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."
Recipients of grants from the New Ulm Area Foundation are: Left to Right: Mike Brigger, Healthy Community Healthy Youth; Kathy Grothem, City Clerk and Treasurer for the City of Hanska; Sarah Rotering, Habitat for Humanity; Sheldon Rieke, Healthy Community Healthy Youth; Sharon Hurley, ProKinship for Kids; Ruth Wellman, Hanska Public Library; Joseph Schugel, New Ulm Park & Recreation; Paul Warshauer, New Ulm Actors Community Theatre; Tim Loose and Jenny Gieseke, New Ulm Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association; Scott Sparlin, Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River; Bob Wise, Chairman of the Grants Committee for the New Ulm Area Foundation.
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