Grants to be available for NE 150th events

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GERING, Neb. - (KNEP) Groups and organizations seeking funding to help with events related to the Nebraska’s 150th anniversary celebration can now turn to the Sesquicentennial Commission.

The organization Monday announcing that grant applications for programs related to the 2017 celebration will be accepted starting June 15th. To date, $18,800 in proceeds from the sale of sesquicentennial license plates is available for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Events that have been approved as part of the 150th anniversary are eligible, whether an annual or one-time celebration. "These applications may come from not for profit organizations, or for profit organizations,” says Mike Smith, NE State Historical Society Director, “They may come from they may come from communities, units of government, local committees, schools, institutions of higher education, and even individuals.”

The sesquicentennial license plates that help fund the grants will be available for purchase through the year 2022 at a cost of $70. The grant process is non-competitive, will be considered in the order received and will be judged on whether events in the application fit into the theme of the anniversary.

Official projects/events will, among other attributes:
• Bridge Nebraskans across different communities, perspectives, and cultures
• Build a connection with every citizen to the Nebraska 150 celebration and the state
• Instill in every Nebraskan a greater sense of pride in our state
• Encourage connection to Nebraska’s history and heritage
• Celebrate Nebraska's cultural and ethnic diversity
• Foster a spirit of community involvement and enrichment
• Create an engaging educational opportunity

Official projects/events will be publicized via the Nebraska 150 Celebration’s website and social media sites. They will also be granted use of the official Nebraska 150 Celebration logo to use for promotional purposes.