KEARNEY, Neb. – The following is from the Kearney Area Community Foundation:
“Arthur E. Klinkacek wanted to give back to his community and he did just that with a gift of more than $2 million to the Kearney Area Community Foundation (KACF) from his estate.
In honor of Arthur Klinkacek’s wishes to help communities and youth in the Kearney area for years to come, the Foundation created two charitable funds. One designated to scholarships for area youth, and the other for community enrichment purposes in the Kearney area.
In 2019, the Arthur E. Klinkacek Promise Scholarship Fund was launched and has awarded $80,000 in scholarships in two short years.
Beginning in 2020, the Arthur Klinkacek Community Enrichment Fund will award grants to local organizations for programs and projects that will enrich the lives and communities for those in Buffalo County.
“The Klinkacek Community Enrichment Fund is endowed so it will give back to our community for years to come,” said Judi Sickler, President/CEO of KACF. “What an amazing and generous way for someone to leave a legacy that will continually make an impact on local lives.”
Since these grants may be larger and more competitive, there will be a pre-application form and review process. Once the pre-application is approved, nonprofits will be given access to an online grant application, unique to the Arthur Klinkacek Community Enrichment Fund.
This online portal will allow committee members to score each application in a safe and secure way, helping us do our part in social distancing while still providing for those local nonprofits working hard in our community.
Pre-application forms will be available July 21.
Please visit www.kearneyfoundation.org/klinkacek for the grant pre-application form, as well as grant program and guidelines.
If you or someone you know is interested in benefiting our community through a bequest or will, please contact Judi Sickler at firstname.lastname@example.org.”