Peter Kiewit Foundation Grant

Peter Kiewit Foundation

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Next deadline: Jun 25, 2021 9:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jul 15, 2021 9:59pm PDT (Full proposal), Sep 24, 2021 9:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Oct 15, 2021 9:59pm PDT (Full proposal), Dec 20, 2021 9:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Jan 15, 2022 9:59pm PST (Full proposal), Mar 26, 2022 9:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Apr 15, 2022 9:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: More than US $5,000

Fields of work: Education - Preschool / Early Learning Education - Higher Education Education - K through 12 Academic Success & Enrichment Parental Involvement in Education Career/College Preparation College Success / Persistence Youth Development & Leadership Economic Services & Development Employment Services Entrepreneurship Civic Leadership Development Civic Engagement & Education Recreation Art & Culture Human & Social Services After School /Summer Educational Programs Health Care Access & Delivery Vocational & Trade Education Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Job Creation Life Skills Training & Rehabilitation Community Health Education Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Nebraska, Counties in Iowa: Adair County, Adams County, Audubon County, Calhoun County Show all

Location of residency: Nebraska, Counties in Iowa: Adair County, Adams County, Audubon County, Calhoun County Show all

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About this funder:



NOTE: A representative from your organization should connect with a foundation program officer before the "letter of inquiry" deadline to discuss the proposed project, confirm eligibility to apply, and determine alignment to foundation goals. Once eligibility, alignment, and readiness have been confirmed, a program officer will issue a URL link to our online application. Application deadlines are listed as "full proposal" deadlines above.. 

Project Type

We give primary consideration to proposals that are most closely aligned to the foundation’s Impact Areas. We invest in proven and promising programs, systemic solutions, capital projects, general operations, planning and capacity building, and policy development.

Impact Areas

We pursue our mission through three impact areas in which we invest in proven and promising programs, systemic solutions, capital projects, general operations, planning and capacity building, and policy development:

Youth Pathways to Success

The objective of the Youth Pathways to Success impact area is to increase the number of youth who progress in their education and secure meaningful employment. Our priority strategies include:

  • Cradle-to-Career Alignment
    • Goal: Better align P-16 education systems, out-of-school time programs, community and family supports, and employers.
    • We have a particular focus on efforts that improve student persistence and success, strengthen the capacity of the community college system, and better connect high schools, post-secondary institutions, and employers at a regional and statewide level.
  • Post-Secondary Access and Success
    • Goal: Ensure youth are able to gain admission to, attend, and complete higher education ready to enter a meaningful career.
    • We have a particular focus on efforts that improve academic and personal readiness for post-secondary education (two-year, four-year, and vocational-technical), provide admissions and financial aid counseling, and improve post-secondary affordability
  • Youth Development
    • Goal: Enable youth, particularly vulnerable youth, to access the programs and services they need to be prepared for academic, personal, and professional success.
    • We have a particular focus on efforts that improve the quality, capacity, coordination, and reach of the out-of-school time sector.

Economic Growth and Opportunity 

The objective of the Economic Growth and Opportunity impact area is to bolster a vital, diverse and growing economy that advances individual and community prosperity. Our priority strategies include:

  • Economic Development
    • Goal: Support efforts to improve Nebraska’s economic competitiveness, strengthen regional economies, and revitalize distressed communities.
    • We have a particular focus on efforts that drive economic activity and improve employment in the Omaha-Council Bluffs urban core, in low-income neighborhoods in the Omaha Metro, and in key regions of economic activity across Nebraska.
  • Talent Development
    • Goal: Cultivate a skilled workforce and foster entrepreneurial activity to fuel economic growth.
    • We have a particular focus on efforts that support key sectors that drive economic growth and promote high wage, high skill, high demand jobs.
  • Economic Opportunity
    • Goal: Expand opportunities for low-income individuals and families to achieve greater economic success.
    • We have a particular focus on efforts that provide education, job training, and support services to people working hard to improve their economic circumstances.

Thriving Places

The objective of Thriving Places is to support local efforts to build thriving communities. Our priority strategies include:

  • Community Capacity
    • Goal: Strengthen communities’ ability to pursue their own future through leadership development, capacity-building, planning, and resident engagement.
    • We have a particular focus on assisting communities working hard to improve their own circumstances. 
  • Quality of Place Amenities
    • Goal: Invest in and increase access to quality civic, cultural, and recreational amenities.
    • We have particular focus on supporting projects such as libraries, parks, playgrounds, pools, arts and culture spaces, and trails that deliver community-wide benefit.
  • Nonprofit Facilities
    • Goal: Invest in capital projects that improve a nonprofit’s ability to impact their clientele and community.
    • We have particular focus on capital projects that help a nonprofit address community-wide needs and priorities.

Emergent Issues and Opportunities

The foundation also considers requests outside of our three primary areas of focus to fund projects with high potential for impact and learning.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Geographic consideration:
    • The foundation supports efforts primarily in the Omaha metro area and across the state of Nebraska.
    • We also make grants in that portion of Western Iowa within 100 miles of Omaha, as well as other geographies of interest to Mr. Kiewit.
  • Organization type:
    • We award grants to nonprofit organizations with a valid 501(c)(3) status and to units of government.
  • Matching Funds
    •  Non-profit organizations may apply for a maximum of 50% of the total project cost
    • Units of government (tax-supported entities) may apply for a maximum of 25% of the total project cos
    • It is to an applicant’s advantage to have developed at least a portion of the matching funds needed before submitting a request.


  • We do not provide funding to individuals, for-profit businesses, other private foundations, individual K-12 schools, or churches.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding to support debt retirement, operational deficits, endowments, general fund drives/annual appeals, event sponsorship, or routine public works projects.


This page was last reviewed May 03, 2021 and last updated March 24, 2021