Cooper Foundation Focuses Grantmaking in Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. —  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Foundation has changed its grantmaking to focus on the critical needs of nonprofit organizations and those they serve. Grants will be awarded monthly for unrestricted general operating support with a simplified application process through September, 2020.

“Our streamlined application process will aid nonprofits that are on the front lines of this pandemic, and those that find themselves with critical operating needs due to lost revenue and changes in programs and services. Our goal is to help our nonprofit partners meet the most urgent needs, and to reduce the administrative work related to our grants,” said Foundation President Victoria Grasso. Information about the new grant application process is available on the Foundation’s website at:

At their meeting in March, the Cooper Foundation board contributed $10,000 to the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund, joining as a strategic partner with a coalition of leaders from across philanthropy, government and business. This fund is housed at the Lincoln Community Foundation and will rapidly deploy resources to nonprofit organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Lincoln. To donate or apply for funding, visit

Cooper Foundation contributed $10,000 to the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools for the LPS: COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund to support LPS students and families who are in need of emergency funds. To learn more about the fund and to donate, visit:

In addition, the Foundation awarded program and operating grants to seven nonprofit organizations (located in Lincoln, Nebraska unless otherwise noted).

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln: $5,000

Community Services Fund of Nebraska: $5,000

Multicultural Coalition (Grand Island, NE): $7,500

Nebraska Appleseed: $7,500

Nebraska Civic Engagement Table: $5,000

Nebraska Land Trust: $7,500

Nebraskans for the Arts (Omaha, NE): $5,000

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 and humanities, civic and community engagement, community improvement, education, environment, and human services, primarily in Lincoln and Lancaster County. For more information about grant eligibility and the application process visit the foundation’s web site,


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