreutz Bennett grant. In-kind match not allowed)
- Enhancement Grants: Match required: 1:1 ($1 in other funding to $1 Kreutz Bennett grant. Up to 50% of the match amount may be in-kind)
- Facilities Grants: Match required: 1:1 ($1 other funding: $1 Kreutz Bennett grant; in-kind match not allowed).

Matching contributions must be in place prior to the distribution of a grant from this Fund.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:
Reggi Carlson, Grants Administrator
Phone: (402) 323-7331 or (402) 323-7330

Mail applications to :
Nebraska Community Foundation
Attn: Reggi Carlson
PO Box 83107
Lincoln, NE 68501-3107

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska