A Monthly Publication of the Nebraska Environmental Trust
Dave Heineman, Governor
Board of Trustees
In This Issue:
Executive Director Corner
The summer has sped by and schools are back in session, the State Fair is upon us and Husker Harvest Days are just around the corner. Husker football is finally here. The fans are anticipating challenges in the new Big 10. Both football and volleyball will be exciting in the new conference.
The Trust board awarded additional funds to a number of projects, set the GEO points and elected new officers at the July board meeting. Vince Kramper was elected chairman and Dr. Joann Schaefer vice chairman. Vince is the only original citizen board member, being on the board since the Trust’s creation.
Don’t forget the Trust grant deadline is Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Trust staff has been busy taking questions and discussing potential projects with applicants.
Enjoy the end of summer!
Mark A. Brohman
Revised Geo-Points for 2012 Grant Cycle
In a continuing effort to support natural resource projects across Nebraska, the board of the Nebraska Environmental Trust will award bonus points to 2012 grant applicants in three of the seven geographical areas across the state. The geographical map of Nebraska showing the seven districts can be seen on the Trust website at: www.environmentaltrust.org .
Projects based in District 5 (southwest), District 6 (North Central) and those based in District 2 (Douglas and Sarpy) will be eligible for 20 bonus points in the 2012 grant cycle.
By law, the Nebraska Environmental Trust is required to ensure a geographic mix of projects over time. Geographic bonus points allow the Trust board to evaluate which areas are in need of Trust grant funds and provide an incentive to increase applications from deficient areas. District 5 has received $14,857,771.80 in grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust while District 6 has received $14,261,212.00 and District 2, $15,619,443.80 since Trust grants began in 1994.
Vince Kramper elected New Chair of Trust Board
Vince Kramper of Dakota City was recently elected Chairman of Nebraska Environmental Trust Board during the July 22, 2011, board Meeting held in Omaha. A board member from the state’s first congressional district, Vince has served on the Environmental Trust’s Board since its inception in 1992, being appointed by three of Nebraska’s Governors.
Commenting on his recent appointment, Mr. Kramper said, “It is exciting to be a part of the Environmental Trust, as we enter our 20th year. We have seen the benefits of the lottery proceeds being used for the good of the environment all across the State of Nebraska. I look forward to serving as chairman this year with this dedicated board of directors and staff. ”
Outgoing Chairman, Paul Dunn of Omaha said, “I have truly enjoyed my time on the Trust board and thank my fellow board members for their support during this past year. We have faced several challenges this year and there are challenges yet ahead. I believe that Mr Kramper with his agriculture background and experience on the Natural Resources District ,will guide us well this next year. It has been a pleasure working with him as well as other board and staff members.”
The Trust Board is comprised of 14 members representing the State of Nebraska and its citizens. Nine citizen representatives are appointed by the Governor to serve six-year terms. Three representatives are chosen from each congressional district, serve without pay and represent a wide variety of natural resource interests. Five agency directors make up the remaining seats on the board to provide coordination with existing state resources. A staff of five handles the day-to-day activities of the organization.
Important Reminders Concerning Grants
Grant Reporting - Grantees are reminded to review their documentation and budget sheets to ensure they are correctly reported and the figures on the Budget Sheets match documentation provided in submitting their Grant Reports. This is crucial in having reimbursements done in a timely manner.
Grant Application Forms for 2012 Cycle - Be sure to check out the latest grant application forms on the website before submitting your applications for the 2012 cycle. The only revisions are contact details of the Grants Administrator from Lisa Beethe to Marilyn Tabor.
- August 20, 2011 - World O' Water Festival, Omaha, Papio-Missouri River, Natural Resources District
- August 26 - September 5, 2011 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island.
- September 13-15, 2011 - Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island.