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

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

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

Lincoln Medical Education Partnership: $5,000

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, International Quilt Museum: $5,000

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lied Center for Performing Arts: $5,000

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,

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