Grants Awarded

LCF Approves $1.23 million in Local Distribution

At the August, 2017, board meeting, The Lincoln Community Foundation board approved distribution of $1.23 million to local nonprofit organizations. The total includes $480,000 in grants to 18 local nonprofits. Additionally, $250,000 will support the Give to Lincoln Day 2018 Match Pool.

A new match pool of $200,000 was approved for designated funds. The Lincoln Community Foundation will provide a 10% match for new gifts to endowed funds that support Lincoln nonprofit organizations and houses of worship. This match opportunity will run through December 2018 or until the match pool is dispersed.

In support of the Prosper Lincoln community agenda, LCF has made a mission investment in the form of a $300,000 second mortgage loan to the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation to help the organization acquire a new building. The space located at 7700 A Street will offer a second Dimensions Educations Programs location, providing quality early childhood education for 80 additional children. Approximately one-third of the placements will go to lower and moderate income families based on scholarships and a sliding fee scale.  The additional site will provide 11 new, living-wage jobs. Situated near a wooded area, the preschool will include a Nature Explore outdoor classroom. 

The Lincoln Community Foundation distributed $158,000 in community grants to local nonprofit organizations. These grants are made possible by contributions from the Lincoln Forever Fund and from a number of LCF donor endowment funds.  Organizations that received funding include:

Bright Lights - $10,000
Scholarship support for students in Title I Schools

Child Guidance Center - $10,000
Infrastructure upgrades and capital improvements

Clinic With a Heart - $10,000
General operating support

El Centro de las Americas - $9,000
General operating support 

Junior Achievement of Lincoln - $5,000
Expansion of “It’s My Business” middle school curriculum

Legal Aid of Nebraska - $10,000
Capital improvements

Lincoln Literacy - $10,000
English Language and Literacy Academy

Lincoln Medical Education Partnership - $10,000
School Community Intervention & Prevention program

Lincoln Orchestra Association -$5,000
Social Impact Program and Family Literacy Partnership 

Live Well. Go Fish - $10,000
Outdoor experience for seniors, youth, veterans and people with disabilities

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital - $19,000
Community Medical Transportation program 

Men with Dreams - $5,000
Program support to reduce juvenile recidivism rate 

Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law - $10,000
Increase SNAP Employment & Training Program access

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation - $10,000
Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) program

Old Cheney Farmers’ Market - $5,000
SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks program support 

Released and Restored - $10,000
General operating support 

Salvation Army - $5,000
Shield Fine Arts Academy 

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center - $5,000
Haines Branch Prairie Corridor