OMAHA, Neb. – Six community organizations have received funding from the 2014 Ak-Sar-Ben Friends Community Grant Program. Afton was awarded $5,000 for its Splash Pad project.
The matching-funds grants are open to community projects of any non-profit organization that strive to improve their community. This year’s recipients were selected based on their demonstration of emerging community need and the proposed implementation of the project.
The city of Afton determined a need for water-based recreation but the cost to build and maintain a swimming pool or aquatic center for a small town was not feasible. This opportunity provides an affordable alternative to allow children to enjoy the summer.
Ak-Sar-Ben Friends is a membership-based organization established to work with and support the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation. They support $5,000 annually in community grants that are available to community-based 501(c)(3) organizations throughout Nebraska and western Iowa striving to improve their communities. The organization’s governing board must approve all applications.
In addition, applicants must provide matching funds to support the project and priority will be given to those projects that respond to a demonstrated or emerging community need; support effective, proven or promising solutions; and build upon and maximize other community resources.