NU Area Foundation awards Spring Grants

NEW ULM – The New Ulm Area Foundation held its Spring Grants luncheon on Wednesday at Turner Hall.

The Foundation gave $14,000 in grants this spring.

“We are very fortunate this cycle to be able to give away $14,000 in grants plus another $10,000 we had set aside for our final payment of our $35,000 commitment to The Grand Center for Arts and Culture,” said Robert Wise, chairman of the Foundation’s grants committee. “We are currently in the process of raising $250,000 to match the $250,000 commitment from Thor Mickelson. Once we reach our goal (We are over half way there!) we will have $500,000 to add to our endowment fund, ultimately making a significant difference to our annual grants available.”

The New Ulm Foundation was created in 1987 with a $100,000 gift from Henry Somsen in memory of his wife, Ann Somsen. The endowment fund has grown to $1.2 million, thanks to a $100,000 gift from Mickelson Media in honor of former Journal editor Bill Macklin, and a $100,000 gift from New Ulm Telecom.

The endowment fund is invested through the Minnesota Community Fund organization. The earnings are used each year to fund grants that support New Ulm and the area in four major areas: the arts, education, economic development and historical preservation.

This year’s spring recipients are:

Grants from the Bill Macklin Fund

City of New Ulm – $250 for Bike circle route signs

Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River – $1,000 for the Regional River History and Information Center

Habitat for Humanity – $1,250 for a birdhouse building fundraiser

Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth – $1,500 for Students Performing On Tough Situations

Grants from the Henry Somsen Fund

City of Hanska – $1,000 for the purchase of a computer for the public library.

The Grand Center for Arts and Culture – $2,000 for a Life Altered Art Show and Workshop

PRO kinship for Kids – $3,000 for Academic Mentoring Program

Grants from the New Ulm Area Foundation Endowment Fund

The Grand Center for Arts and Culture – $10,000 for the Creation of the 4 Pillars Gallery

New Ulm Actors Community Theatre – $2,000 for feasibility study for State Street Theatre

New Ulm Girls Fastpitch – $2,000 for an electronic scoreboard for two fields at Harman Park

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