Community Grants

Lincoln Community Foundation makes grants to local nonprofits on an ongoing basis. The focus of and guidelines for our Community Grants are aligned around three priority areas:  nurture youth success from cradle to career, grow economic prosperity and enhance quality of life. Give To Lincoln Day is also a premier focus of our grantmaking.

If you are an organization seeking a grant from Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF), here’s what you need to know before you apply:

  • Grant applications are only accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations and others recognized by the IRS as qualified recipients of tax-deductible gifts
  • The Foundation does not consider grants for religious purposes, political activities, endowments, or programs that create an indefinite, long-term commitment by LCF
  • Grants to organizations that discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed or ethnic group are not considered
  • Organizations must be located or doing business in Lincoln/Lancaster County, with accessibility to underserved and underrepresented populations
  • Organizations will provide evidence of sound financial management, strong leadership and an engaged governing board
  • Organizations must show impact across a broad segment of the community as well as plans for sustainability

The application process for Community Grants is as follows:

  1. Contact the Vice President for Community Outreach at 402-474-2345 (or via email) to discuss the grant request. 
  2. Submit a Letter of Inquiry if invited to do so by LCF staff. 
  3. Submit the Grant Application Form if invited to do so by LCF staff. 
  4. Grant recipients are required to submit an Evaluation Form one year after receiving a grant award. 

Letter of Inquiry Deadline

Application Deadline

 Application Reviewed

November 1, 2017

December 12, 2017

 February 2018

May 1, 2018

June 15, 2018August 2018
 

See Grants Awarded »