Cooper Foundation Awards Rapid Response COVID-19 Grants at May Board Meeting

Monday, June 1, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. — The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees awarded the second cycle of Rapid Response grants at the May 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 new grant application process is available at

CenterPointe received a grant of $10,000. CenterPointe offers a broad continuum of care for those with mental health and substance abuse issues, with more than 35 programs for crisis response, treatment, rehabilitation, residential housing, and peer support to help individuals live as independently as possible. Due to COVID-19 they have seen an increase in their 24/7 crisis line and increased costs related to sanitation, protective equipment for both staff and clients, and the implementation of safety precautions for all programs. To learn more, visit

The Foundation awarded a total of $67,500 in unrestricted general operating grants to eight nonprofit organizations. The grants were awarded to a diverse group of arts, education, environment, and human services organizations. Grant recipients are located in Lincoln unless otherwise noted.

ACLU of Nebraska: $10,000

CenterPointe: $10,000

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska: $5,000

Junior Achievement of Lincoln, Inc: $5,000

Lincoln Children’s Museum: $10,000

Lincoln Community Playhouse: $7,500

Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO): $10,000

Rabble Mill: $10,000

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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