2015 Grant Approvals

Grants Approved - December 2015

ACLU of Nebraska: $5,000
Toward “Growing up Locked Down: Juvenile Solitary Confinement in Nebraska,” a research and advocacy project.

CASA for Lancaster County: $10,000
General operating support.

Child Guidance Center: $5,934
Toward the purchase of diagnostic and reference materials for counseling staff.

Crane River Theatre, Kearney, Neb.: $5,000
Support for the 2016 season.

Hear Nebraska, Omaha, Neb.: $15,000
Support for the Executive Director position.

Legal Aid of Nebraska: $15,000
General operating support.

Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music: $4,000
Support for non-traditional programming, in particular an upcoming performance at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre by Synergy Violins.

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

Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, Hastings, Neb.: $10,000
General operating support.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues: $16,386
Ongoing support for the annual lecture series from the Thompson Family Fund, established by E.N. “Jack” and Katie Thompson to support this program.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Glenn Korff School of Music: $5,000
Support for the i2Choir program, which provides an intergenerational and inclusive environment for participants ranging in age from 5th grade to adults. Membership is made up of individuals who wish to sing with and support family members and friends with a variety of physical, sensory, and cognitive challenges.

Wachiska Audubon Society: $8,840
Toward acquisition of the Fertig Prairie in Colfax County, Nebraska. Wachiska Audubon has held a conservation easement on the property since 2001, and the purchase will allow for restoration, education, and public enjoyment of this high quality native grassland.

Grants Approved - September 2015

Arc of Norfolk, Norfolk, Neb.: $3,500
Toward the “Holy Cow, What Now: Life after Graduation” conference, which addresses transition planning for students experiencing a disability.

CenterPointe: $8,450
Toward the purchase of a van that will help transport the agency’s clients.

Durham Museum: $5,000
Support for “First Folio! The Book that gave us Shakespeare.” The folio will tour all 50 states, with the Durham Museum acting as its Nebraska host. The museum will also host community events and educational programming to accompany the exhibit.

El Centro de las Americas: $10,000
General operating support.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company: $8,840
General operating support.

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools: $15,000
General operating support.

Fresh Start, Inc.: $10,000
General operating support.

Jewish Federation of Omaha—Institute for Holocaust Education, Omaha, Neb.: $10,000
Support for the Education Coordinator position.

Leadership Lincoln: $7,500
Funding for a new Communications and Office Manager position.

Lofte Community Theatre, Manley, Neb.: $5,000
General operating support.

Metropolitan Opera, Nebraska Auditions: $1,000
Funding for regional auditions of the Metropolitan Opera.

Mid-America Arts Alliance: $15,000
Toward the development of a wireframe, which will inform the creation of a new master database for the organization.

Nebraska Land Trust, Inc.: $10,000
General operating support.

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Kimball, Neb.: $10,000
Toward the continuation of conservation efforts for the endangered Mountain Plover. 

Southern Heights Food Forest: $7,500
Toward a new program coordinator position for this collaboration between Community CROPS, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Southern Heights Presbyterian Church.

St. Monica’s: $15,000
General operating support. 

United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County: $17,879
Toward the agency’s 2015 Annual Campaign. 

Grants Approved - May 2015

Willa Cather Foundation, Red Cloud, Neb.: $10,000
General operating support.

Community Development Resources: $10,000
Toward procurement of a charter for the Community Hope Federal Credit Union, which will focus on providing banking and financial services to low-income individuals.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska: $10,000
General operating support.

Lincoln Literacy: $10,000
General operating support.

Lincoln Public Schools - Silver Hawk Theatre: $5,000
Support for the performance of “White Christmas” at the International Thespian Festival, to be held this summer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Southwest High School was one of five schools chosen to perform at the festival, which is considered the national championship of high school theater.

National Audubon Society – Spring Creek Prairie: $10,000
General operating support.

Nebraska Appleseed Center: $10,000
Toward programming and advocacy to improve access to higher education for low income people.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation: $15,000
Support for year two of Project Everlast Lincoln, which helps young adults emerging from Nebraska’s foster care system.

Nebraska Shakespeare, Omaha, Neb: $5,000
Support for Shakespeare on Tour, which takes performances of an abridged Shakespeare play to schools and communities across the state.

Nebraska Trails Foundation: $10,000
Support for the N Street Protected Bikeway project.

Nebraskans for Civic Reform: $12,500
Program support for the Lincoln Civic Action Project, which engages middle and high school students in research, service learning and civic engagement activities.

Northeast Family Center: $10,000
General operating support.

Omaha Creative Institute, Omaha, Neb.: $5,000
Support for Artist INC, a professional development program that addresses artists' business needs.

Outlinc: $2,000
Toward the July 2015 Prairie Pride Film Festival, which screens four films that highlight LGBT characters and experiences.

Radio Talking Book Service, Omaha, Neb.: $5,000
General operating support for an organization that serves blind and visually impaired Nebraskans by broadcasting current news publications read aloud by volunteers.

Sunrise Communications Inc./KZUM Radio: $5,000
Funding for the Summer 2015 Stransky Park concert series.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music: $3,500
Funding for the International Horn Competition of America, which in 2015 will be hosted for the first time at the Glenn Korff School of Music at UNL.

University of Nebraska State Museum: $10,000
Salary support for a videoconference educator position.

Vision Maker Media: $5,000
Toward a screening of the film “Warrior Women,” in partnership with the UNL State Museum's Hubbard Lecture.

Grants Approved - March 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County: $5,000
Operating support for programming at Park Middle School.

Community Services Fund of Nebraska: $7,500
General operating support.

Greater Lincoln Chamber Foundation: $12,500
Funding for the summer 2015 Hear Lincoln concert series, held Fridays at noon (May 15 – July 17) at Tower Square.

Groundwater Foundation: $10,000
Operating support and funding for special activities for the foundation’s 30th birthday.

Hastings Museum, Hastings, Neb.: $5,000
Funding for the creation of the “Nature Nook,” a new interactive educational exhibit. 

Humanities Nebraska: $10,000
Operating support for core programming.

Kloefkorn Elementary School PTO: $5,000
Partial funding for equipment for an inclusive playground. Key features include a mix of physical, sensory, and social activities; multiple challenge levels for each type of physical play; opportunities for interaction on each level of the structure; and ramps so that children using wheelchairs or walkers can enter the play structure. Kloefkorn Elementary hopes to become the first school in Lincoln to develop an inclusive playground.

Lincoln Parks Foundation: $10,000
Funding for a feasibility student for the Prairie Corridor capital campaign. 

Malone Community Center: $4,400
Funding for the Malone Center Symposium on Art, Culture and History, which will celebrate the contributions of African Americans to this city, state and region. This proposed annual event will provide a forum for historians, artists, dramatists, musicians, political leaders, descendants and others to explore the African American experience.

Mediation Center: $5,000
Funding for the Small Claims Court Mediation Program, which offers litigants a chance to mediate their case at no cost. 

OpenSky Policy Institute: $10,000
Support for the Policy Director position. 

Prairie Plains Resource Center, Aurora, Neb.: $20,000
For acquisition of the Sherman Ranch.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Science Olympiad: $5,000
To increase participation in Science Olympiad among students in Title I schools. This spring the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host the national Science Olympiad tournament, presenting unique opportunities for participation by local high school students.