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APPLY NOW FOR STEP GRANTS

The STEP Foundation seeks grant applications twice yearly – with applications due by January 15 and July 15.  Grants are made for charitable purposes that will enhance and improve the quality of life for the residents of Nemaha County in the following areas:

  • Cultural
  • Health
  • Educational
  • Economic
  • Recreational

Projects may include seed grants to initiate new programs or projects, challenge or matching grants, or other projects where a moderate amount of funding can affect a significant result.

Applications are reviewed by the STEP Board of Directors, which is comprised of members of the community.  The STEP Board of Directors makes final decisions regarding grants.   It is strongly suggested that the individual or individuals applying for a STEP grant be a member/members of the STEP Foundation. The dollars available each year for grant opportunities are determined by the income earned from the investment of the STEP General Endowment Fund.

Scroll down to see a list of past grants awarded.

In addition to grants from the General Endowment Fund, STEP administers several donor-advised funds. These funds make grants for specific causes, as defined by the donor. Two examples are the Nate and Bernardine E. Rettele Advisory Fund, designed for recreation and beautification of the immediate Seneca area, and the Leonard Ronnebaum Advisory Fund, available for projects in Seneca and the surrounding communities.  For more information on these funds, please contact the STEP Foundation.

To Apply: Download an application here. All applications are due by July 15.

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2018 Grant ad

 

2018 Grant ad

Our grant program is intended to be a means by which nonprofit organizations may secure financial assistance for programs and/or projects which will enhance the quality of life for all residents of the Nemaha County area.

What follows is an attempt to provide you – the grant seeker – with both a general description of the grant program and answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning grant requests.  It also explains our policies, priorities, limitations, deadlines and other things you will need to know about the way we work and the factors that influence our decisions.  We urge you to read all of the following information before preparing an application for a grant.

We can offer no prescription that will ensure your success in obtaining a grant.  Ultimately, each proposal is evaluated on its potential value to the community at a particular time in history – and on the imagination, resourcefulness, and credibility of those submitting it.  No ready formulas apply to the evaluation of ideas of people.

Nevertheless, by suggesting a general format for your proposal, and by asking you to ask yourself some hard questions about your project, we believe the information contained in this folder may be of service.

The sources of our funds are the gifts and bequests from individuals, families, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations.  These donors deserve your appreciation as you request, and possibly receive, funds for your project.

 WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT FROM THE FOUNDATION?

Typically, a community foundation serves the people of a certain geographic area.  This means that only projects or programs in the Nemaha County area are considered for support, unless in an unusual case where a donor has directed his/her support to assist an agency in another area.  Our grants support non-profit organizations.  We do not make grants to individuals.


Big Brothers / Big Sisters - 2013 Grant Recipient

WHAT HAPPENS TO A GRANT PROPOSAL AT THE FOUNDATION?

The grant process at the Foundation works on a semi-annual basis.  At all times, however, we strive to keep our process clear and simple.  No grant proposals are considered without an application.

When your completed application is received, it is reviewed by the Grant making Committee.  This committee is comprised of individuals from Nemaha County.  These individuals evaluate each grant proposal and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.  It is customary to request your attendance at the grant making committee meeting where your request will be considered.  The STEP Foundation Board, in turn, awards available funds to those projects which show the highest qualitative value and the greatest cost effectiveness to the people of the region.  The size and number of grant awards are directly related to the amount of money available each year.  You will receive written communication of the Board’s decision regarding your application.

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES FOR SUBMITTING A GRANT APPLICATION?

Deadline dates for submitting the application are January 15 and July 15.  Normally, notification as to the determination of your request will be sent by the 3rd Wednesday of March or the 3rd Wednesday of September.

2018 Grant Recipients
Amount

Apostolic Christian Nursing Home (New Wheelchair Van and Therapeutic Dolls and Pets)

$12,000.00

Centralia Community Library (Remodel)

$8,182.00

City of Corning (Walking Trail and Soccer Goals)

$10,000.00

City of Seneca (Fountain)

$25,000.00

City of Seneca (Rec Dept.)

$8,000.00

City of Wetmore (Playground Equipment)

$6,300.00

Community Healthcare System (AED)

$2,500.00

Meals on Wheels Nemaha County (Kitchen cabinets and equipment)

$15,000.00

Nemaha Central Ag Ed & FFA (Greenhouse with classroom, curriculum, materials and supplies)

$20,000.00

Nemaha County Historical Society (Temple of Honor Military Museum renovations)

$6,979.00

Nemaha County Museum Consortium (Brochures)

$850.00

Nemaha County Training Center (Hillcrest Home) $8.000.00
Nemaha Valley Community Hospital (Portable Ultrasound Machine) $10,000.00
Seneca Community TV (Video editing equipment and software, computer, etc.) $5,020.00
Sons of American Legion (Electrical wiring upgrades) $10,000.00


2017 Grant Recipients
Amount

Centralia PRIDE Association

$6,000.00

Eastridge Nursing Facility

$1,150.00

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital

$10,350.00

 

2016 Grant Recipients
Amount

The Main Event

$4,200.00

Sabetha Community Preschool

$4,500.00

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital

$20,000.00

Spring Creek Golf Course (L. Ronnebaum Fund)

$20,000.00

Spring Creek Golf Course (Rettele Fund)

$8,000.00

Nemaha County Historical Society
Sheriff’s Facility

$12,500.00

Pony Express Preservation Society

$1,900.00

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2015 Grant Recipients
Amount
Albany Historical Society $4,000.00
City of Centralia Park Project (spring and fall) $9,000.00
Nemaha County Historical Society $9,000.00
Nemaha County Training Center, Inc. $15,000.00
Spring Creek Golf Course $10,000.00

 

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2014 Grant Recipients
Amount
Nemaha County Historical Society $2,000.00
Sabetha Event Center $5,000.00
Baileyville-Sacred Heart Park Project $13,500.00
Seneca Community Television $4,600.00
Sabetha Community Hospital $4,600.00

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2013 Grant Recipients
Amount
Nemaha County Relay for Life $1,000.00
Seneca Free Library $4,000.00

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2012 Grant Recipients
Amount
Nemaha County Relay for Life $1,000.00
Centralia Junior Boosters $2,000.00
American Legion Fankhauser Post #326 $600.00
Nemaha County Historical Society $1,000.00
Nemaha County Christmas Bureau $2,000.00
Mary Cotton Public Library $1,200.00
Kelly Ball Field $15,000.00

Relay for Life

2011 Grant Recipients
Amount
Bern Community Support Foundation “Margie’s Nest” $4,000.00
Nemaha County United 4 Youth $2,500.00
Seneca Fire Department $10,000.00
Seneca Youth Football League $ 2,875.00
Wetmore Community Track $3,000.00


2010 Grant Recipients
Amount
Veteran's Memorial Park $1,000.00
Nemaha County Pheasants Forever $4,000.00
Community Animal Protection Society $500.00
City of Seneca (Recreation Department) $4,300.00
American Legion Riders Post #21 $2,000.00
Nemaha County Medical Fund $500.00
Spring Creek Golf Course $2,500.00
Sts. Peter and Paul Landscape and Nature Playground $2,500.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters Nemaha/Brown $2,500.00
City of Centralia Parks $3,000.00
Sabetha Fifth Grade Classes of 2008 & 2009 $2,500.00


2009 Grant Recipients
Amount
Seneca Softball Association $4,000.00
Mary Cotton Library $2,000.00
City of Seneca Park $3,300.00
Nemaha Basketball Association $1,000.00
Albany Historical Society $2,500.00

Corning City Park

2008 Grant Recipients
Amount
City of Corning Community Center $5,000.00
Seneca Free Library $4,550.00
S.K.I.P. $2,000.00
City of Bern (Park Improvement) $2,000.00
Corning City Library $2,500.00


2007 Grant Recipients
Amount
Sabetha Skate Park $3,000.00
Bern Community Support Foundation (track) $4,000.00
Nemaha County CARES $2,500.00
Seneca Boy Scout Troop 71 $500.00
Baileyville Fund: Baileyville Youth Football $1,500.00


2006 Grant Recipients
Amount
Corning Soccer Association $2,300.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters (NVHS) $2,200.00
Centralia Community Library $1,500.00
Goff Pride (library) $1,300.00
Sabetha Playground Partners (6th St. Park) $1,500.00

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2005 Grant Recipients
Amount
Big Brothers Big Sisters (Bern) $2,645.00
Seneca Gun Club $4,000.00
Midland Hospice $630.00
Sabetha Youth Football $900.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters (Centralia) $2,000.00
Nemaha County Historical Society $1,000.00

Moving wall

2004 Grant Recipients
Amount
Mary Cotton Library $2,500.00
Corning Recreation Association $2,700.00
City of Oneida $1,750.00
Seneca Youth Football $879.00

Glacial Hills Resource Conservation & Development Region Inc. for Marion Township Hall

$2,000.00
Sabetha Playground Partners (Library Park) $5,000.00


2003 Grant Recipients
Amount
Seneca Free Library $905.70
Nemaha County Christmas Bureau $975.00
Nemaha County Training Center $1,000.00
Albany Historical Society $3,025.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters (office furniture) $935.00
Assisted with a grant for Nemaha Valley Community Hospital for a pediatric cart.  (Funding  came from Topeka Community Foundation.)
 


2002 Grant Recipients
Amount
Seneca Free Library $1,100.00
Kelly Youth Rally $1,250.00
Centralia Junior Booster Club $7,750.00

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2001 Grant Recipients
Amount
Seneca Free Library $442.25
Seneca Chamber of Commerce $7,500.00
St. Benedict Ball Association $4,500.00
Baileyville Fund: St. Benedict Ball Association $1,000.00
Nemaha County Medical Grant (2 grants) $2,000.00
Assisted the Centralia Ambulance Service in obtaining funds from the Topeka Community Foundation for a new defibrillator $14,500.00

ball field

2000 Grant Recipients
Amount
Nemaha County Training Center $3,500.00
Centralia Ball Association  $ 2,390.00
Seneca Fire Department  $10,000.00 

Centralia ball field

1999 Grant Recipients
Amount
NE Kansas AIDS Task Force $600.00
Goff Senior Citizens $750.00
Baileyville Sacred Heart Ball field Project $7,000.00
Baileyville Fund: St. Benedict Baseball Association $1,250.00
Nemaha County Medical Fund (2 grants) $1,500.00
Donor Advised: Baileyville Sacred Heart Ball field Project $2,000.00


1998 Grant Recipients
Amount
NE Kansas AIDS Task Force $350.00
Easter Cantata $475.00


1997 Grant Recipients
Amount
 Centralia Boy Scouts $250.00
NE Kansas AIDS Task Force $700.00
Nemaha County Extension Service & Conservation District $500.00


1996 Grant Recipients
Amount
Seneca Boy Scouts $200.00
Nemaha County DOVES $350.00
Nemaha County Medical Fund $500.00


1995 Grant Recipient
Amount
Nemaha County Medical Fund $500.00