Sandhills Area Foundation guardian of gifts, memorials and other contributions, established in Valentine, Nebraska Heart of the Sandhills
 

Sandhills Area Foundation Community Grants/Foundations


Sandhills Area Foundation


    
The Sandhills Area Foundation was established as a public charity in 1998. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for all people in the Sandhills area through the use of contributed funds entrusted to its stewardship. Since its inception, over $40,150 have been granted back to the community and surrounding area. A total of $134,750 have been awarded in scholarships.
     The Sandhills Area Foundation awards grants in support of public and private services. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for community projects that will enhance the long-term success and quality of life in the community.
     The Foundation seeks applications that address strategic community development efforts which lead to population growth, job creation, wealth creation and retention, and increased leadership capacity. These efforts may include support for local entrepreneurs who are starting, growing or transitioning businesses; strategies to involve youth and attract young families; programs to develop and strengthen local leadership; building community capacity including workforce development, and educational efforts to create an awareness of the need for additional contributions to the Sandhills Area Foundation.
    
Applicants must describe the present and future effects of the project for which they are seeking funds. No grants are made to individuals; however scholarship support can be made to educational institutions in support of traditional and non-traditional students. The Sandhills Area Foundation awards $5,000 in grants each year.
     Applications may be submitted any time during the year. If you know of a qualifying project that needs help, have the project leader submit a request to the Foundation.

2015

SAF and community donates to Vets Club
G.R.I.T. receives grant from SAF 

2012


SAF donates to Valentine Players

Valentine Rural Fire Protection District receives grant from Conner family through SAF

Building Leaders

SAF makes a grant to Mid-Plains Community College

SAF supports Valentine High School Band

SAF donates to Cherry County Ambulance Service

AF provides grant for Nursing Assistant Class

2011

SAF provides grant for VPD Drug Dog
SAF provides grant for Nursing Assistant Class

2010


SAF awards cash grant to Sparks Old Settlers Reunion 

Western Edge receives grant from SAF

2009

 
Sparks Cemetery Association receives grant

Valentine Senior Center receives Grant

2008


 
Dreams become reality with SAF

Grant purchases wrestling mat

Badger Boosters' receives grant for marquee

Grant promotes TeamMates Mentoring Program



2007-2004 Past Recipient Archives

2007, 2006, 2005-2004 

Those seeking a grant from the foundation may apply by filling out a grant request.

Grant forms are available online. Please click on the link below and save to your computer. Then open the word document and complete your application, print, sign and return the form to the  foundation.
Grant Application Form  

Forms are also available from any board member or may be picked up at Young's Western Wear.

Written requests can be mailed to:
Sandhills Area Foundation
P.O. Box 444
Valentine, NE 69201 
2015 


SAF and community donates to Vets Club

The Sandhills Area Foundation grants $10,000.00 to Valentine area veterans and the Vets Club. Grant opportunities through the Sandhills Area Foundation (SAF) are made possible by the generous donations of the Cherry County Community. If you have questions about the Sandhills Area Foundation please visit their website at sandhillsareafoundation.com.
Meanwhile, KVSH held a telethon to help with the roofing project. They said: The community stepped up to help out the Valentine area veterans and the Vets Club by pledging funds for a much needed new roof at their building on Main Street. 
The various veterans organizations have been raising funds for several months and a $10,000 grant from the Sandhills Area Foundation had the roof fund sitting at about $15,000. Half of what was needed to eliminate the leaking roof and prevent flooding.
KVSH Radio hosted a fund raising telethon, Friday, May 13, 2016, and pledges came in at about $15,000. The Hanzlicek Family pledged a matching $5,000, to bring the total to a whopping $20,000 plus. Any funds not used for the $30,000 roof project will go to replacing a 50 year old furnace. A huge appreciation to the community for their tremendous support of our local veterans.

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G.R.I.T. receives grant from Sandhills Area Foundation 

Duke Waln of Cody-Kilgore Unified Schools applied for a grant through Sandhills Area Foundation for G.R.I.T.; Growing, Revitalizing, Investing, and Teamwork. 
They will purchase Small Fry rims, and acquire adjustable backboards for Cody-Kilgore youth basketball. With no other funding for this $3,474 project, the Sandhills Area Foundation granted them $2,000 for the project. 
Coach Waln said, “The Small Fry rims will allow a continuation of an after-school program that builds character and a team work attitude. Our communities benefit from the Small Fry program by allowing a positive environment between volunteers from the communities and our youth.” 
Volunteers will oversee the program, store the adjustable backboards, and will raise civic awareness, health and educational levels through competition. 
Youth aged six through 11 form a connection in each others lives. Coach Waln said, “The project will be measured by seeing the improved fundamentals of our youth when they enter the middle school grades.” 
The additional funds they need to complete the project will come from fund raisers such as a community picnic.

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2012 


Sandhills Area Foundation donates to Valentine Players

Over 120 people attended the Sandhills Area Foundation Annual Scholarship Dinner held at the Curtis Hoover Event Center on August 6th, with 41 scholarship recipients receiving $37,500.00 presented by Mary Young, Treasurer and Marian Davenport, President. Recipients spoke of their educational goals and guest speakers were Karen Keller and Titus Utecht. This annual event recognizes area Non-Traditional, College and High School SAF recipients.

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Valentine Rural Fire Protection District receives grant from Conner family through SAF

     The Conner Family, including: Gary Conner, Diana Ostrander, and Keith Conner, dba Penbrook Partnership,recently made a donation to the Sandhills Area Foundation to provide a grant to the Valentine
Rural Fire Protection District.
     Gary, Diana and Keith, all realize what an important service this is. The Conner place along the Niobrara River, south of Sparks, NE, was threatened by the Fairfield Creek Fire. If it had not been for the firefighters the property certainly would have been at a very high risk for loss.
     The Conner place was homesteaded in 1886 and has been in the family ever since. The Conner family appreciates the Sandhills Area Foundation for making it possible to make a 501-(c)3 tax-deductible donation directly to the Rural Fire Protection District from Penbrook Partnership.

Pictured are from L to R: Gary Conner, Keith Conner, Gary Weaver, representing the Valentine Rural Fire Protection District; Sandhills Area Foundation Director and Grants Chairman Dave Major, Sandhills Area Foundation Treasurer Mary Young, and Diana Ostrander.

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Building Leaders

Pictured are from L to R: Sue Pearman, UNL Extension Educator focused in 4-H and Youth Development; Dave Major, SAF Director; Mary Young, SAF Treasurer; Marian Davenport, SAF
President.


Who will take over the leadership roles in your rural area? We need commissioners, school board members, and teamwork in fire and emergency services in our towns. A need for rural youth to expand their leadership skills resulted in the formation of Sandhills Area Foundation 16 years ago by UNL Extension and area schools.
Small rural communities need youth to return and have the skills to fill leadership voids in our communities. The goals for Sandhills Area Foundation are to: 1) increase leadership skills, knowledge, and abilities of youth, 2) gain knowledge of community and government functions, 3) strengthen relationships within and between communities, 4) focus on the future of family, economics, and community stability in the Sandhills, 5) motivate and encourage participants to assume leadership roles in their communities, and 6) support and encourage the development of entrepreneurial skills. In 2012-2013, over 35 students from Cody-Kilgore, Dunning, Thedford, Mullen, and Hyannis are participating in Sandhills Area Foundation. This year’s students Haley Schneider, Kylee Stoner, Tessa Gale, Jae Lynn Logterman, Katie Compton, and Gillian Cheney represented Cody-Kilgore. Participants are usually sophomores or higher in high school that are committed to be involved in the community, concerned with community issues, and have a desire for personal growth. Guidance counselors and teachers at the Building Leaders schools nominate the students to participate. The sessions of Sandhills Leadership are hosted by a different school. Sessions include activities that develop leadership, hands-on team building activities, panels of local leaders, and tours of local businesses. Students also build entrepreneurship skills, as they create a business they can run from their hometown or on the Web.
The sessions run from October to May. At Cody-Kilgore in October, the students hosted the group at Nenzel Community Building, then toured the new grocery store in Cody and George Paul Vinegar. Sandhills Leadership is a youth development program led by UNL Extension Educators, Bethany Johnston and Sue Pearman, from the Central Sandhills Area Extension in partnership with the five Sandhills area schools. To keep the cost free or minimal to the students, area grants are applied for. Sandhills Leadership has received grants from the Sandhills Area Community Foundation, Mullen Turner Youth Foundation, Thedford Community Foundation, Hyannis Area Community Foundation, and GSL Excellence Fund. Sandhills Leadership will continue to build leaders, thanks to the generous support of these organizations.

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SAF makes a grant to Mid-Plains Community College

     The Board of The Sandhills Area Foundation recently made a grant to Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) to assist in purchasing and developing distance learning equipment at the Valentine Extended Campus.
     These funds will be used by the college to aid in the purchase of equipment that will enable instructors in the Valentine area to originate classes at the Valentine Campus and send them over a distance learning system to other MPCC campuses and students.
     The benefit of this type of equipment is that it will create an opportunity for other communities to join in on the array of classes offered in Valentine. To date, technology has only allowed the Valentine Campus to receive classes from other MPCC sites.
     The grant from The Sandhills Area Foundation will aid MPCC in their goal of providing quality distance education opportunities to Valentine and the surrounding area.

Pictured are from L to R: SAF Director Susan Beel, SAF Director/Secretary Lisa Mathis, Campus Coordinator Wendy Murphy, SAF Director Sharon Bryant, SAF Director/Treasurer Mary Young, SAF Director/Grants Chairman Dave Major, Administrative Assistant Cheryl Sims, SAF Director Monty Neiffer.

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Sandhills Area Foundation supports Valentine
High School Band


     Valentine High School purchased new band uniforms for the 2011-2012 school year. These new uniforms replace the 17-year-old marching uniforms. The new uniforms are machine washable! The new uniforms were purchased from FJM uniform company. The Valentine High School and Middle School students did several fund raisers and concession stands as well as received numerous donations from the community.
     Mrs. Russell is very appreciative of Sandhills Area Foundation for their donation! She’s also appreciative to everyone who helped raise money for the new uniforms and all those who gave donations and added, “The new uniforms are beautiful!”

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Sandhills Area Foundation donates to Cherry
County Ambulance Service


     The Board of Directors of The Sandhills Area Foundation granted the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance Service (CCHAS) $800.00 to purchase a 12-Lead Defibrillator ECG Simulator Trainer.
     This simulator will be an integral part of the continual training and competency testing and preparedness of the CCHAS personnel. The new 12- Lead Defibrillator ECG Simulator Training machine that was purchased by the hospital requires specific knowledge and competency to operate the
machine along with specialized training on how to place the electrode leads and then read the outgoing data accurately. To do this, the squad needs to have an electronic trainer that can simulate real-world, in-field cardiac emergencies that personnel can practice with.
     The benefits of using a training simulator are that personnel will become more comfortable with the equipment in the field and will be able to provide the highest standard of patient care during a cardiac emergency.
    The Sandhills Area Foundation recognizes that the community is in need of fast and accurate medical care during cardiac emergencies. This simulator provides quick review capabilities that will be utilized for quality assurance and trainings. 
Community members will benefit from the advanced patient care and abilities of the emergency personnel on scene.
     The CCHAS is a volunteer emergency medical service that serves the entire Cherry County area. The CCHAS is always seeking individuals interested in becoming EMTs or Ambulance Drivers that want to give back to their community and assist in providing high quality emergency care to its residents and visitors.
     People interested in becoming part of the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance Service should contact a squad member or the Cherry County Hospital at 402-376-2525.

Pictured are from L to R: SAF Director Susan Beel; SAF Director-Secretary Lisa Mathis; SAF Director Sharon Bryant; EMT-1 Gary Jackson; EMT-Secretary, Wendy Murphy; EMT-Driver Zach Dean; EMT Jocille Brinda; SAF Director-Treasurer Mary Young; SAF Director-Grants Chairman
Dave Major; EMT Kim Shaul; SAF Director Ralph Eatinger.

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2011 


Sandhills Area Foundation provides grant for VPD Drug Dog


  
     Valentine Police Department for Drug Dog $500; Sandhills Youth Leadership/Educational Camp $250; Valentine Youth Activities/Disc Golf Course $1000; Boys Scouts Camp $300.

Millard grateful for scholarship


  
     I am a thankful recipient of the Sandhills Area Foundation Scholarship. I received $1,000 from the foundation, which helped me pay for my first year of tuition at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I am still at UNL, majoring in Elementary Education.
Sincerely,
Sam Millard

2010


SAF awards cash grant to Sparks Old Settlers Reunion




Pictured making the check presentation are (l-r) Gerald Grooms, Mary Young, Dave major, Casey Foster, and Monty Neiffer.
Sandhills Area Foundation recently awarded a cash grant to the Sparks Old Settlers Reunion to assist with their efforts to repair storm damage from earlier this year. 


Western Edge receives grant from SAF



The Sandhills Area Foundation presented the Western Edge Wrestling Club with a grant award of $1,000. Pictured are several of the club members including Arch Ferguson, far left, and Danny O’Kief who is receiving the check from Sandhills Area Foundation member, Marian Davenport. 
If you have any questions about the Sandhills Area Foundation, grant opportunities, scholarships or membership, please view the information above or contact us at the address provided.

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2009

Sparks Cemetery Association receives grant. 

The Sandhills Area Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Sparks Cemetery Association to assist with the restoration of their cemetery. Pictured receiving the grant are: L to R George Grooms, Sylvia Grooms, Betty Copeland, Sheila McLeod, Hazel Brown, Arvella Foster, Dave Major, Beatrice Foster, Mary Young, and Gerald Keech.
 

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Valentine Senior Center receives grant. 



The Sandhills Area Foundation today awarded a grant for $2,500 to the Valentine Senior Center, to assist in the purchase of new copy equipment. The Senior Center publishes and mails over 500 newsletters monthly, to both inform the public, and as a fundraiser. 

Pictured are the Center’s Board of directors, and members of the Foundation, with Suzy Beel, Foundation president presenting the check to Center manager Ellen Froning.

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2008

Grant promotes TeamMates Mentoring Program

Pictured above: Mike Burge, Monty Neiffer, Jeff Sayer, Mary Young, Suzy Beel, Bonnie Rothleutner, Jamie Isom, Marian Davenport.
     TeamMates Coordinator, Jeff Sayer accepts a check from Sandhills Area Foundation Treasurer, Mary Young to assist the TeamMates Mentoring Program with their funding. “The mission of the Valentine TeamMates program is to form a partnership with the schools and community members to create relationships with children so he/she may reach his/her maximum potential. Reinforcement of a sense of values and instilling the knowledge and skills needed for our youth to be responsible, caring, and productive citizens. The Valentine Community Schools along with community members is seeking to start a TeamMates chapter.” Advisory Board Members are Jeff Sayer, Teammates Coordinator, Mike Burge, Valentine Youth Planning Commission, Susan Beel, Community Member and Sandhills Area Foundation President, Bonnie Rothleutner, Middle School Counselor, Monty Neiffer, President, Wells Fargo Bank, and Jamie Isom, Superintendent of Valentine Community Schools.
     This grant is funded through the generous donation of Frank and Shirley Sibert, through the Sandhills Area Foundation.

Badger Boosters receives grant for marquee

     Pictured below: Monty Neiffer, Evan Osnes, Marian Davenport, Mary Young, Annie Osnes, Suzy Beel, Donna Billings.
    
Sandhills Area Foundation Treasurer, Mary Young presented a check to Annie Osnes, President of the Badger Boosters to apply toward the purchase of the Badger Booster marquee that will be placed at the entrance of the Valentine High School for the purpose of publicizing events. These monies will assist the Boosters in reaching their $25,000 goal. This grant is made available through the generous gift from Frank and Shirley Sibert. Those interested in projects for the community may apply by downloading an application from the Foundation’s Web site or by picking up an application from any board member.

Grant purchases wrestling mat
by Katie Young

 
    The Sandhills Area Foundation awarded its first grant of 2008 to the Valentine Jr. Wrestling Club. One thousand dollars was given by the Foundation toward the purchase of a new wrestling mat for the club. The mat was purchased for $6,950.00 with the assistance of the grant, fundraising efforts, donations and from the proceeds of the wrestling tournament held in Valentine.
     The Foundation has a budget of $5,000.00 per year available for grants thanks to the donation of Frank and Shirley Sibert. 


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