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.

Sandhills Area Foundation Grant Application

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  

E-Mail Completed Forms to

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

               Valentine Rotary Club

The Valentine Rotary Club hosted a Fish ‘n Chips for Scholarships fundraiser on Friday, March 23, Bolo Beer Company. A freewill donation was accepted for the food and Bolo Beer donated $1 from each beverage sold.

The funds raised were made available for academic scholarships for high school seniors to continue their education, scholarships for student to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp and scholarships for other Rotary youth programs and, service projects. The Sandhills Area Foundation match for the first $1,000 raised was used for academic scholarships.

               Frederick Peak Golf Course

Frederick Peak Golf Course just opened this spring and needed additional funding to help with the cost of cement to complete the area around the clubhouse. SAF received their written grant application, reviewed the application, and awarded them with $10,000 to help with their expense.

Sandhills Area Foundation is able to award grants and scholarships through the contributions of generous donors and proceeds from their Annual Foundation Dinner. SAF would like the community to mark their calendars for November 4, 2017 for “Tailgating for the Sandhills Area Foundation.” Watch the paper and website for more information on the Annual Foundation Dinner.

If you would like more information on donating to the Sandhills Area Foundation please contact Duane Kime or any board member.

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