Bertrand Area Community Fund

Holthus Hometown Challenge
Thank you for making the Holthus Challenge a resounding success!
This $450,000 brings the Unrestricted Endowment fund to $900,587. You might be wondering what this will do for Bertrand. Our grant-making ability increased to nearly $40,000 for fiscal year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Just think how impactful that becomes! Remember – the balance of the fund may not be spent. Only a portion of the interest earnings is available for grants.

Spring Grant Application Information

The BACF Spring Grant Cycle is open March 1st – 31st, 2022. For an application – send a request to Please include the name of your non-profit organization and contact information. Applications will be reviewed in April with notifications made by April 30th.

What We Fund
Bertrand Area Community Fund restricts its support to 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities or other types of organizations using the funds for a charitable purpose. If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) or government organization, please contact us before you prepare your grant application so we can verify that the purpose for which you wish to use the funds is charitable.
We encourage grant requests for projects or programs that are consistent with our vision, mission, and values and:

  • Will have a broad impact on the quality of life for a significant number of people in our community
  • Propose ways to address community issues and problems
  • Leverage other sources of support
  • Encourage others to get involved in addressing community needs
  • Are creative in their approach to solving problems or capturing opportunities
  • Are responsive to changing or emerging community needs
  • Help develop community leadership
  • Engage young people in the community
  • Support innovative approaches to economic development
  • Are sustainable over time

What We Don’t Fund
The Bertrand Area Community Fund does not make grants to individuals, for political purposes including lobbying or legislative activity, to retire indebtedness, for payment of interest or taxes or for regranting. We do not usually give priority to funding for:

  • Operating or maintenance expenses
  • Membership fees
  • Banquet or luncheon expenses
  • Ticket sales for charitable fund-raising expenses
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Travel expenses for groups such as school classes, clubs, or sports teams

Bertrand Area Community Fund – Advisory Members
Christopher Davison, Chair
Scott Schwarz, Vice Chair
Liz Ford, Secretary
Beverly Hansen, Treasurer
Melissa Vinzant
Alysia Kuck
Karen Nelson
Aryn Schwarz
Colby Gardine
Jessie Olesen
Joel High, Ex-officio Chair

Contact Information
Bertrand Area Community Fund
PO Box 153
Bertrand, NE 68927