Mission Statement

The Kearney Area Community Foundation enhances the quality of life in the Kearney Area by promoting the spirit of charitable giving and effectively responding to the community's needs.


The Kearney Area Community Foundation vision is to maintain a philanthropic culture to assure that donors and the community are served in an atmosphere of trust and professionalism which will, in turn, allow the Kearney Area Community Foundation to make a meaningful and positive impact on the residents of our community, now and in the future.

Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Click here to read the summer 2014 newsletter



Grant Funds Available to Area Organizations; Deadlines Extended

The Kearney Area Community Foundation announced that they will be awarding grants to area organization in August.  Applications are accepted on a bi-annual basis with new extended deadlines of August 1 and February 1.


Organizations are encouraged to read the grants guidelines to determine if the organization qualifies for a grant.  The second step is to fill out the application, the third step is to make nine copies, and the final step is to mail the application and copies to the Kearney Area Community Foundation, 412 W. 48th, Suite #12, Kearney, NE  68845 so they are postmarked by August 1.

The KACF awards grants in eight fields of interest:

  • Arts/Culture    
  • Health
  • Community/Civic  
  • Human Services
  • Economic Development  
  • Recreation
  • Education 
  • Religion (non-denominational)

If you have any questions please call 308-237-3114 or email the Kearney Area Community Foundation at [email protected].

Spring 2014 Newsletter


Click here to read the spring 2014 newsletter and learn about the upcoming Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival.

The Community Foundation Takes the Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival to a New Location for Year Seven

KEARNEY – The Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival will be held in Kearney on May 9 and 10, 2014.  This statewide celebration is coming back for the seventh time to showcase wines from a number of Nebraska wineries and beers from a sampling of Nebraska microbreweries and will feature live music performed by Nebraska musicians.


This year, the Festival will be held at the Exposition Center at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. “We have been fighting Mother Nature the last six out of six years.  The Expo Center provides more space for more seating, more parking and more vendors.  It also provides Festival goers indoor restrooms, shelter from inclement weather and better climate control,” said Laurel Rosado, Festival Coordinator.  “We have a committee working on creating a great ambiance for the event.”


Attendees will pay an admission fee of $25 and receive a souvenir glass to sample Nebraska wines and microbrews and to hear outstanding Nebraska musicians.  Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase their favorite bottles of wine from Nebraska’s premier vineyards, as well as delicious food from a local restaurant serving at the Festival.  Must be 21 years old with a valid ID to attend.


The Kearney Area Community Foundation will be coordinating the event.  This Festival will give recognition to Nebraska wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms, a value added segment of the Nebraska agri-tourism industry, as well as highlight talented musicians from across our great state.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Foundation’s general fund used for operating the organization, as well as giving grants back to the community.


More information will be coming in the weeks ahead.  For more information, call Laurel Rosado at the Kearney Area Community Foundation at 308-237-3114 or check out the website www.WineAndJazzFest.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting the website.



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