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PCCFF Treasurer Michelle Ross (right), presents a $2,000 check to Nick Ross of the Village of Madrid to assist them with village cleanup efforts.

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PCCFF Member Tana Miller (left), presents a $2,000 check and $3,000 check to Tom Tines of the Village of Venango to assist them with village cleanup efforts, and to assist the village with removing the old football lights at their school.

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PCCFF Treasurer Michelle Ross (left), presents a $2,000 check to Cheryl Giesselmann of the Village of Elsie to assist them with village cleanup efforts.

PCCFF: PC Foundation is for all Perkins County communities

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If you have ever perused the Nebraska Community Foundation’s website and looked at all of the affiliated funds from around the state, you will see that funds come in all sorts of varieties. 

There are single community funds encompassing one town; there are funds set up for one purpose—such as a hospital endowment; there are funds that incorporate specific areas; and then there are funds that incorporate an entire county, like what we have here in Perkins County. 

When the PCCFF was being established, it was important to the board to include all communities in Perkins County. As rural America’s populations continue to dwindle, the rivalries once known and prominent among small towns in their quest to secure county seats, county newspapers, best county baseball teams, and even between county schools must be put behind us. To thrive, we must work together—we are stronger together. 

The Perkins County Community Foundation Fund benefits the towns of Elsie, Madrid, Grant and Venango in Perkins County, and we are proud to say that we have given money to causes in each of these communities. 

Because Grant is the county seat, and the hub of much of the activity in the county, more of our grant applications do tend to come from those in and around Grant. However, we are just as eager to give to the villages and diligently working with individuals in those communities to get funds to needed projects in Madrid, Elsie and Venango. 

Recently, we have given each village in the county $2,000 to help in the clean-up and beautification of their village. We also gave Venango an additional $3,000 to help take down the old dilapidated football lights near their school. Other grants we have given in the past to the villages included money for Madrid Day, Elsie Christmas lights, Village of Madrid generator purchase and to the Venango Fire Department, among others. 

We encourage those who live in these three communities to be thinking of how the PCCFF can partner with the villages in strengthening and enhancing their communities. We are always accepting applications. Those who need an application can email me for one,

Upcoming Celebration and Announcement

 Just a reminder, we want to invite all of you to come and join us this Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Grant to celebrate the county we love. 

A presentation will be given by Perkins County Historical Society President Brenda Styskal on the history of Perkins County. The PCCFF Advisory Committee Members will give an update on the fund’s endowment and recent donations, and then we will have an exciting announcement to share. 

We will end the day with cake to enjoy baked by Perkins County’s very own Lori Day from Madrid. The event is free for all and no RSVP is needed. We hope to see you there.


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