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 Education, Human Services, Arts, Humanities, Environment, and Community Improvement. 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 info@cooperfoundation.org. 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 – June 2019

Bridges to Hope: $10,000
For general operating support. Bridges to Hope serves as the first point of contact after incarceration to connect vital services, programs and necessities for men and women reentering society. 

Cause Collective: $7,000
Cause Collective was awarded two grants. One grant for $5,000 toward nonprofit executive leadership succession planning, and a $2,000 grant for new member scholarships.

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance: $15,000
For general operating to support affordable legal immigration assistance to low income immigrants and refugees in Lincoln.

Child Advocacy Center: $20,000
Support for the Operations Director staff position.

Community CROPS: $10,000
For general operating to support four primary program areas: community gardens, youth garden education, growing farmers training program, and the mobile veggie van.

Family Violence Council: $10,000
To support the Lincoln Threat Advisory Team and general operating expenses.

Humanities Nebraska: $15,000
To support two core programs: Capitol Forum on America’s Future and Nebraska Warrior Writers.

Inclusive Communities (Omaha, Nebraska): $10,000
Support for one Lincoln high school to participate in an IncluCity Camp at Carol Joy Holling camp in Ashland, Nebraska. IncluCity is a four-day residential camp for youth that works to reduce acts of school violence and bullying.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland: $15,000
Toward comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education programs in Lincoln.  

Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning (Hastings, Nebraska): $10,000
Support for the experiential education program.

Stand For Schools: $10,000
General operating support for this organization’s work to advance public education in Nebraska.

TeamMates Mentoring Program: $15,000
Toward capacity building for Lincoln chapter recruitment.

en-thompson-forum

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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