Prior Grant Awards

Grants Approved – May 2018

Crane River Theater, Kearney: $5,000
Toward operating support for the 2018 season of theatrical productions and arts education programs. 

Fresh Start: $15,000
For general operating support.

Girl Scouts – Spirit of Nebraska: $10,000
To expand the Refugee Outreach program to elementary schools in Lincoln. 

Lincoln Children’s Museum: $7,500
Support for outreach in collaboration with the Lincoln Public Schools Family Literacy program.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association: $5,000
For the Music Outreach Program.

LUX Center for the Arts: $15,000
Support for the Artist-in-Residence program.

Clyde Malone Community Center: $30,000
Toward general operating support. 

Multicultural Coalition, Grand Island: $12,000
Support for the Immigration Services Program (ISP), which will add immigration legal services for people in Central Nebraska.

National Audubon Society, Spring Creek Prairie, Denton: $12,000
For general operating support.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment: $15,000
Toward general operating support.

Nebraska Recycling Council: $9,795
Support for strategic planning.

Nebraska Writers Collective: $15,000
Challenge grant for Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB): Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival.

Rabble Mill: $20,000
For general operating support.

Sunrise Communications/KZUM Radio: $10,000
General operating support for KZUM.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education: $3,795
Support for a planning project to develop educational activities in the Prairie Corridor.

Grants Approved – March 2018

Bridges to Hope – $15,000
General operating support to provide donated furniture, clothing and household goods to men and women as they transition from correctional facilities back into the community.

Bright Lights – $10,000
General operating support.

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance – $15,000
Toward general operating to provide legal assistance to immigrants and refugees.

Child Advocacy Center – $15,000
Support for general operations of this agency that offers a safe, child-friendly environment for forensic interviews and medical evaluations for victims of child abuse, and provide advocacy and support for the child and their caregivers.

Community Services Fund – $6,000
Support for the 2018 campaign of this fundraising coalition, serving 64 diverse Nebraska nonprofit organizations.

Edgerton Education Foundation (Aurora, Nebraska) – $10,000
Support for the STEAM Ahead Scholarship program.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company – $5,000
For the 8th annual Flatwater Free Shakespeare summer tour presented in a variety of Lincoln parks.

Institute for Holocaust Education (Omaha, Nebraska) – $10,000
Support for state-wide work with teachers, students, and communities.

Lincoln Literacy – $12,500
Support for technology infrastructure and the integration of new technology innovations for students and teachers.

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation, – $10,000
Toward a campaign feasibility study for the proposed Lincoln Botanical Garden.

Malcolm Parent Teacher Organization 
(Malcolm, Nebraska) – $5,000

To expand the existing playground at Westfall Elementary School to create an inclusive play area that encourages physical activity, cognitive development, and imagination for children of all abilities.

Mourning Hope Grief Center – $15,000
General operating support for this organization that provides programming and support to young people and their families in times of grief.

Nebraska Trails Foundation – $10,000
Toward construction of the South Bridge that spans Salt Creek tributary in Wilderness Park.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jazz in June – $7,500
Support for the 2018 summer concert series.

Vision Maker Media – $5,000
Support for “We Are All Related,” the 7th Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival, April 20-26, 2018 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Wellbeing Initiative – $15,000
Toward the expansion of the peer training program.

YWCA Lincoln – $25,000
To support the new Finance Manager staff position.

Grants Approved – December 2017

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools – $10,000
Challenge grant toward scholarships for the Spark Summer Learning Program.

Human Services Federation – $4,090
Toward strategic planning.

Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity – $15,000
Support for the Volunteer Coordinator staff position.

Lincoln Medical Education Partnership – $12,000
Toward the Stepping Stones program that supports families by connecting them with resources, offering parent education, meeting basic food needs and offering support for those struggling with substance abuse.

Lincoln Orchestra Association – $12,000
General operating support for the 2017-2018 concert season.

Meadowlark Music Festival – $10,000

Support for the 2018 Festival.

Men with Dreams – $12,000
General operating support for youth mentoring programs.

Metropolitan Opera/Nebraska Auditions – $1,000
Support for the 2017-2018 Nebraska auditions.

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

Platte River Whooping Crane Management Trust, Wood River, Nebraska – $15,000
Toward the removal/burial of a power line along the border of the newly acquired parcel, Martin Meadows, a native area that provides an important foraging site for migrating whooping cranes and sandhill cranes.


School District 145 Foundation for Education, Waverly, Nebraska – $7,500
Toward the Stike Up the Band Campaign to purchase new band instruments and equipment for the Waverly school district.

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

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lied Center for Performing Arts – $10,000
Toward the Science of Sound Camp and Teacher Workshop.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Thompson Forum – $16,061
Toward the E.N. Thompson Forum 2018-2019 season.

Grants Approved – September 2017

CASA for Lancaster County – $15,000
For operating support to specifically expand a Volunteer Coordinator position to full-time.

El Centro de las Americas – $15,000
Toward the Executive Assistant staff position.

Food Bank of Lincoln – $15,000
Toward the Child Hunger programs for the 2017-18 school year to provide more food to more kids.

Lincoln Choral Artists – $3,000
Toward general operating support for the 2017-18 concert season.

Nebraska Conservation Education Fund – $10,000
Support for the Common Ground program which focuses on conservation issues regarding water, soil, habitat, recycling, and clean energy in local communities.

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum – $10,000
Toward general operating support.

South of Downtown Community Development Organization – $10,000
For general operating support towards the South of Downtown community initiative.

TeamMates Mentoring Program – $15,000
Toward general operating support for Lincoln TeamMates.

The Arc of Lincoln – $10,000
For general operations.

United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County – $18,602
For the 2017 annual campaign.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center on Children, Families and the Law – $10,000
Toward the newly formed Children’s Justice Clinic to train third-year law students to become Guardians ad Litem in Nebraska’s Juvenile Court System.

Voices of Hope – $15,000
Toward general operations to provide victim advocacy, crisis intervention, and safety planning services.

Grants Approved – May 2017

ACLU of Nebraska – $15,000
Operating support for the protection and defense of civil rights and liberties for all Nebraskans.

Camp Summergold – $5,000
To provide tuition assistance and transportation for girls from Lincoln to attend the residential summer camp, located in Aurora, Nebraska, focused on the arts, STEM education and personal growth.

CEDARS Youth Services – $15,000
In support of the Bridges Transitional Living Program for at-risk youth, ages 16-24, who are homeless or who have aged out of the foster care system.

Friendship Home – $15,000
General operating support for the expansion of emergency shelter and supportive services for 2017.


Hear Nebraska – $10,000
General operating support for this organization that promotes Nebraska music and art through music journalism, education, and events.

Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters – $10,000
General operating support.

Legal Aid of Nebraska – $10,000
General operating support for Lincoln activities.

Lincoln Bike Kitchen – $6,250
General operating funding to support rent, utilities, and the purchase of bike-specific tools for this organization that provides free bicycles, helmets, and bike repairs.

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation – $5,500
In support for a free summer concert series at Union Plaza on Friday evenings, from June through October 2017.

Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) – $4,050
To support a video documentary about David Stewart, “The Accidental Artist,” highlighting his home and studio space in Hastings, Nebraska.

Nebraska Shakespeare – $5,000
General operating support for the 12th season of the statewide Shakespeare on Tour program.

Nebraskans for Civic Reform – $10,000
In support of the New American Civic Action Program to educate and engage immigrant and refugee populations in the civic process.

Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning (Hastings, NE) – $10,000
General operating support for the Experiential Education Program to create cultural connections to people, food, and the land.

St. Monica’s– $10,000
For general operating support.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Repertory Theatre – $7,500
Support for the Nebraska Rep in its relaunch as a year-round professional theatre.

Grants Approved – March 2017

Child Guidance Center $12,000
Toward general operating support, specifically for outpatient mental health services for children and families who are unable to pay.

Community Services Fund of Nebraska $6,000
Support for the 2017 campaign of this fundraising coalition, serving 62 diverse Nebraska nonprofit organizations.

Institute for Holocaust Education $10,000
Toward the staff position of Education Coordinator, to support training and professional development for teachers and programs and educational activities for students across Nebraska.

Lincoln Literacy $10,000
General operating support.

Lux Center for the Arts $15,000
Toward the annual Artist-In-Residence program.

Nature Conservancy $10,000
Toward the purchase of the Uridil Tract, from the Crane Trust, one of the biggest single parcels left on the Central Platte.

Nebraska Appleseed $10,000
Operating support for the Economic Justice Program, which will help improve the financial security and quality of life for low-income working families.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment $15,000
General operating support.

Nebraska Folklife Network $8,000
To support a fieldwork survey to document an average of 30 traditional artists, 10 each in three Natural Resource Districts (NRDs) in western Nebraska.

Nebraska Land Trust $15,000
Operating support for 2017, to include land protection efforts in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge and a new initiative in the Lower Platte Valley.

Seniors Foundation of Lincoln & Lancaster County $15,000
Toward the staff position of Executive Director.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jazz in June $10,000
Support for the 2017 summer concert series.

University of Nebraska State Museum  $12,000
Toward a new temporary exhibit, “Guts and Glory: A Parasite Story,” opening April 22, 2017.

Willard Community Center $15,000
Toward general operating support, specifically to offset additional expenses of relocating programming during their major renovation.

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