NEW 2020 Rapid Response Grant Process

Our grant application process has been modified in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. We are now accepting grant requests monthly. Click here for the new application process.

Our mission is to support strong, sustainable organizations, innovative ideas and ventures of significant promise. The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations located in and working in Nebraska, primarily Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Grant Eligibility

We provide grants to nonprofit organizations located and working in Nebraska, primarily in our geographic priority area of Lincoln and Lancaster County. We fund programs and operations in the areas of the Arts, Civic and Community Engagement, Education, Environment, Human Services, and Humanities. Organizations must provide strong programming and evidence of sound governance and fiscal management.

Application Process

Organizations interested in applying should review our Eligibility & Funding Priorities. If you think our funding is a good fit for your organization or project, contact us at Include information about your organization, project or program, and budget. 

If our funding is a fit, we wil provide instructions to apply. We have a two-stage application in our online system and make grant decisions quarterly. Learn more about our forms, process, and funding considerations here.

Grants Approved – March 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln: $5,000
General operating support.

Community Services Fund of Nebraska: $5,000
Community Services Fund connects donors with causes they care about most.

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools: $10,000
In support of the LPS: COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund to support LPS students and families who are in need of emergency funds.

Lincoln Community Foundation: $10,000
To support the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund as a strategic partner. This fund will rapidly deploy needed resources to nonprofit organizations. 

Multicultural Coalition: (Grand Island, NE) $7,500
General operating support.

Nebraska Appleseed: $7,500
General operating support.

Nebraska Civic Engagement Table: $5,000
Lancaster County Get Out the Vote initiative. 

Nebraska Land Trust: $7,500
General operating support. 

Nebraskans for the Arts: (Omaha, NE) $5,000
General operating support.


Over the past three decades, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has established itself as one of the preeminent speakers series in higher education. The series brings to Nebraska thought provoking lectures by speakers whose work and ideas impact our changing world.

The Forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, Lied Center for Performing Arts, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2019 Forum Schedule
Nadia Murad
September 17, 2019 – 6:00 P.M.
Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Yazidi human rights activist, advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence.
Leymah Gbowee
October 1, 2019 – 6:00 P.M.
Nobel Peace Prize recipent, Liberian peace activist and women’s rights advocate.
Farah Pandith
October 8, 2019 – 6:00 P.M.
Foreign policy strategist, former diplomat and world-leading expert in countering violent extremism. 
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