Thank you, Lincoln!

Thank you, Lincoln!

FUND TOTAL, as of January 2021: $1,247,843, including $500,000 from the Strategic Partners



The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund has been established by the City of Lincoln, businesses, and philanthropic partners to rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in Lincoln that are working with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.



About the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund

Hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund will award operating grants to nonprofits that support vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic. Individual donors, institutions, companies, and other funders are encouraged to contribute to the Fund.

A coalition of partners, including the City of Lincoln, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, the Community Health Endowment, and other philanthropic and business partners, will work collaboratively to ensure the Fund has maximum reach and effectiveness. 

For details on how nonprofits request resources from the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund, please see the FAQs below. To review grants awarded by the fund click here

The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund will regrant 100% of the donations received. There are no fees assessed by the Lincoln Community Foundation.


  • General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to or call 402-474-2345.
  • For interested match partners, please contact President, Barbara Bartle
  • For media inquiries and interview requests contact: LCF - VP for Marketing, Jenny Chapin; Office of the Mayor - Manager, City Communications, Diane Gonzolas
  • For donations of other assets, contact VP for Finance, Scott Lawson 
  • To make a donation by check send to: 
    Lincoln Community Foundation
    215 Centennial Mall South, Ste. 100 
    Lincoln, NE 68508 

Special Thanks

Special thanks to those donors who made significant gifts of $5,000 or more to the response fund: 

Abel Foundation
Acklie Charitable Foundation
Community Health Endowment
Cooper Foundation
Garner Industries 
Greater Lincoln Chamber Foundation
Harbor of Dreams
Junior League of Lincoln
Lincoln Community Foundation
Rhonda Seacrest
The Sherwood Foundation
Susan Sehnert Stuart
Union Bank & Trust Company, Inc.
J.A. Woollam Foundation
Sue and Dan Anderson
Preeta D. Bansal
BKD Foundation
Black Hills Energy
Drs. Bob and Stacie Bleicher
Cornhusker Bank
Donlan Foundation
Dr. Ameeta Bansal Martin
National Research Corporation
Nationwide Foundation
Nebraska Presbyterian Foundation
Keith and Ruth Pearson
Peter Kiewit Foundation
Drs. Cary and Lisa Peterson
Dale and Donna Roehrs
Rotary Club #14
Sue and Al Saathoff
Sara and Jason Steele
Karen Stelling
Tom and Sue Tallman
Jim and Marlene Wagner


I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.

The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund will regrant 100% of the donations received. There are no fees assessed by the Lincoln Community Foundation.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

How do eligible nonprofits that align with the Fund’s focus areas request resources?
We encourage organizations to review the focus areas prior to applying. The focus areas of the Fund are outlined below. Applications will be submitted through the Lincoln Community Foundation’s online platform, Blackbaud Award Management. The application can be found here. Create an account on the application site to begin. After you confirm your account and login, you must click the application link here to access the application for the first time. Applications will be reviewed by the committee listed below and grant decisions will be communicated via email to nonprofit applicants. Applications will be accepted through February 11, 2021. They will be reviewed by the committee listed below, and grant decisions will be communicated via email to nonprofit applicants by the end of February.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Michelle Paulk at or 402-474-2345.

What are the focus areas of the Fund?
The first phase of grants will leverage relationships with nonprofits working with disproportionately affected communities, and are working to address:

  • The economic impact of reduced and lost work.
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures (e.g., access to food, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance with rent and mortgage, among others).
  • Increased demand for medical information and support.

Operating grants will be awarded to nonprofits in Lincoln that have strong experience with those most impacted by the crisis, including:

  • Basic needs for individuals impacted by COVID-19

  • Youth experiencing an education gap as a result of the pandemic

Given the dynamic nature of this moment, the Fund intends to provide grants on a rolling basis and adapt to changing circumstances.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund? 
The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Lincoln. 

What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?
Based upon the charitable structure of the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 public charities, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 public charity, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.

How will grantmaking decisions get made?
Final grantmaking decisions will be made by a Lincoln COVID-19 Response Committee comprised of the following individuals:

Cause Collective – Jason Varga  
City of Lincoln – Adelle Burk
Community-at-large – Preeta Bansal
Community-at-large – Marthaellen Florence
Community-at-large – Joann Martin
Community Health Endowment – Lori Seibel 
El Centro – Romeo Guerra  
Director of Lancaster County Human Services – Sara Hoyle 
Lincoln Community Foundation – Michelle Paulk 
Lincoln Public Schools – Pete Ferguson
Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development – Bryan Seck, Chair 
United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County – Meagan Liesveld, Vice Chair

I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the pandemic already and more will continue to be affected. The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Committee is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. If you are looking for resources now, go to

Grants awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund

Grant recipients were identified by a coalition including the City, LCF, the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED), the Community Health Endowment (CHE), and other philanthropic and business partners. The coalition is led by a committee chaired by Bryan Seck, Director of Workforce Development for LPED. Meagan Liesveld, Executive Director of the United Way serves as Vice Chair.

To make it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs, the Fund will continue to award operating grants as funds are available. The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the pandemic as efficiently as possible.

We continue to encourage everyone to give a "community helping hand” to the causes and organizations they care about, including those that are not included in this round of grants. 

Click here for more in-depth stories about the grants.

Grants addressing the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations

April 3, 2020
Asian Community & Cultural Center
CEDARS Youth Services    $25,000.00
Coddington Learning Center    $5,000.00
Community Action Partnership    $15,000.00
Faith Lutheran Touching Hearts    $2,500.00
Food Bank of Lincoln    $25,000.00
Food Fort    $7,500.00
Good Neighbor Community Center    $30,000.00
Merry Manor School of Childhood    $12,500.00
People's City Mission    $25,000.00
The Barnabas Community    $4,000.00
The Salvation Army    $25,000.00
Yazda    $5,000.00

April 10, 2020
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska    $30,000.00
Center for People in Need    $25,000.00
Clinic with a Heart    $20,000.00
Clyde Malone Community Center    $20,000.00
Disrupting Traffick    $3,000.00
El Centro de las Americas    $30,000.00
The HUB Central Access Point for Young Adults    $5,000.00
Lincoln Literacy    $10,000.00
MilkWorks    $8,000.00
Mystic Rhoads Productions Inc.    $8,000.00
Northeast Family Center    $15,000.00
Tabitha, Inc.    $15,000.00

April 17, 2020
Autism Family Network     $2,500.00
Belmont Community Center     $5,000.00
Center for Legal Immigration Assistance     $15,000.00
CenterPointe     $25,000.00
Civic Nebraska     $12,500.00
Educare Lincoln     $10,000.00
Foodnet Inc.     $14,000.00
HopeSpoke     $20,000.00
Lutheran Family Services     $15,000.00
Mental Health Association of Nebraska     $10,000.00
Willard Community Center     $10,000.00

April 24, 2020
Fresh Start 
India Association of Nebraska Lincoln     $2,500
Lincoln Medical Education Partnership     $10,000
Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach     $25,000
Nebraska Kidney Association     $10,000
Visiting Nurse Health Services     $10,500

May 1, 2020
The Bridge Behavioral Health   
Lincoln Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul     $15,000
St. Monica’s Life Changing Recovery for Women     $15,000
The Lincoln Tree of Hope     $7,500
National Center for Families Learning - Lincoln     $5,000
Transformations Thrift Store     $3,000
The Arc of Lincoln     $3,000

May 8, 2020
Food Bank of Lincoln     $25,000
Nebraska Health Care Foundation     $25,500
Bryan Foundation     $10,000

May 15, 2020
Nebraska Appleseed 
OutNebraska     $5,000 

June 18, 2020
Culture Centers of Lincoln     $65,000
Girls Inc. of Lincoln     $4,200

August, 2020
Malone Center     $30,000

Other Resources

•    MyLNK App – 

•    City of Lincoln -

•    Lincoln Chamber of Commerce -

•    Nebraska Children and Families -

•    Nebraska Appleseed -

•    Legal Aid of Nebraska -

•    United Way -

•    Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters -

•    Lincoln Prevention Common Fund - View attached flyer here