Grants for Small-Town Nebraska Libraries — the Kreutz Bennett Donor Advised Fund

Grants of up to $20,000 are again available to Nebraska public libraries in towns with populations of fewer than 3,000. Shirley Kreutz Bennett left a legacy in her estate that allows the Nebraska Community Foundation to make these funds available each year. There are three types of grants:

  • Planning Grants from $500 to $2500 per year to help unaccredited public libraries earn public library accreditation. A 1 to 1 match is required.
  • Enhancement Grants from $2500 to $20,000 per year to enhance library programs and services. A 1 to 1 match is required.
  • Facilities Grants from $5000 to $20,000 per year to improve library facilities (new construction, renovation, or expansion). A 3 to 1 match is required.

If interested, be aware that the application due date to apply is October 1, 2012. A short application which is quite simple to complete must be submitted by that date for your library to be considered for the 2013 grants. If you are not quite sure about some of the details of your project, at least fill out the short application so that you have the opportunity to complete the more detailed application later.

For more information contact Ms. Reggi Carlson, Nebraska Community Foundation Communications Director, (402) 323-7331, or

To see more details about these grants, go here.

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