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. The Fund makes grants in diverse fields, however, specific areas are not eligible for grant review. Please review the list of What We Do Not Fund.
Funding is provided in four principle areas of interest:
- Human Services
- Civic & Community
- Arts & Culture
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
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.
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. 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.
Proposals not clearly within the Fund’s priority areas but not clearly ineligible are screened for funding consideration by the Fund’s board members.