Legacy Fund Distributes Roughly $54,000 Over Past Three Years, Greenwood Cemetery And Troop #174 Boy Scouts Benefit In 2021

WAYNE – As the Wayne Area Legacy Fund moves into their third year, applications are now being accepted by the end of January.

During the first year, the group gave $6,000 into the community followed by another $8,000. So far in three years, including matching funds received, the Wayne Area Legacy Fund has distributed around $54,000 back into the Wayne community.

Wayne Area Legacy Fund Chair Bill Dickey talked about two of the non-profits who were the 2021 grant recipients along with a recent project by Wayne FFA.

“This last year, we gave some money on a grant to the Greenwood Cemetery, we’ve done the boy scouts,” said Dickey. “We did a project with the FFA on their Beef Project.”

Along with Wayne Boy Scout Troop #174 receiving $2,000 in December for the recycle bin project, Wayne Pizza Hut Manager Jon Lierman presented a check to the scouts in the amount of $683.45 from sales and tips on November 21.

The Wayne Area Legacy Fund also distributed $2,000 to the Greenwood Cemetery for facility improvements in June.

Also, another $10,000 of funds will be available for 2022 to be invested back into Wayne and the surrounding areas which was this past year’s earnings from the endowment. These funds came from the generosity and commitment of individuals and organizations in the Wayne Area.

Funds have been awarded back to the community for two grant cycles.

The fund is taking commitments through 2022, with an annual goal to earn $150,000 by June 30.

Dickey added the Wayne Area Legacy Fund will go back to work this spring raising funds for the endowment.

“That way next year instead of providing $10,000 back to the company, hopefully it will be $12,000 or $14,000,” Dickey added. “And we’ll continue to put money back into several projects in the community.”

A requirement for a group or organization to be eligible to receive these funds includes a 501(C)(3) or be part of a city or governmental office. For the last year and half, the Wayne Area Legacy Fund has given about $30,000 to the Kids Club afterschool program receiving a matching grant.

To apply, find the complete application form at nebcommfound.org/give/wayne-area-legacy-fund.  For those who prefer a paper application they may be picked up at State Nebraska Bank & Trust or F&M Bank. Each request will be reviewed by the Wayne Area Legacy Fund committee and distributed accordingly.

Again, applications will be accepted through January, 31, 2022.

“At the February, our monthly February meeting, we’ll be reviewing all the applications and making the decision,” Dickey mentioned. “We’ll be releasing information in spring.”

Like Wayne Area Legacy Fund on Facebook, call 402-375-1733 or email Bill Dickey at bill.dickey67@gmail.com for more information.