Grants Awarded

The Lincoln Community Foundation distributes community grants to local nonprofit organizations through Open Door Grants. These grants are made possible by contributions from the Lincoln Forever Fund and from LCF donor endowment funds. The following organizations received grant dollars in the specified quarter during 2023.

Lincoln Community Foundation Awards $136,817 in Q4 2023 to Support 24 Local Nonprofits

Barnabas Community, Inc.
Operating support

Belmont Community Center
AC system for gymnasium

Bright Lights    
Student scholarships for summer enrichment camps

Camp Floyd Rogers    
Scholarships for Lancaster County children with diabetes to attend camp

Citizens for Improved Transit (Fiscal Sponsorship Fund at LCF)    
Purchase StarTran bus passes for low-income individuals

City of Lincoln - Police Department    
Operating support to fund staff in the Victim Assistance Unit

Civic Nebraska    
Afterschool tutoring programs at Lincoln High School and Lincoln Northeast High School

Friends of Lied - Lied Center for the Performing Arts    
Kinetic Lights program educational/outreach opportunities

Friendship Home of Lincoln   
Operating support

Good Life Community Development - Ybor Second Chance Kitchen    
On-site culinary education at Community Correction Center

HONESTy Project   
Funding for licensing and insurance of semi-truck and trailer to be used as educational tool

Legal Aid of Nebraska    
Operating support

Lincoln Housing Authority     
30th annual Lincoln Northeast High School student build house

Lincoln Literacy    
Operating support

Military & Veteran Success Center - UNL    
Additional tutoring services for military connected students

Operating support

Mourning Hope Grief Center    
Grief support programming and grief first aid kits at LPS

Nebraska Appleseed    
Fellowship for Spanish language translator for Community Assistance Line

Nebraska Soccer Club    
Afterschool soccer programming with focus on immigrant and refugee populations

Northeast Family Center    
Operating support

Republic of South Sudan (ROSS) Leaders    
Funding for Career Exploration Initiative/college tours

Special Olympics Nebraska    
Support for Unified Champion Schools programming

Sunrise Communications dba KZUM    
Community Voices internship program

We Can Do This, INC    
Support for food program - weekend meals, food pantry, and grocery store vouchers


Lincoln Community Foundation Awards $135,700 in Q3 2023 to Support 22 Local Nonprofits

Asian Communty and Cultural Center    
Sponsor for Welcoming Week 2023 through Lincoln/Lancaster New American Task Force

BraveBe Child Advocacy Center    
Operating support

Bryan Health Foundation    
Bryan Health Pathways Program

Cause Collective    
Jumpstart Program

Dimensions Education Programs    
Outdoor classroom

DreamCatchers Ride, Inc.    
Operating support

Food Bank of Lincoln    
Replacement of food donation barrels

Girls on the Run of Nebraska    
After school programming

Heartland Cancer Foundation    
Operating support

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors    
Pet Food Bank 

Lincoln Arts Council    
Sponsorship for Mayor's Arts Awards

Lincoln Children's Zoo    
Sponsorship of Zoo Lights

Lincoln Indian Center    
Operating support, to include mower and freezer purchase

Funding to implement Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program

LUX Center for the Arts    
2023 Emerge LNK Mural and Street Arts Festival

Project Connect (Lincoln Homeless Coalition event)    
Animal services during Project Connect

Operating support

ROAM Share (dba BikeLNK)    
Operating support 

Solidago Conservancy    
Operating support

Meals on Wheels program

The Foundry Community    
UNL Honors students to serve as nonprofit interns with Intern Foundry

United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County     
Funding for community-wide volunteer platform, Get Connected


Lincoln Community Foundation Awards $97,300 in Q2 2023 to Support 17 Local Nonprofits

Atlas Lincoln    
Operating support

Cultural Centers of Lincoln    
Capacity and infrastructure building activities 

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools    
Special education assistive technology program

Jazz in June    
2023 Jazz in June

Mercy Housing Midwest    
Funding for Resident Services Program

Mosaic in Southeast Nebraska    
Obie projector

Proyecto Cultural    
Funding for repair and replacement of damaged sewer line and other facility repairs

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln    
Operating Support

ECHO Collective    
Operating Support

Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries    
Meeting room video-conferencing equipment

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska    
Support for community-based children and family services in Lancaster County

Nebraska Safety Council    
Scholarships for CPR/AED certification for low-income residents at local Recreation Centers

Autism Center of Nebraska    
Funding for the Art Garden

Branched Oak Observatory    
Operating support

Educare Lincoln    
Operating support

Great Plains Art Museum    
Funding for “Threads & Trails: Contemplations of Our Herstories”

Nebraska Civic Engagement Table    
Operating support


Lincoln Community Foundation Awards $103,369 in Q1 2023 to Support 18 Local Nonprofits

City of Lincoln - Urban Development
Lead mitigation efforts

Office of Diversity and Inclusion - UNL
Launch of Institute for Inclusive Innovation

History Nebraska Foundation
Programming for two traveling exhibits from Smithsonian

Launch Leadership
Operating support

TADA Productions, Inc
Support for 15th anniversary season programming

Capital Humane Society
Landscaping and beautification efforts at Pieloch Pet Center and Admission & Assessment Center

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Renovations to outdoor facilities at the Head Start location at 1843 K Street

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Lincoln Outreach Summer Series Day Camp program

Lincoln Littles
Purchase of weather radios for childcare programs 

Meadowlark Music Festival
2023 season support

Rabble Mill
Operating support

Voices of Hope
Operating support

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance
Operating support

Clyde Malone Community Center
Operating support

Family Service Lincoln
Infant supplies for WIC clients attending Spring Baby Shower

Girls Incorporated of Lincoln
Support for Eureka!, a summer STEM college and career preparatory program for 8th-12th grade girls

Lincoln Council Saint Vincent de Paul
Operating support

Operating support