Foundation / Corporation
Grants to Nebraska nonprofits for programs in the areas of the environment, education, the arts, the humanities and human services, with priority given to organizations serving Lincoln and Lancaster County. Applicants must first discuss the proposal with program staff before submitting a letter of inquiry. Requests from outside the priority area must serve a regional or statewide area and meet the Foundation’s highest funding priorities. Proposals are accepted for both programming and operating support.
Grant categories include:
- Program or Operating Support
Applications are accepted for program and operating support. Requests in support of technology must have the promise of significant improvement in organizational effectiveness.
- Challenge and Contingent Grants
- Collaborative Requests
The objective must have a substantially greater impact than if undertaken by a single organization. Organizations receiving a collaborative grant may apply separately for other purposes.
GrantWatch ID#: 178724
Challenge and Contingent Grants:
The challenge or contingency must be met within one year from the approval date.
Multi-year grants are rarely made.
Applications are accepted only from non-profit organizations that have contacted the funding source, been asked to submit, are located in Nebraska and classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) and public charities under section 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Highest priority is for organizations based in and serving Lincoln and Lancaster County. Requests from outside this area must serve a regional or statewide area and meet the Foundation’s highest funding priorities.
Not funded: individuals; businesses; building construction or renovation; health organizations or issues; churches; religious organizations or issues; travel; memberships; endowments; non-501(c)(3) organizations; 509(a)(3) supporting organizations; fiscal agents; private foundations.
To be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), please contact the e-mail address below with information about your organization, your project and its budget.
The online grant process consists of two phases: (1) Invited applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by the deadlines noted below. (2) Cooper Foundation staff will review the LOI and determine to advance it to the application stage. Applicants will be notified to submit a full application.
The Foundation is rarely the sole funder of a proposal.
The Cooper Foundation board meets quarterly, in March, May, September and December. The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) deadlines for those meetings are:
- January 1
- March 15
- July 15
- September 15
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), contact:
1248 O Street, Suite 870
Lincoln, NE 68508
USA: Nebraska: Highest priority is for organizations based in and serving Lincoln and Lancaster County.