Grants

OTCF has awarded nearly 7 million dollars in grants to projects in our Valley from various funds, donations and memberships. As a community foundation, we hold multiple funds with specified purposes. Some of those funds are focused on a priority area as defined by a donor,

other are in response to community needs, and others are for individual scholarships.

Apply for a Grant Here!

BASIC ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR GRANT REQUESTS 

Applicants must be a public, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, OR working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent who can receive funds on your behalf.

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation does not make grants in support of individuals, for political campaigns or lobbying efforts, for new small businesses established for personal gain or profit, to support annual fund drives, capital campaigns, to fund an agency’s deficit or endowment, or for the direct support of religious activities. Secular activities provided by religious organizations may be eligible for grant funds.

PLEASE NOTE: 8 copies of the Grant Application (one of which is the master copy, including required documents -see grant information for more detail) and 1 DIGITAL COPY email to us at info@otcf.org are required for each grant submitted. Please see additional instructions on the Grant Cover Sheet.

Grant Deadlines:     February 1         June 1        October 1

2020

Total Grants to date for 2020: $ 44,820.44
  • Bridgeport Library - $2,500

  • Bridgeport / City of (Tennis Court Project) - $2,500

  • Community Christian (Drinking Fountain) - $1,000

  • Old West Balloon Fest - $6,000

  • Regional West Foundation - $30,000

  • Scotts Bluff Celtic Gathering - $2,000

  • Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center - Meals on Wheels program (new coolers) $820.44

Grant to the Carpenter Center for New Bleachers!
Grant for New Playground Equipment at 
Mitchell Elementary
WNCC Foundation

WNCC Foundation

Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy

Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy

Downtown Scottsbluff

Downtown Scottsbluff

Violin Sprouts

Violin Sprouts

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Old West Balloon Fest

Old West Balloon Fest

Geil Playground

Geil Playground

Morrill Playground

Morrill Playground

Bluffs Middle School Chromebooks

Bluffs Middle School Chromebooks

Common Grounds Dog Park

Common Grounds Dog Park

Fortis Boy Choir

Fortis Boy Choir

Violin Sprouts

Violin Sprouts

Camp Scott

Camp Scott

Camp Clark

Camp Clark

CLP Wells Completion 2017(1)

CLP Wells Completion 2017(1)

Midwest Theater

Midwest Theater

Theatre West

Theatre West

Morrill Playground

Morrill Playground

Geil Playground

Geil Playground

Riverside Discovery Center

Riverside Discovery Center

Guadalupe Center

Guadalupe Center

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Western Nebraska Arts Center

Western Nebraska Arts Center

The Splash

The Splash

Old West Balloon Fest

Old West Balloon Fest

Midwest Theater

Midwest Theater

2019

Total Grants to date for 2019: $ 81,950.00

  • The Carpenter Center $5,000

  • Old West Balloon Fest $7,500

  • West Nebraska Arts Center $1,150

  • Summit Christian College $2,000

  • Camp Scott $1,875

  • Leyton Public School Foundation $2,500

  • Japanese hall $5,000

  • Community Ever Green House $3,500

  • NE State Historical Society / Chimney Rock $25,000

  • Midwest Theater $2,500

  • MLH Nonprofit Development Co. $2,500

  • Bayard School Foundation $5,000

  • Ancova Empowerment Project $2,500

  • West NE Art Center $4,000

  • Theatre West $3,000

  • Gering Jr. High School $1,800

  • Cooperative Ministries (Cat Pack/Pup Pack program) $5,000

2018

Total Grants for 2018: $543,884.00
  • Carpenter Center $5,000

  • Old West Balloon Fest $7,000

  • Regional West Medical Center $2,500

  • Violin Sprouts $3,000

  • City of Gering / Park Band Shell $10,000

  • Regional West Foundation $15,000

  • Minatare Public Schools $7,000

  • NE Bicycling Alliance $7,000

  • Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center $400

  • WNCC Foundation $20,000 

  • Special Olympics $1,200

  • Camp Scott $1,500

  • Theatre West $2,000

  • Playtime Matters / Mitchell Elementary $5,000

  • Haven on the Rock $1,600

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater $2,500

  • City of Kimball $1,500

  • Gering Prep Baseball Club $3,364

  • WyoBraska GIVES - Grants to Community Nonprofits: $477,865* (see complete list on the WyoBraska GIVES page)

2017

Total $138,900

  • Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy $5,000

  • Common Grounds Dog Park / Monument Dog Park $10,000

  • WNCC Foundation $10,000 (10,000 x 5 year pledge)

  • Riverside Discovery Center $10,000

  • Geil Elementary School $2,000

  • Downtown Scottsbluff Assoc. $2,500

  • Kimball Hospital Foundation $1,500

  • Fortis Boy Choir $ 500

  • Morrill Public Schools $3,000

  • Violin Sprouts of Scottsbluff $1,000

  • Theatre West $1,900

  • Old West Balloon Fest $2,500

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater $5,000

  • 23 Club Baseball $40,000 ($10,000 x 4 years)

  • West Nebraska Arts Center $4,000

2016

Total $104,768

  • Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy $5,000

  • WNCC Foundation $10,000

  • Camp Rock (Panhandle Ministries)  $ 500

  • PMHC Fndn./Recovery House $1,500

  • Fortis Boy Choir $ 700

  • WNAC $4,000

  • Twin Cities Baseball $ 5,000

  • Gering High School $2,000

  • Carpenter Center $5,000

  • Old West Balloon Fest $5,000

  • Theatre West $2,088

  • Northfield Elementary Booster Club $2,000

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater $5,000

  • Riverside Discovery Center $10,000

  • Circle the Bluffs Powwow $2,000

  • Friends of the Goodhand $1,500

  • Camp Scott (Panhandle Ministries) $ 1,500

  • West Nebraska Arts Center $1,980

  • OCM/Violin Sprouts of Scottsbluff $5,000

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater $25,000

  • Carpenter Center $10,000

2015

Total $42,212

  • Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy $5,000

  • WNCC Foundation $50,000 $10,000

  • Camp Rock (Panhandle Ministries) $500.00

  • PMHC Fndn./Recovery House $1,500.00

  • Fortis Boy Choir $700.00

  • WNAC $4,000

  • Twin Cities Baseball $5,000

  • Gering High School $2,000

  • Carpenter Center $5,000

  • Old West Balloon Fest $5,000

  • Theatre West $2,088

  • Northfield Elementary Booster Club $2,000

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater $ 5,000

  • Riverside Discovery Center $10,000

  • Circle the Bluffs Powwow $2,000

  • Friends of the Goodhand $1,500

  • Camp Scott (Panhandle Ministries) $1,500

2014

Total: $636,271

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater: $5,000

  • Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy- Build Indoor Riding Arena:  $5,000 (for 4 years)

  • Nebraska Special Olympics: Sponsor Team Member -$1,500

  • Violin Sprouts of Scottsbluff Program: $5,000

  • Summer Program for Handicapped Children: 12 Campers -$1,500

  • Carpenter Center: Outdoor Basketball Court- $2,500

  • West Nebraska Arts Center: Restroom Renovation- $2,613

  • Dalton Senior Center: Building Improvements- $500

  • Herstead Monument: $3,800

  • Regional West Foundation: $5,000

  • WNCC Vocal Music: $5,000

2013

Total: $565,706

  • Theater West – Feather Flags: $896.87

  • Bone Marrow Donor Fund: $500

  • Longfellow School PTO – New Gymnasium Sound System: $2,500

  • City of Scottsbluff /Greener Nebraska Towns *from Seacrest: $5,000

  • Riverside Discovery Center *from Seacrest: $5,000

  • St. Joseph’s Children’s Home – Torrington, WY Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: $2,500

  • Camp Scott – 10 campers: $1,250

  • Lincoln Heights Elementary- Turf Project *from Seacrest: $5,000

  • West Nebraska Arts Center – New Carpet/Paint in Gallery: $5,000

  • Bridgeport Friends of the Library- Renovation:  $2,500

  • Regional West Foundation – Campaign for Continuing Excellence:  $15,000

  • Cirrus House, Inc. – Purchase of Current Building:  $11,900

  • Mitchell United Methodist Church – New Lift and Restroom Renovation: $2,000

2012

Total: $506,660

  • Riverside Discovery Center – Building Fund: $5,000

  • The Nature Conservancy – Restoration Project: $5,000

  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc. – Tottenhoff Property: $5,000

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater – LED Color Marquee: $5,000

  • CAPWN – Youth Shelter: $5,000

  • NPV/Farm & Ranch Museum – Building Fund: $15,000

  • Bone Marrow Donor Fund: $1,000

  • Kimball Hospital Foundation – LifePaks: $2,000

  • The Carpenter Center – Ball Field Lighting: $2,500

  • Nebraska Mission of Mercy – Dental Care: $1,500

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater – Digital System: $5,000

  • Kids First Preschool – Playground Equipment: $2,000

  • Interchurch Ministries of NE – Survivor Families Retreat: $2,329

  • Bayard Public Schools – Track Project: $2,500

2011

Total: $447,831

  • Riverside Discovery Center: $5,000

  • The Nature Conservancy: $5,000

  • Scotts Bluff National Monument – 95th Anniversary: $400

  • SSHS Booster Club – Tennis Court Renovation: $5,000

  • West Nebraska Arts Center – Renovation of Building: $3,660

  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc. – Tottenhoff Property: $5,000

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater – LED Color Marquee: $5,000

2010

Total: $418,771

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater: $4,000

  • Riverside Discovery Center: $5,000

  • The Nature Conservancy: $5,000

  • The Carpenter Center – Football Equipment: $500

  • University of Nebraska Extension Center – Centennial Book: $1,000

  • Theatre West Summer Repertory – Digital Microphones: $3,600

  • Bridges to Learning Program – Computer Lab Equipment: $500

  • CAPstone – Remodel of Building: $5,000

2009

Total $394,171

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater: $4,000

  • Scotts Bluff Public Library: $10,000

  • North Platte Valley Historical Association – Display Cases Wood Collection: $3,500

  • WH Hills Paleontology – Fossil Freeway Trademark Fees: $3,000

  • Field of Dreams – Equipment: $2,500

  • Riverside Zoological Society – Splash Pad: $4,000

  • Oregon Trail Soap Box Derby, Inc. – Renovate Track: $2,000

  • Kiwanis Club – Trails of Fun Playground: $2,000

  • Gering Zion Church/Joyful Noise Daycare – Fire System: $3,500

  • Heartland Expressway – Highway Support: $1,000

  • CAPstone – High Tech Recording Equipment: $4,500

2008

Total: $354,171

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater: $4,000

  • Scotts Bluff Public Library: $10,000

  • Nebraska Mission of Mercy – Dental Care: $3,000

  • Mitchell Elementary School – Sound System: $1,500

  • UNMC College of Nursing – Computer/Projector for Health Presentations: $2,500

  • SOAR & Ft. Robinson Tree Plant – Banners: $430

  • Goshen County Library Foundation – Endowment: $3,000

  • Noah’s Ark Kid Care – Playground Equipment: $1,000

  • Melbeta Park – Playground Surfacing: $5,000

2007

Total: $323,741

  • Wildcat Hills Paleontology – Paintings: $5,000

  • Guadalupe Center – Remodel of Kitchen: $3,000

  • National Park Service/Scotts Bluff National Monument – Henry Jackson Room: $1,000

  • Potter’s Wheel, Inc. – Window Replacement: $2,600

  • Summit Christian College – Building Purchase: $5,000

  • Bayard Chimney Rock Museum – Tourist Sign: $1,000

  • Western Nebraska Veterans Home – Re-seal Pond: $1,500

  • Scotts Bluff Public Library: $10,000

  • Saddle Club – Replace Bleachers: $2,000

  • Friends of the Midwest Theater: $4,000

  • National Park Service/Scotts Bluff National Monument – Historic Postcards: $1,497

2006

Total: $287,144

  • St. Agnes Catholic School – Playground Equipment $2,000

  • Theatre West Summer Repertory: $7,150

  • Scottsbluff-Gering Chamber – Green is Good for Business: $5,000

  • Potter’s Wheel, Inc.: $1,500

  • Friends of Midwest Theater: $4,000

  • Scottsbluff Booster Club – Scoreboard at SSHS Stadium: $3,000

2005

Total: $264,494

  • Nebraska Children’s Home:

  • $5,000 Platte River Basin Environments, Inc.

  • Bead Mountain Ranch:

  • $5,000 Friends of the Midwest Theater:

  • $10,000 Riverside Soccer Association: $10,000

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2004

Total $2234,494

  • University of Nebraska Foundation – Feedlot Expansion

  • $5,000 Scottsbluff Firefighter’s Local 1454 – Honor Guard Uniform

  • $500 Riverside Soccer Association

  • $2,500 Western Nebraska Community College – CBIT Center Renovation

  • $8,500 Friends of the Midwest Theater: $3,500

2003

Total $214,494

  • ​North Platte Valley Museum

  • $2,500 Mitchell Foundation for Academic Excellence – Baby Grand Piano

  • $1,500 Guadalupe Center

  • $2,500 Roosevelt Elementary School – School Sign

  • $500 Scottsbluff Booster Club – Sound System

  • $5,000 Friends of the Midwest Theater: $ 4,000 2003

2002

Total $198,494

  • Scotts Bluff Swim Club

  • $1,500 North Platte Valley Museum

  • $5,500 Friends of the Midwest Theater

  • $6,000 Scottsbluff-Gering Chamber of Commerce – Caminos Crusados

  • $1,000 Oregon Trail Days

2001

Total $182,994

  • Mitchell Community Lighting Project $1,500

  • Platte Valley Camp Fire Boys/Girls – Camp Norwesca $1000

  • Scottsbluff Booster Club $3,000

  • Theatre West Summer Repertory $3,500

  • Farm and Ranch Museum $4,000

  • Oregon Trail Days $1,960

  • Scottsbluff-Gering Chamber of Commerce – Caminos Crusados $1,200

2000

Total $167,034

  • American Lung Association: $900

  • Monument Valley Pathways, Inc.: $3,000

  • St. Joseph’s Children’s Home – Torrington, WY: $4,000

  • Goshen County Senior Friendship Center – Torrington, WY: $2,000

1999

Total: $157,134

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: $2,065

  • Hunts Acres Community Recreation Center: $2,500

  • Guiding Star Girl Scout Council: $1,000

  • Guadalupe Center: $2,500

  • Theatre West Summer Repertory: $ 4,600

1998

Total: $144,469

  • West Nebraska Arts Center: $2,000

  • Goshen County Senior Friendship Center – Torrington, WY: $2,000

  • Cirrus House: $500

1997

Total: $139,969

City of Gering – Handicapped Lift for Swimming Pool: $1,000

1996

Total: $138,969

Lake Alice School – Student Exchange Program: $750

1995

Total: $138,219

  • Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation – Youth Science Camp: $3,000

  • Mexican-American Historical Society – Museum Restoration: $2,500

  • Bridgeport Community Center Foundation – New Facility: $5,000

  • Guadalupe Boxing Club, Inc.: $1,000

  • Camp Fire, Inc.: $1,000

  • Western Plains Historical Preservation Assoc., Inc.: $1,000

1994

Total: $124,719

  • Goshen County Senior Friendship Center – Torrington, WY: $1,000

  • North Platte Valley Historical Association – Indian Exhibit: $2,000

  • Camp Fire, Inc. – Trails to Leadership Youth Camp: $1,000

  • Morrill High School FHA/Hero Class – Horse Creek Treaty Monument: $450

1993

Total: $120,269

  • Theatre West Summer Repertory: $3,500

  • Scotts Bluff Clean Communities Commission: $500

  • Carnegie Arts Center – Alliance: $4,000

  • Oregon Trail Community Service Scholarships (2): $725

  • Monument Valley Pathways, Inc.: $1,500

  • Wyo-Braska Natural History Museum: $1,000

  • Longs Peak Council – Scoutreach: $1,000

  • West Nebraska Arts Center – Great American Indian Dancers Program: $1,500

  • Eagle Star, Inc. – Native American Indian Pow-Wow: $1,000

  • Wildcat Hills Nature Center: $3,000

  • Riverside Zoological Society: $1,500

  • Platte Valley Musical Arts: $1,000

1992

Total: $100,044

  • Roosevelt Elementary School – Author/Storytelling Program: $500

  • Theatre West Summer Repertory: $4,500

  • YMCA – Aquatic Area Renovation: $2,000

  • Frank Park & Terry Carpenter Park Improvement Projects: $2,000

  • UNL Extension Service – Aging Conference for Senior Citizens: $300

  • Robidoux Trading Post #2 – Historical Reconstruction: $2,500

1991

Total: $88,244

  • Scotts Bluff County Medical Auxillary – Handicapped Playground Equipment: $2,000

  • Platte Valley Musical Arts – Valley Voices: $200

  • Hunts Acres Community Recreation Center: $400

1990

Total: $85,644

  • Banner County Historical Society Building Fund: $2,500

  • Heartland Expressway – Western Representation Study: $2,000

  • Center for Life Learning: $5,000

  • Chimney Rock Visitor’s Center – Building Fund: $3,500

  • Wyo-Braska Natural History Museum: $1,000

  • Leadership Scottsbluff – Scholarships: $500

1989

Total: $71,144

  • Riverside Zoological Society: $5,000

  • Western Nebraska Community College Reading Literacy Program: $1,000

  • Leadership Scottsbluff – Scholarships: $500

  • Nebraska Public Radio Foundation, Inc.: $1,500

  • Friends of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument: $5,000

  • West Nebraska Arts Center: $500

  • YMCA – Swimming Pool Rehabilitation: $2,500

1988

Total: $55,144

  • Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts: $1,000

  • Civil Air Patrol: $390

  • Riverside Zoological Society: $1,500

  • Western Nebraska Veterans Home: $1,500

  • Twin Cities American Legion Baseball: $1,200

  • Chadron State College Foundation – NASA: $1,000

1987

Total: $48,554

  • Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts – Northfield Park Arboretum: $800

  • Scotts Bluff County Courthouse – Bronze Sculpture: $500

  • American Red Cross Local Chapter – CPR Mannequin: $750

  • Scottsbluff Community Concert Association – Piano: $1,000

  • Camp Fire, Inc. – Water & Sewer Repairs at Camp Site: $2,500

  • Platte Valley Music Teachers – Piano @ Arts Center: $1,500

  • Twin Cities Tree Commission – Oregon Trail Park: $500

  • Panhandle Runaway Youth Shelter Building Fund: $1,500

1986

Total: $39,504

W.N.G.H. Foundation: $1,000

1985

Total: $38,504

  • Panhandle Humane Society: $1,000

  • Camp Fire, Inc.: $368

  • Panhandle Day Care Center: $500

  • Scottsbluff/Gering Clean Communities Commission: $300

  • Hunts Acres Community Recreation Building Fund: $5,000

1984

Total: $31,336

  • U of NE Foundation – Sugar Beet Transplant Project: $10,000

  • STRAYT: $580

  • Camp Fire, Inc.: $656

  • West Nebraska Arts Center: $900

  • Scottsbluff YMCA: $300

1983

Total: $18,900

  • Platte Valley Musical Arts – Baby Doe Production: $300

  • Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts – Mini Park @ Scout Office: $600

  • Nebraska All Star Sports, Inc.: $650

  • Neighborhood Family Service Center: $4,200

  • U of NE Foundation – Sugar Beet Transplant Project $5,000

1982

Total: $8,150

  • City of Scottsbluff – Historical Adobe House Fund: $1,000

  • Scottsbluff/Gering Clean Communities Commission: $1,600

1981

Total: $5,550

  • Gering Volunteer Fire Department – “Jaws of Life”: $1,000

  • Scotts Bluff County Domestic Violence Task Force: $1,000

  • Torrington High School – Mural Restoration: $1,500

  • West Nebraska Arts Center Heritage Days: $500

1980

Total: $1,550

  • Nebraska Western College, “20 Plus Singers: $1,000

  • West Nebraska Arts Center Heritage Days: $500

1979

$50

West Nebraska Arts Center: $50

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