Greater Grand Island Community Foundation gives grants to numerous local non profits

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 9:21 PM CDT
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It's that time of year again for the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation to hand out their spring grants. They do it twice each year and this time gave away more than $40,000 to several non profits in the area.

The Salvation Army was just one of the recipients this year and they're now calling the $10,000 a blessing.

"These agencies have chosen us to help and all of it's been a real blessing," Lieutenant Liza Ayala told Local4 News. "Whenever we start to see shelves getting low or our funds going down, someone else chooses us and blesses us with those donations so we can continue to do what we do."

The Salvation Army has seen their supply run low often recently as COVID-19 hit Grand Island residents hard for months.

"It's been two almost three months now that we're doing this and still going strong and the people are still coming in," Ayala said. "We've had a lot of new families, large families and I don't know where they're coming from."

They're not the only non profit who's seen an increase in need and the foundation grants are meant to help with that. A few of the other organizations to receive grants include Hope Harbor, Goodwill Industries, Lutheran Family Services and the Grand Island Little Theatre.

"COVID has put a little bit of a damper on things for all of us early this 2020," Melissa DeLaet, Director of the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation, said. "Those organization are resilient, but they still need that support. They need to know the people who are out there that care about them are still out there and still willing to give."

COVID-19 has made the need from non profits a little greater, but giving back isn't something new for GGICF.

"Last year we granted out over $3.1 million back into the local area so I feel like it's just been business as usual," DeLaet said. "We're getting dollars out there to the services that our donors are passionate about."

GGICF gives out two rounds of grants each year. To apply for the next round, organizations can visit

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