Nebraska Foundations

These foundations include education in their fields of interest. Before applying for a grant, contact the Grants Administrator to discuss your project and whether it fits within their current funding guidelines. 

The Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities within the State of Nebraska, with primary emphasis on Lincoln, Omaha, and Western Nebraska. Initial approach is through the foundation’s online Grant Interest Form, providing information about your organization and the proposed grant. Fliers or brochures that explain the grant in greater detail can also be emailed to The Foundation’s Board of Trustees will review your Grant Interest Form and email the contact person informing your organization of whether or not the Foundation would like you to fill in the Grant Application Form or the Foundation is declining to move forward with your grant request. If the Foundation would like you to fill in the Grant Application Form, it will be attached to the email along with instructions.
Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation
P.O. Box 83286
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501
Telephone: (402) 435-0409

Initial approach is by a letter of interest, mailed to:
Acklie Charitable Foundation
P.O. Box 81228
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501
Telephone: (402) 475-9521

The Theodore G. Baldwin Foundation requires initial approach by letter, with one copy of proposal mailed to Michael W. Baldwin. Deadline: September 30th. The foundation’s board meets the fourth quarter of each calendar year. Final notification is given by December 31.
The Theodore G. Baldwin Foundation
2033 Central Ave.
P.O. Box 922
Kearney, Nebraska 68847
Telephone: (308) 234-9889

The Hollis and Helen Baright Foundation makes donations to worthwhile projects, primarily in the greater Omaha metropolitan area and, secondarily, in the State of Nebraska.
Contact Person: Thomas Van Robays
The Hollis and Helen Baright Foundation
9290 W. Dodge Road, Suite 202
Omaha, Nebraska 68114

The Oliver and Ferrol Barklage Foundation Trust’s fields of interest include Education, Environment. and Children and Youth.
Contact Person: Richard H. Sieling
The Oliver and Ferrol Barklage Foundation Trust
2540 North 55 Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68104
Telephone: (402) 551-5375

The Clifton B. and Anne S. Batchelder Foundation’s areas of interest include Education and Children and Youth.
Contact Person: John K. Boyer
The Batchelder Foundation
409 S. 17th Street, Suite 500
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Telephone: (402) 393-1850

The Blair Area Community Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Washington County, Nebraska. The Foundation collects funds, distributes gifts, makes grants, manages designated funds and scholarships, and provides resources that benefit both the local community and donors. Grant applications are accepted by the Blair Area Community Foundation once a year. The deadline is October. All submissions are reviewed and final notification given to applicants by December 1. The Grant Request Form is available online, which can be downloaded as a PDF.
Blair Area Community Foundation
1646 Washington Street
Blair, Nebraska 68008
Telephone: (402) 426-2810

The Thomas D. Buckley Trust’s fields of interest include education and community-oriented programs. The Trust’s giving is primarily focused in Nebraska, with an emphasis on Chappell and surrounding counties. The Trustees meet monthly to review all requests. All organizations will be notified in writing if their request was approved or denied by the Executive Director as soon after the monthly meeting as possible. All organizations awarded grants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement setting forth the requirements for the grant.  At the completion of their project, the Trust requires the Grant Completion Report be filled out and returned. Both the Grant Agreements and the Grant Completion Reports will be kept in the grant files by the Executive Director.
Contact Person: Connie Loos, Executive Director
The Thomas D. Buckley Trust
P.O. Box 647
Chappell, Nebraska 69129
Telephone: (308) 874-2929

The Cooper Foundation’s mission is to support well-established and sustainable nonprofit organizations with strong fiscal management and highly-engaged staff and board members. The foundation looks for compelling programs and strategies, innovative ideas and ventures of significant promise that demonstrate how their funding can help move forward an important idea, program or organization. The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations located in and working in Nebraska, primarily Lincoln and Lancaster County. Requests from outside this area must serve a regional or statewide area and meet the foundation’s highest funding priorities. Funding priorities include Education and the Environment. The Cooper Foundation rarely is the sole funder of a proposal. Applications are accepted only from nonprofit organizations that have contacted the foundation and been asked to submit a proposal.
Contact Person: Victoria Kovar, Program Officer
Telephone: (402) 476-7571
The Cooper Foundation
1248 O Street, Suite 870
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

The Robert B. Daugherty Foundation accepts requests for funding through an online application process. Applicants are encouraged to review the following information prior to beginning the Grant Application process: What You Will Need to Apply, Tips for Applying Online, and FAQ for Applicants. The Foundation will respond by email to the submitting organization confirming receipt of the Grant Application. Applicants will be notified by email if additional information is required. Grant proposals that have matching funds available are given preference over proposals without matching funds. Applicants may submit one grant application per calendar year, whether successful in receiving a grant or not. All grant recipients will be required to execute a Grant Agreement with the Foundation.  The Grant Agreement will specifically contain a requirement for a subsequent certified statement that the funds received from the Foundation have been used for the purposes set forth in the Grant Application.
Robert B. Daugherty Foundation
One Valmont Plaza, Suite 202
Omaha, Nebraska 68154
Phone: 402-933-4663

Request a grant application by email or by writing to the foundation at the address below.
Joe Kerrigan, President
The Dillon Foundation
P.O. Box 6368
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

The Fremont Area Community Foundation funds grants in Fremont, Nebraska, and surrounding communities. To apply for a grant, submit the online application form with supporting documentation. The form provides complete instructions on the grant application process. The Grants Committee meets four times per year to review funding requests and make recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.

Contact the foundation to request an application form.
Gardner Foundation
307 Main Street
P.O. Box 629
Wakefield, Nebraska 68784
Telephone: (402) 287-2538

The Grand Island Community Foundation grant program is designed to help address unmet charitable needs and unique opportunities in the Hall County area. The Foundation reviews requests bi-annually. Agencies are encouraged to contact the Grand Island Community Foundation prior to submitting a proposal to discuss the appropriateness of the request. Grant amounts vary from $50 – $5,000 based on the project and availability of funds. The application form is on the foundation’s website. Grant deadlines are May 1st and November 1st by 4:00 pm. When the 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, grant applications will be due the Monday immediately following. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Grants submitted become the property of the Grand Island Community Foundation and may be shared with community donors. If you have any questions regarding the grant application process, call (308) 381-7767 or contact the foundation through an online form.
Grand Island Community Foundation
1811 W. 2nd Street, Suite 365
Grand Island, Nebraska 68803
Web Link:

Applicants should submit the following in an initial proposal:
1. statement of the problem the project will address
2. listing of key people involved in the proposal and their affiliations
Contact Person: Doug Larson
The Harper Family Foundation
6625 State Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68152
Telephone: (402) 571-6612

The Hastings Community Foundation mainly funds projects in the Hastings area. Contact the foundation to discuss your project prior to applying.
Contact Person: Susan Poppe, Office Manager
Hastings Community Foundation, Inc.
800 West 3rd Street, Suite 232
Hastings, Nebraska 68901
Telephone: (402-462-5152

The B. Keith & Norma F. Heuermann Foundation accepts grant proposals any time during the year, with emphasis on organizations engaged in projects in Nebraska’s rural areas. Proposals should be in the range of $1,000 to $25,000.
The Heuermann Foundation
2720 S. 117th Street
P.O. Box 542080
Omaha, Nebraska 68154
Telephone: (402) 827-6990

The Hirschfeld Family Foundation’s primary funding field is education. Call to request an application, which includes complete instructions for the application process.
The Hirschfeld Family Foundation
3606 4th Avenue
Kearney, Nebraska 68845
Telephone (308) 238-2480

The Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation’s funding support includes private education and matching funds. The foundation sponsors a scholarship program for Omaha World-Herald newspaper carriers.
The Hitchcock Foundation
209 South 19th Street, Suite 151
Omaha, Nebraska 68132
Telephone: (402) 305-0043

The Holland Foundation includes education as a primary funding area. To apply for funding, send the following documentation to the address below: cover letter, description of the organization and the project, financial information about both, and a statement about the benefits that will be derived if the grant is funded. Applications may be submitted any time during the year.
Contact Person: Richard D. Holland
The Holland Foundation
1501 S. 80th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68124

The Kearney Area Community Foundation gives grants to nonprofit organizations for programs and/or projects that will enhance the quality of life for residents in the Kearney area and surrounding communities. The Grant Application form and guidelines are available online or by calling the foundation at (308) 237-3114. Applicants can also call this number to discuss a grant idea, verify qualification of the project, or ask any additional questions about the application process. The deadlines are February 1 or August 1. Mail nine photocopies of the application and two copies of the required supporting documents to:
Kearney Area Community Foundation
412 W. 48th Street, Suite 12
Kearney, Nebraska 68845

The Richard P. and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation supports innovative ideas that promise substantial improvements in the quality of community and rural life in Nebraska and Iowa. Visit the website for information regarding grant guidelines for application submission. One copy of the proposal is needed. Applications are generally reviewed within one to three months of receipt.
The Kimmel Charitable Foundation
8555 Executive Woods Drive, Suite 600
Lincoln, Nebraska 68512
Telephone: (402) 475-1797

To apply for funding, send a letter to the address below. There is no deadline.
The Kind World Foundation
1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 425
Omaha, Nebraska 68124
Telephone: (402)-697-8000

The Lexington Community Foundation provides financial assistance for programs and/or projects, which will enhance the quality of life for residents of the Lexington community. The Executive Committee of the LCF will evaluate grant applications. If the grant meets the foundation’s eligibility requirements, the committee will recommend the grant for approval by the Board of Directors. The grant application as well as the foundation’s guidelines and policies are available on the foundation’s website.
Lexington Community Foundation
607 N. Washington Street
P.O. Box 422
Lexington, NE 68850
Telephone: (308) 324-6704

The Lincoln Community Foundation awards competitive grants to organizations and institutions that contribute to the quality of life and welfare of the people of Lincoln and Lancaster County. Grant application and evaluation process:

  1. Contact the Vice President for Community Outreach at 402-474-2345 or by email: to discuss the grant request.
  2. Submit a Letter of Inquiry if invited to do so by foundation staff.
  3. Submit the Grant Application Form if invited to do so by Foundation staff.
  4. Grant recipients are required to submit an Evaluation Form one year after receiving a grant award. Letter of Inquiry deadlines are posted on the website.
    Garnet I. Larson Educational Assistance Fund: $980 is available for individuals in Lancaster County who are seeking self-sufficiency through education and/or vocational training. Nonprofits may nominate an individual (preference given to women) to receive this financial assistance to support accredited and non-accredited educational/vocational training. Fund description and nomination guidelines are available on the foundation’s website.

Lincoln Community Foundation
215 Centennial Mall S, Suite 100
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Telephone: (402) 474-2345

The Midlands Community Foundation awards grants that assist with community development by improving and enhancing the quality of life for residents in the Sarpy and Cass County areas. The application is available on the website or by calling the office. School-based grant requests must submit a written confirmation letter that the proposed program has been reviewed and accepted by the selected school district(s). Timeline: Grant applications are due by February 1 or August 1 of each year. Grants are awarded twice per year: April for the February 1 deadline and October for the August 1 deadline. Applications must be mailed or hand delivered; no applications will be accepted by fax or email. Send 10 copies of the completed application, along with the application saved on a compact disc/flash drive, no later than 5:00 p.m. to:
Midlands Community Foundation
217 North Jefferson Street
Papillion, Nebraska 68046
Telephone: (402) 991-8027

The Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation accepts grant applications for projects that benefit people and qualified nonprofit organizations in the Nebraska counties of Custer, Dawson, Frontier, Hayes, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, and Perkins. An initial approach by letter, email, or telephone is recommended. The application form and policy guidelines are available from the foundation. Deadlines for nonprofit project grant applications are January 15, April 15, September 15, and December 15. The foundation’s board of Directors meets at least quarterly.
Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, Inc.
Office Address: 120 N. Dewey Street
North Platte, Nebraska 68101
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1321
North Platte, Nebraska 68103
Telephone: (308) 534-3315

The Nebraska Environmental Trust accepts grant applications annually, usually in September. Before submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact the Trust and discuss their concept with staff for assistance in meeting application requirements. Application forms, instructions, and a current calendar are available on the Trust’s website. Completed applications can be submitted electronically or mailed. Following the application deadline, proposals are reviewed to be sure all required materials have been included. A summary of the applications is posted on the website to encourage public comment on proposals during the review cycle. Website:

Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln championed legislation that created the Gap Assistance Program during the 2015 Nebraska Legislative session. The program will begin July 1, 2016, and will receive 9 percent of the available Nebraska Lottery funds set aside for education every year. This equates to about $1.4 million for FY 2016-17. Gap Program funds will be distributed to the state’s six community colleges, which will recruit and select eligible low-income students in eligible programs to receive grants.  Student grants can be used for tuition, direct training costs, required books and equipment, and fees. “Eligible programs” include renewable energy. To learn more about the program, click this link:

The Phelps County Community Foundation’s grants program provides a means by which nonprofit organizations may secure financial assistance for projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for residents of Phelps County, Nebraska. The recommended initial approach is to talk with the staff at the foundation about your project or plans. Develop a comprehensive project plan that includes timelines, proposed project budget, objectives, etc. For competitive grants, application deadlines are April 1 and October 1, with announcement of awards in May and November.
Contact Person: Vickie Klein, Executive Director
Phelps County Community Foundation
504 Fourth Avenue
Holdrege, Nebraska 68949
Telephone: (308) 995-6847

The Ryan Foundation provides an online application form that asks applicants for general background information on their organization or institution, a description of the proposal, amount requested, and the proposed budget.
Contact Person: Dr. Wayne Ryan
The Ryan Foundation
P.O Box 45625
Omaha, Nebraska 68145

The Sherwood Foundation includes Omaha Public Schools as a funding category. Before submitting an application, Omaha Public Schools employees must first contact the OPS Grants Director: Telephone (402) 557-2151.
The Sherwood Foundation
3555 Farnam Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
Telephone: (402) 341-1717

The Valmont Foundation requires an applicant to contact the foundation to request grant guidelines.
The Valmont Foundation
1 Valmont Plaza, 5th Floor
Omaha, Nebraska 68154
Telephone: (402) 963-1000

The Weller Foundation awards scholarships to qualified students attending a technical community college in Nebraska or pursuing other vocational education. Scholarships are limited to Nebraska, with primary consideration for residents of Holt, Boyd, Brown, Rock, Keya, Paha and Garfield counties. One application form is used for the fall semester and one for the spring semester. Final notification given within 30 days of the deadlines.
Weller Foundation, Inc
PO Box 636
Atkinson, Nebraska 68713
Telephone: (402) 925-2803

The Woods Charitable Fund only accepts applications from nonprofit organizations that have communicated with the foundation and have been asked to complete an application form. Contact the foundation by telephone or by sending a 2-page letter of intent, including budget information, by mail or email. If your organization is asked to complete an application, read the list of considerations the Board of Directors makes when reviewing a grant proposal. If your organization receives a grant, you will be asked to sign a grant agreement form requiring online reports on use of the grant in relation to the original proposal objectives and program results. A selected number of grantees may be asked to participate in a post-grant evaluation to study program accomplishments in more depth. Contact Persons: Pam Baker, Executive Director; Tom Woods, Program Officer
Woods Charitable Fund, Inc.
1248 O St, Suite 1130
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Telephone: (402) 436-5971 Fax: 402-742-0123

The York Community Foundation does not ordinarily fund entire projects or programs. Preference is given to organizations that have raised a portion of the required funds, and/or enlisted the financial support of other organizations. Grants are awarded for a definite purpose, and for a specific period of time. Visit the website for more information.
Contact Person: Layla Boyce, Grants and Scholarship Program Administrator
Telephone: (717) 848-3733 / Email:
The York Community Foundation
603 North Lincoln Avenue
York, Nebraska 68467
Telephone: (402) 362-5531