The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund was established on March 20, 2020 by the City of Lincoln, businesses, and philanthropic partners. Since the fund was launched, more than $1.2M has been granted to 66 nonprofit organizations in Lincoln that are working with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

To address the emerging needs of our community, contributions to the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund will be directed to the Lincoln Prevention Assistance Common (LPAC) Fund to distribute housing and utility assistance to Lincoln residents impacted by COVID-19.

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About the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund

Hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation, the first phase of the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund awarded operating grants to nonprofits that support vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic. To help address the emerging needs of our community, donations will be directed to the Lincoln Prevention Assistance Common (LPAC) Fund to distribute housing and utility assistance to Lincoln residents impacted by COVID-19. 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. 

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

Questions

  • General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to lcf@lcf.org 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
Allo
Ameritas
Community Health Endowment
Cooper Foundation
Garner Industries 
Greater Lincoln Chamber Foundation
Harbor of Dreams
Junior League of Lincoln
Lincoln Community Foundation
Nelnet
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

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
    $7,500.00
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 
   $20,000
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   
 $25,000
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 
   $5,000
OutNebraska     $5,000 

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

August 2020
Malone Center     $30,000

February 2021
Arc of Lincoln      $3,000.00
Asian Community & Cultural Center      $7,500.00
Barnabas Community      $15,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln      $5,000.00
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County      $5,000.00
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska      $15,000.00
CEDARS Youth Services      $12,500.00
Center for Legal Immigration Assistance      $10,000.00
Center for People in Need      $20,000.00
Civic Nebraska      $5,000.00
Community Action Partnership      $20,000.00
Down Syndrome Association for Families      $3,000.00
Educare Lincoln      $5,000.00
El Centro de las Americas      $20,000.00
Family Service Lincoln      $15,000.00
Food Fort      $10,000.00
Fresh Start      $7,500.00
HUB Central Access Point for Young Adults      $6,500.00
Lincoln Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul      $10,000.00
Lincoln Literacy      $10,000.00
Lincoln Prevention Assistance Common Fund      $50,000.00
Malone Center      $10,000.00
Mourning Hope Grief Center      $5,000.00
Mystic Rhoads Productions Inc.      $15,000.00
Open Shelf Community Initiatives      $5,000.00
St. Monica's Home      $7,500.00
Tabitha Inc.      $15,000.00
United Way for Lancaster Community Response      $10,000.00
Volunteer Lawyers Project (Nebraska Lawyers Foundation)      $5,000.00

Other Resources

•    MyLNK App – https://lincolnne.mylnk.app/categories. 

•    City of Lincoln - https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/covid19/

•    Lincoln Chamber of Commerce - https://www.lcoc.com/coronavirus-resources

•    Nebraska Children and Families - https://www.nebraskachildren.org/covid-19-information-and-resources.html

•    Nebraska Appleseed - https://neappleseed.org/covid19resources

•    Legal Aid of Nebraska - https://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/2020/03/24/covid-19-information-resources/

•    United Way - http://www.unitedwaylincoln.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Resources-WEBSITE.pdf

•    Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters - https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index

•    Lincoln Prevention Common Fund - View attached flyer here