The Sherwood Foundation Grants

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

GrantWatch ID#: 172898
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Sherwood Foundation

08/01/17 11:59 PM - For Program/Project and Capital Grants only; Requests from communities outside of the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas are considered on an ongoing basis.

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Grants to Nebraska nonprofits, government agencies, and churches for projects, capital campaigns, 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.

The Foundation supports general operating, programs/projects, and capital campaigns. Each type of grant request has a different deadline date. Organizations may apply for more than one category of funding by submitting a separate application for each request.

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.

- Omaha Public Schools:

Omaha public school employees must obtain approval from the District before submitting an application.

- 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. For more information visit:

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

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)

Application Dates:

The Operating Grant online application is open each year from January 1 through February 15.

The Program/Project Application is available from July 1 through August 1.

The Capital Application is available from July 1 through August 1.

Applications are due by 12:00 midnight on the Deadline Date.

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

The Sherwood Foundation® only accepts online applications.

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

For all other grant application information click here:


Please Note:

- Projects or programs that are declined are not eligible for reconsideration.
- Notification of awards will be made within 90 business days of the application deadline. -
Communication regarding proposals will be provided via email.

These grants require applicants to have NAM membership. Dues range from $50 to $1,000:

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

Click here to apply online:

Contact Information:

Phone: 402-341-1717
Fax: 402-341-0972

The Sherwood Foundation
3555 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68131

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