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The president of the Gage County Foundation, John Dando, has announced that the Foundation is determining which organizations and individuals will be receiving financial grants from the Foundation for 2018.

Last year, the Board funded grants totaling more than $30,000, in addition to other designated gifts and several scholarships awarded to area youth. The Foundation also facilitated the distribution of grants from other foundations for several area organizations.

Since its inception in 1981, the Foundation has funded grants totaling more than $662,000, which went to worthwhile projects in Gage County.

Persons or organizations interested in requesting funds from the Foundation may pick up an application by contacting legal counsel, Stephanie Clark at 1025 N. Sixth Street, Suite 2, Beatrice, NE 68310, or by contacting any one of the directors. Completed applications must be returned to legal counsel no later than Feb. 23, 2018 in order to receive consideration for grants in 2018.

The Foundation is also in the process of finishing its membership drive, which has raised more than $10,000 to date. Contributions to the Foundation may be tax deductible. The goal of the Foundation is to coordinate the various sources of support available in Gage County in an effort to make these funds available for worthwhile causes. The Foundation employs no full-time staff, and the directors serve the Foundation on a volunteer basis.

If you have any questions regarding the grants, or if you wish to become a member, feel free to contact any of the following directors: John Dando, Margaret Michaelis, Bill Cook Jr., Marilyn McMahon, Beverly Acton, Robert Tiemann, Roger Harris, Larry Keslar, Brandon Vetrovsky, Dr. Ken Pinkerton, Jim Stanosheck, Don Vetrovsky, Jim "J.T." Thornburg, Terry Doyle or legal counsel, Stephanie Clark.

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