Applying for a Grant

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The Lincoln Community Foundation awards Community Grants to organizations that contribute to the quality of life and welfare of the people of Lincoln and Lancaster County. Grants are awarded in areas that include, but are not limited to: Arts & Culture, Human Services, Children & Families, Older Adults, Animal Welfare, Environment, Youth Development and Education.

Grant requests are only accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations and others recognized by the IRS as qualified recipients of tax-deductible gifts.  The Foundation does not consider grants for religious purposes, political activities, endowments, or programs that create an indefinite, long-term commitment by the Foundation. Grants to organizations that discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed or ethnic group are not considered.

The Board of Directors use these additional criteria when reviewing grant requestsLincoln Symphony on July 4th

  • Located or doing business in Lincoln/Lancaster County
  • Evidence of sound financial management
  • Evidence of strong leadership and an engaged governing board
  • Accessibility to the underserved and underrepresented populations
  • Impact across a broad segment of the community
  • Plans for sustainability  


Application Process – Community Grants

    1. Contact the Vice President for Community Outreach at 402-474-2345 (or via email) to discuss the grant request.
    2. Submit a Letter of Inquiry if invited to do so by Foundation staff.
    3. Submit the Grant Application Form if invited to do so by Foundation staff.
    4. Grant recipients are required to submit an Evaluation Form one year after receiving a grant award.

Letter of Inquiry Due Application Due Application Reviewed
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Quick Response and Other Grants

Quick Response Grants are those where the traditional application timeline would result in a loss of an opportunity, or where other funding sources are not available. These requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Quick Response Grants are $5,000 or less.  Click here to view Quick Response Grant guidelines. Please call the Vice President for Community Outreach at 402-474-2345 with inquiries about Quick Response Grants.

Nonprofit Search

Click here to search for nonprofit organization in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Community Grant Awards

2016 Grants Awarded
2015 Grants Awarded

2014 Grants Awarded

2013 Grants Awarded

2012 Grants Awarded

Other Grant Opportunities

Garnet I. Larson Educational Assistance Fund - $360 is available for individuals in Lancaster County who are seeking self-sufficiency through education and/or vocational training. Nonprofits may nominate an individual (preference to women) to receive this financial assistance to support accredited and non-accredited educational/vocational training. Fund description and nomination guidelines. Nominations are due November 18, 2016.

Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Association Fund - $490 is available for physically or mentally disabled persons in Lancaster County who are in need of adaptive equipment. Nonprofits may apply for grants from this fund and agree to purchase adaptive equipment to be made available for use by the individual identified in the grant application. Fund description and application. Applications are due November 18, 2016.

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