2016 Grant Approvals

Grants Approved - December 2016

Asian Community & Cultural Center - $10,000
To support general operations for services and programs.

Center for People in Need - $25,000
General operating support for 2017.

Capital Jazz Society - $2,500
Toward general operating support for 2016-2017 programming.

Community CROPS - $15,000
To support the Young Urban Farmers program that works with schools to establish gardens and provides educational opportunities for Lincoln youth to learn about where their food originates.

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools - $5,000
General operating support for 2016-2017.

Groundwater Foundation - $10,000
Toward general operating expenses to support the 3-year initiative, "Recharging Groundwater Education: Tools for Community Engagement and Action."

Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska - $10,000
Toward the purchase of a mobile glass blowing studio.

Lincoln Community Foundation - $1,000
Support for updating the Vital Signs Report. The report is designed to generate data for Prosper Lincoln, which is focused on community improvement in early childhood education, matching job skills to meet employer needs, and innovation.

Lincoln Community Playhouse - $5,000
General operating funds to support outreach program expenses.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association - $2,500
Toward the Music Outreach Program, which supports private music lessons for talented students who have financial need.

Lincoln Orchestra Association - $15,000
General operating support for the 2016-2017 season of concerts and educational activities.

Nebraska Writers Collective - $15,000
Support for the "Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival."

Sheldon Art Association - $10,000
To support the 2016-2017 programs and exhibitions.

TeamMates Mentoring Program - $7,500
General operating support for Lincoln TeamMates.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center for Great Plains Studies - $10,200
Support for the 2017 symposium, "Flat Places, Deep Identies: Mapping Nebraska," at Innovation Campus in Lincoln on March 30-31, 2017. The symposium is open to the public, and an official event of Nebraska's Sesquicentennial celebration of statehood.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues - $15,021
Ongoing support for the annual lecture series from the Thompson Family Fund, established by E.N. "Jack" and Katie Thompson to support this program.

Grants Approved - September 2016

Boys and Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County - $10,000
Toward general operating support for their new expanded facility at Park Middle School.

Bridge Behavioral Health - $10,000
Toward the creation of a new position, Peer Support Coordinator, to formalize the new peer support program for participants in substance abuse treatment programs. Peers are trained volunteers who engage with participants and share life experiences to help others make informed choice and progress in their recovery.

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance - $15,000
Toward general operating support. The Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (CLIA) provides free or low cost legal services to 600 clients annually. CLIA handles many types of immigration cases ranging from simple Work Authorization cases to complex cases such as political asylum, guardianship and removal proceedings.

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools - $10,000
General operating support for 2016-2017.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association - $2,500
Toward the Music Outreach Program (MOP), which provides scholarships for private music lessons for 50 students who aren’t otherwise able to afford them.

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach - $15,000
Toward the staff position of Director of Business and Finance, to support organizational growth and program expansion, particularly three new initiatives focused on finding permanent housing for people who are homeless.

Metropolitan Opera/Nebraska Auditions - $1,000
Toward the 2016 annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the longest running audition of its kind in the country, having begun in 1953. The Nebraska District has been a part of the organization since 1962.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation - $15,000
Support for the Lincoln Youth Eviction Prevention Program (YEPP) in collaboration with Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties. YEPP will provide a youth advocate, financial assistance, rental housing education, and budgeting skills training for eligible young people ages 18-24 facing eviction from their current housing situation.

United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County - $18,237
Toward general operations to support the United Way annual campaign.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lied Center for the Performing Arts - $5,000
Toward educational and outreach programs for young people as part of the performance Heather Henson's Crane: On Earth, In Sky. This performance explores the mystery and spiritual essence of a crane’s life cycle through puppetry, kiting, and the earth-centered and cultural perspectives of North America's indigenous people.

 Grants Approved - May 2016

Asian Community & Culture Center - $12,000
To support general operations for services and programs focused on increasing the stability of immigrants and refugee families in Lincoln who face economic and cultural barriers to self-sufficiency as New Americans.

Capital Jazz Society, Inc. - $2,500
General operating support to support program growth. Capital Jazz Society’s two main programs, Monday Night Big Band and Capital Jazz Series, are held regularly at Vega in the West Haymarket.

Community Services Fund of Nebraska - $5,000
Toward general operations to support the Community Services Fund annual campaign.

Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center - $5,000
Support for the second annual Prairie Jazz Festival with proceeds benefiting programs for visitors and students at the Pioneers Park Nature Center.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska - $5,000
Toward outreach programs in Scottsbluff and Box Butte counties. Outreach programs are offered to girls in areas where there are no established troops or where there are barriers to participation, including lack of income, transportation, language barriers or the ability for parents to volunteer.

Greater Lincoln Chamber Foundation - $2,500
Support toward Lincoln Calling, a music festival in October 2016, which features emerging national and Nebraska artists across multiple venues over several days.

Lincoln Bike Kitchen - $4,500
General operating support for this organization that provides bicycles and bike repair free of charge by an all-volunteer staff.

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation - $10,000
Support toward Woods Park Tennis Center to support the cost of energy efficient LED lighting for the new indoor tennis facility.

Mediation Center - $7,500
Support for a case manager for the Restorative Justice Juvenile Victim/Offender Program. This program provides victim/offender mediation where the victim and offender meet face to face to talk about the impact of the crime and create a reparation agreement.

National Audubon Society - $12,000
General operating expenses for Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center to support and expand their inquiry based education programs.

Nebraska Bicycling Alliance - $10,000
Support toward operational expenses so that fundraising and membership revenue can be used to build a training and education strategy. The mission of the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance is to cultivate a safer, more bicycle friendly Nebraska through partnerships, education and advocacy.

Nebraska Conservation Education Fund - $5,000
Support for operations to assist the organization in building capacity to achieve their goal of a network of people with the capacity to address local conservation concerns and to mobilize on statewide environmental issues.

Nebraska Shakespeare - $5,000
Support for the statewide Shakespeare on Tour program. This touring educational outreach program reaches an average of 30 middle and high schools, and over 7,500 students with performances, study guides and workshops.

Sheldon Art Museum - $10,000
Toward support for “Crossing Borders,” 2016-2017 exhibition and programming, which will explore issues of identity, war, geography, conflict, psychology, society, and spirituality.

Voices for Children, Omaha, Ne. - $10,000
Support for the creation of an online database for the annual Kids Count in Nebraska publication. This report is a comprehensive resource that provides data related to children’s well-being in the areas of health, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and economic stability.

Grants Approved - March 2016

Camp Summergold - $2,500
Support for scholarships for students of color from Lincoln Public Schools. Camp Summergold is a residential camp held on Doane College’s campus in Crete, Nebraska that brings teenage girls together to explore creativity, knowledge and stewardship through arts and science based mentored workshops and collective girl power.

CEDARS Youth Services - $13,000
Support for the Bridges Transitional Living Program that provides supervised apartment living and independent life skills for youth age 16-24 who are homeless or who have aged out of the foster care system.

Center for People in Need - $10,000
Toward a Financial Literacy Instructor who will deliver financial education programs for low income individuals.

Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company - $5,000
General operating support to enhance the Colonel Mustard’s community-building efforts and programs.

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties - $10,000
Support for the Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program. Through the program, participants work toward goals to increase financial stability and have the opportunity to receive 4:1 savings match for a first-time home purchase, college tuition, or small business start-up.

Doane College, Crete, Nebraska - $20,000
Support toward the Arts Are Basic Program, which works with teachers, students, and performing and visual artists to make the arts a central part of teaching and learning.

Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project, Wymore, Nebraska - $5,000
Support for and video and exhibition project for this organization that has a mission to discover, preserve, interpret and celebrate the history and contributions of Welsh pioneers on the North American prairies.

Junior Achievement of Lincoln - $5,000
General operating support for this organization that provides financial education programs to more than 26,000 students in over 1,200 classrooms across Southeastern & Central Nebraska.

Lincoln Children's Museum - $7,000
Support for supplies and materials for hands-on learning experiences for STEAM Sundays, educational programming related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics.

Lincoln Community Playhouse - $5,000
General operating expenses to support outreach programs providing theatre experiences and programs for people of all ages.

Meadowlark Music Festival - $7,500
Support for the 2016 Meadowlark Music Festival, July 14-17, featuring pianist Marina Pacowski, violinist Misha Vayman, and Steven Trinkle with Portable Masterpieces.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Des Moines, IA - $10,000
Support toward the Regional Organizer position in Lincoln to engage and mobilize supporters and increase community support for Planned Parenthood’s mission and work.

TeamMates Mentoring Program - $7,500
General operating support for Lincoln TeamMates, which supports one-on-one mentoring for 1,200 students in grades 3-12 at Lincoln Public Schools.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jazz in June - $10,000
Support for the 2016 summer concert series, which is its 25th year and the first as an independent entity within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. One of the longest running music concert series in the nation and the longest running festival in the region, Jazz in June entertains 20,000 annually.

YMCA of Lincoln Nebraska - $30,000
Support toward the Copple Family YMCA Afterschool Program.