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Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits and Agencies for Education, Early
Childhood, and Urban and Rural Community Development Programs

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The Sherwood Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 12:00 Midnight


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Grants to Nebraska nonprofits, government agencies, and churches for projects and operating support to organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for Nebraska residents. Funding is specifically intended to support programs that focus on the areas of public education, early childhood development, and strengthening both rural and urban communities.

Priorities and further information regarding each of the focus areas are outlined below.

- Urban Community Partnerships:

The Foundation's work in Nebraska’s urban communities focuses on family stability and child well-being with an overarching emphasis on community context. Using a two-generation approach, the Foundation is interested in the relationship between direct service provision and the greater systems that impact a community. Applicants are wise to cite specific research that influences a service model or approach to solving a community challenge.

- Rural Community Partnerships:

Through these grants, the Foundation promotes local capacity to address locally-identified priorities and thereby strengthen the common good. Requests from communities outside of the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas are considered on an ongoing basis.

The following priorities guide Rural Community Partnership grants:

- Community leadership development that helps local community members expand and deepen their skills and experiences to better serve their home community through learning and innovation.
- Community inclusion that is broad-based and intentionally developed to leverage the diverse skills and perspectives of community members in service to the benefits and responsibilities of community life.
- Community collaboration that aligns stakeholders and resources in order to strategically build upon and utilize locally-controlled assets.

- Early Childhood Education:

The Foundation supports early childhood education on a regional and national basis through The Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172898

Term of Contract:

Multiple-year grant requests are accepted for program/project grants, but rarely does the Foundation make multi-year gifts.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify, an organization must:
- Be classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), a government entity or a church and must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
- Be located within the state of Nebraska (If located outside of Nebraska, funds can only be used for projects within the state of Nebraska)

Grantees must be an active and dues paying member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM).

Projects or programs that are declined are not eligible for reconsideration.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline is August 1st at 12:00 midnight annually.

Requests for rural community partnerships from communities outside of the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas are considered on an ongoing basis.

The Sherwood Foundation only accepts online applications.

Applicants will receive notification via email within 90 business days of the deadline on the status of their application.

If you are an employee of the Omaha Public Schools, you must attach a letter of approval from the District before submitting an application.

Note: University of Nebraska employees must submit applications through the University of Nebraska Foundation. For assistance, please contact Foundation Relations at:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

The Sherwood Foundation
808 Conagra Drive, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68102

P: 402.341.1717
F: 402.341.0972

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska