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Woods Charitable Fund (WCF) Grant

Grants to Lincoln, Nebraska Nonprofits for Civic,
Community, Human Services, Arts, and Education

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Grants to Lincoln, Nebraska nonprofits for both direct services and policy programs in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community services, education, and human services. Organizations must submit a letter of intent or contact the funding source by April 16, 2018. Funding is intended to support pilot projects and new initiatives, as well as to support the continued growth of organizations whose work coincides with the purposes of the Foundation.

Woods Charitable Fund reviews proposals that join together partners (academic, community, government, business, public service, faith-based) to explore ways to integrate perspectives and talents toward common goals. Projects that involve coalition-building, public education, and advocacy to affect positive social change are of interest to the Fund as well.

The Fund supports a broad range of activities which include, but are not limited to, the following areas of interest:

- Arts and Culture: Woods supports programs in the arts and humanities - including visual art, literature, dance, theater and music - that will enhance or develop the common aesthetic spirit. Programs that connect the arts and humanities with nontraditional participants are of special interest to the Fund.

- Civic and Community: Woods supports programs that foster participation in the community and the economic system, thus engaging people to solve problems and improve opportunities for all. Programs that expand availability of affordable housing; advocacy groups and neighborhood, citizen, and community organizations, are also areas of interest. The Fund encourages submission of proposals that foster self-sufficiency by suggesting creative approaches to helping people escape poverty and become work ready.

- Education: The educational systems face the challenge of preparing individuals for a rapidly changing society. Today, more than ever before, education touches the lives of people of all ages – students at all levels, newcomers learning a second language and culture, adults retraining to handle new job responsibilities. The Fund looks forward to opportunities to review proposals from existing educational institutions and from creative new programs to meet the challenge.

- Human Services: Woods is interested in supporting projects to strengthen families and provide opportunities for youth to achieve their full potential. This is a broad category and may include either direct service or policy programs focused on child care, single parenthood, the elderly, family planning, shelter, troubled families, as well as others. The Fund will give special consideration to programs and initiatives designed to prevent youth and family violence.

The Fund gives special consideration to programs and initiatives designed to:
- Support organizations that haven’t traditionally served refugees and immigrants but are trying to integrate them into their client bases and workforces;
- Expand English language education for new Americans;
- Help develop community acceptance and appreciation for new Americans;
- Extend research and planning concerning immigrants and refugees in Lincoln.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179881

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants generally should be organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have a written ruling from the IRS that they also qualify under Section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code (publicly supported organizations and their affiliates). Occasionally the Fund considers proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations that are private, operating foundations. In exceptional cases, the Fund will consider fiscal agent and expenditure responsibility grants.
- While grants are made primarily in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Fund will consider grant applications from other locations in the context of their impact on Lincoln.
- College and university proposals are reviewed only if they directly involve faculty and/or students in applied projects of benefit and concern to the community.
- Requests for support of technology must be from organizations whose emphasis is in the Fund’s special interest areas. Requests must define the need for the technology, provide compelling evidence that it is appropriate for the task and is cost-effective. Furthermore, the proposal must demonstrate the technology’s impact on the organization’s mission.

The Fund will consider requests for:
- Technical assistance for technology planning
- Information/Technology staff
- Computer software
- Technological training
- Fund development using technology
- Marketing using technology

The following areas are not eligible for grant review:
- Capital projects for health care institutions
- Environmental programs
- Funding of endowments
- Fundraising benefits or program advertising
- Individual needs
- Medical and scientific research
- Programs for individual schools
- Recreation programs
- Religious programs
- Residential care and medical clinics
- Scholarships, fellowships
- Sponsorships

Woods does not accept applications from organizations: (1) that have had proposals approved or declined in the preceding 12 months; or (2) that are recipients of active, multiyear grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Woods Charitable Fund only accepts applications from nonprofit organizations that have communicated with the Fund and have been asked to complete an application form. Organizations seeking to renew previous grants also are required to contact the Fund before reapplying.

Contact the Fund by telephone or by sending a 2-page letter of intent, including budget information, by mail or e-mail. Staff can then help the applicant decide whether it is worthwhile to proceed with a full proposal. If the idea is deemed within the realm of Woods funding, the applicant will be given a code to access the online application form to begin the process. (Sample application below in Supporting Documents.)

All applications must be submitted electronically. Because the LOI deadline falls on a weekend, the proposal will be accepted on the very next business day, Monday, April 16, 2018.

Inquiry Deadline: April 15
Submission Date: April 15-30
Notification Date: November

Inquiry Deadline: October 15
Submission Date: October 15-31
Notification Date: May

In cases of extreme emergency, Woods Charitable Fund will consider interim proposals of $10,000 or less outside the set timetable.

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Contact Information:

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

To pre-apply, contact the Fund by phone, email, or mail:

Woods Charitable Fund
1248 ‘O’ Street – Suite 1130
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402.436.5971

For more information, contact:
Joan Stolle

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USA: Nebraska: Lincoln