Thomas Foundation announces wide range of grants

BEATRICE – A Wymore-based foundation has announced grant awards that were made at various times the past fiscal year...grants that totaled nearly $368,000.

President of the Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation, Dean Marples said the grants helped fund a wide range of projects.

Five grants totaling over $122,000 were received by Southern Public Schools in Wymore for parking and sidewalk repairs, paving at the football field, classroom equipment and replacing fitness center equipment.

The Village of Pickrell was the recipient of a more than $55,000 grant to help renovate the Community Center. Habitat for Humanity in Gage County was named to receive an award of $50,000 to construct an ADA accessible home, while the Fuller Park Foundation benefitted from a $40,000 grant to assist paying for ballfield poles and lights.

Among other grants the Thomas Foundation made during the year, included….

  • $30,000 to a Nebraska Education Television Foundation production
  • $25,000 to the Village of Adams to help pay for a new ambulance
  • $16,500 to the Blue Springs One Property at a Time program to help clean up dilapidated properties
  • $14,000 to the City of Beatrice for the Nichols Park Bandstand revitalization
  • $13,500 to Tri County Schools for equipment in the industrial arts program
  • $1,000 to the Beatrice Educational Foundation for the Beatrice Backpack Program’s Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon