The Lexington Community Foundation exists to encourage and strengthen philanthropy in order to provide a permanent source of funding for opportunities to improve the quality of life, strengthen the sense of community, benefit future generations in Lexington, Nebraska.
Grant Awards Provide Support
This is a listing of the grants awarded by the Foundation in 2015. The Foundation awards grants throughout the year from its unrestricted funds. Unrestricted funds are those gifts and donations given to the Foundation for use at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Recipients are selected by the Foundation’s Grants Committee with approval of the Executive Committee and often the full Board of Directors.
2015 GRANTS AWARDED
A grant was given to benefit Morton Elementary School’s request for ukuleles, a Pershing Elementary School request for the purchase of a xylophone and a Plum Creek Players request of $400 to cover the cost of the accompanist from the Missoula Children’s Theater production in Lexington February, 2015.
Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Immunization Clinic was awarded a grant in the amount of $3,600. The immunization clinics provide vaccines for all ages. In 2014 Lexington served 1,403 children and 497 adults.
Each spring, numerous volunteers & supporters come together to put on the annual Key Dinner and Auction. The resulting grants back to the community have had an immediate and visible impact in this community. In 2015 the Majestic Theater Project received a distribution from Key proceeds.
A support grant was awarded so the Ronald McDonald Mobile Dental Unit could visit Lexington in 2015 to provide free dental care to children who would otherwise not receive any.
Autism Action Partnership “Circle of Friends” Social Skills Program was awarded a grant in the amount of $2,000. Grant funding will support CoF in Lexington Middle School and Lexington High School. Currently in these schools, 12 students with autism, 39 student peers and 12 school professionals.
The Backpacks program began as a LCF initiative in partnership with Morton Elementary in 2010 to provide food for hungry children. In 2015 $2,500 was awarded for the program during the 2015-2016 school year.
A grant was awarded to help with the cost to install a new heat pump.
This LPS/LCF initiative is designed to keep high school students involved, develop responsibility and encourage academic achievement. In 2015 – 16 prepaid visa cards and 11 lap tops were distributed to LHS High school seniors.
Distribution of pass through donations, match grant and bonus grant funds to 78 organizations that received donations during the one day giving event in 2015.
L2 for Kids provides new clothes for kids to return to school. 202 kids received new clothes the beginning of the 2015 school year from the program. An award was approved in the amount of $2,940 to provide new clothes for 38 additional children.
A grant was awarded to help in the construction of a 27,000 square foot multi-purpose, turf-surfaced recreational facility. The Lexington Fielhouse is intended to provide opportunities for all ages to participate in general outdoor activities year-round in a weather-friendly environment.
Grant funding was given to support after prom activities for Lexington High School.
Match grant funding is combined with Library Memorial funds to continue to provide a variety of programs at the Lexington Public Library.
A grant was awarded to help offset the costs of having the Missoula Children’s Theater present Rapunzel in February of 2015 in Lexington. 50-60 children participated in the production.
In August the Somali Community Center requested help in obtaining a weight scale and blood pressure machine. A large number of people in their community are being diagnosed with Diabetes and they are working on education for their community. The purchase of a weight scale and blood pressure machine was approved from the Good Samaritan Fund.
A match grant was approved to help pay for a sprinkler system to be installed at Centennial Park under the water tower.
Board of Director Match Grants
The following funds received
match grants as directed by LCF Board of Directors in 2015.
Central Nebraska Human Trafficking & Immigration Outreach
Dawson County 4-H
Dawson County 4-H Cafe
Dawson County Hero Flight
Dawson County Historical Society & Museum
Dawson County Parent Child Protective Services
Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles
Johnson Lake Art & Wine Festival
Johnson Lake EMS
Johnson Lake Fireworks
Johnson Lake State Recreation Fund
Johnson Lake Trails
L2 for Kids – Clothes for Youth
Lexington Athletic Booster Club
Lexington Baseball Association
Lexington Majestic Theatre Project
Lexington Regional Health Center Charitable Fund
Lexington Tennis Dome
Lexington Volunteer Fire Department
Minuteman Fine Arts Association (MFAA)
Nebraska LEAD Program
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
Operation Santa Claus
Orthman Community YMCA
Paw Prints in Dawson County
Relay for Life of Dawson County
TeamMates of Lexington
Wounded Veteran’s Project