Cooper Foundation Approves Rapid Response Grants at June Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Lincoln, Neb. — The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees awarded the third cycle of Rapid Response COVID-19 grants at the June board meeting to address the critical needs of nonprofits and the communities they serve. Grants will be awarded monthly for unrestricted general operating support with a simplified application process through September 2020. Information about the Rapid Response application is available at www.cooperfoundaton.org.
The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln’s largest arts organization, received support to help sustain operations as they adapt to the pandemic and plan for their future season. Despite cancelling dozens of events, the Lied Center has continued to offer virtual programming, including educational programs, camps, and Lied Live! that showcases artists from Nebraska and around the nation. The Lied Center also co-sponsors Music on the Move, a bicycle-powered mobile stage that brings live music to Lincoln neighborhoods. To learn more, visit www.liedcenter.org.
The Foundation awarded a total of $52,500 in program and unrestricted general operating grants to nine nonprofit organizations. The grants were awarded to a diverse group of arts, civic and community engagement, education, human services, and humanities organizations. Grant recipients are located in Lincoln unless otherwise noted.
Bright Lights: $2,500
Civic Nebraska: 7,500
Clyde Malone Community Center: $10,000
Durham Museum (Omaha, NE): $5,000
Food Bank of Lincoln: $10,000
Vision Maker Media: $2,500
The Cooper Foundation, established by Joseph H. Cooper in 1934, has granted over $25 million to benefit the people of Nebraska. The Foundation makes grants supporting arts, civic and community engagement, education, environment, humanities, and human services, primarily in Lincoln and Lancaster County. For more information about grant eligibility and the application process visit the foundation’s website, www.cooperfoundation.org.