Woods Charitable Fund Grant

Woods Charitable Fund

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Next deadline: Oct 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Oct 31, 2020 (Full proposal), Apr 15, 2021 (Letter of inquiry), Apr 30, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Supportive Housing & Shelters Reproductive Education Senior Services Parenting Counseling & Education Child Care Services Youth Development & Leadership Family Services Education Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Poverty Alleviation & Services Life Skills Training & Rehabilitation Affordable Housing Music Theater Dance Visual Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation Writing & Literature Economic Services & Development Civic Engagement & Education Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

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

Location of project: Lancaster County, Nebraska

Location of residency: Preferred: Lancaster County, Nebraska Other eligible locations: United States

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About this funder:



Areas of Interest

The Fund supports a broad range of activities which include, but are not limited to, the Areas of Interest described below. We are interested in reviewing plans for pilot projects and innovative programs, as well as sustained growth for organizations whose work coincides with the purposes of the foundation. The foundation funds both direct services and policy programs. The foundation awards general grants twice a year. 

The Fund looks forward to opportunities to review proposals joining partners (academic, community, government, business, public service, faith-based) to explore ways to integrate perspectives and talents toward common goals. We support projects that involve coalition-building, public education and advocacy to affect positive social change and improve opportunities for all citizens.

Arts & Culture

Visual art, literature, dance, theater and music are cornerstones of a community’s aesthetic and ethical being. They can bind people through shared experience and understanding. They stimulate thought, communication and creativity. Woods supports programs in the arts and humanities 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 & Community

To sustain or increase its vitality, a community must consistently nurture its development, particularly as that development impacts lower income citizens. The Fund supports projects that empower less advantaged Lincoln residents to participate in the economic system and that foster community participation and responsibility, thus engaging people to solve problems and improve opportunities for all. Woods recognizes the growing need in Lincoln for affordable housing and supports programs that expand its availability. Advocacy groups and neighborhood, citizen and community organizations are effective avenues to promote citizen involvement and strengthen neighborhoods. 

The need for individuals to achieve self-sufficiency has been identified as a primary community concern. The Fund encourages submission of proposals that suggest creative approaches to helping people escape poverty and become work ready.


Our 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

A significant cornerstone in community life is the family. Its power to mold and develop mentally healthy, secure, loving members determines Woods’ interest 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.

Funding Considerations

Additional information on WCF’s grant-making considerations is available here.

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

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.


  • 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 work forces; 
    • Expand English language education for New Americans;
    • Help develop community acceptance and appreciation for New Americans; and
    • Extend research and planning concerning immigrants and refugees in Lincoln.


  • 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:
    • that have had proposals approved or declined in the preceding 12 months; or
    • that are recipients of active, multiyear grants.
  • This policy does not apply when organizations are involved in collaborative proposals.
  • Organizations with active general grants or that have applied for general grants in the past year may request to apply for a Breakthrough Initiative Grant.