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Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Churches to Support General Operations

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The Sherwood Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/15/20 12:00 Midnight


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Grants to Nebraska nonprofits, government entities, and churches to support the ongoing costs of daily operations, such as administrative and overhead expenses. Funding is intended to support organizations that align with the Foundation's mission and promote education and community partnerships.

Programs must address one or more of the following categories:

  • Urban Community Partnerships
  • Rural Community Partnerships
  • Omaha Public Schools
  • Early Childhood Education

Funding is intended to allow nonprofits to become more strategic about how they address community issues, craft internal solutions to enhance effectiveness, and build organizational infrastructure. The Foundation believes that providing operating support can make all the difference to nonprofit organizations by providing flexible funding to cover the ongoing costs of day-to-day operations (administrative/overhead).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177907

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not make multi-year operating grants.

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)

In addition, grant applications now include the following requirements:
- Grantees must be an active and dues paying member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM);
- Utilize the NAM "Guidelines and Principles" tools, take the assessments and work towards a "Best Practice Partnership" status with NAM;
- Participate in the online salary survey administered by NAM on an annual basis.

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Pre-Application Information:

The Operating Grant application is open each year from January 1 through February 15. Online applications are due by 12:00 midnight on the Deadline Date.

Applicants will receive notification via email within 90 business days of the deadline on the status of their application. Any inquiries made prior to 90 business days will not be returned or addressed.

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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.

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The Sherwood Foundation
808 Conagra Drive, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-341-1717
Fax: 402.341.0972

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USA: Nebraska

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