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Before You Apply

If you are considering creating a new Lincoln nonprofit, please read Cause Collective’s guide. Cause Collective also provides information about other Lincoln funders and foundations.

Woods Charitable Fund offers two grant cycles per year and only accepts applications from nonprofit organizations serving Lincoln, Nebraska, that have completed a Letter of Intent (LOI) and have been asked to complete an application form.


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). Organizations must be in good standing with the IRS.

You are welcome to contact the Fund by phone or email, and our staff can help you decide if it is worth your time and expense to proceed with an inquiry. Potential applicants must complete a Letter of Intent (available in PDF and Word formats), which includes information about the organization and proposal, including budget information. Organizations interested in applying for Breakthrough Initiative Grants must contact the Fund to receive permission to complete an online Letter of Intent.

Many excellent proposals cannot be funded because there are absolute limits to the number of proposals the Fund can study thoroughly and support.

Please read the Fund’s Timetable and Limitations and What We Do Not Fund documents before contacting WCF. You also can review the list of considerations the Board of Directors makes when reviewing a grant proposal, view grants made in the previous year, and download a PDF or Word version of the grant application.

If your organization receives a grant, you will be asked to sign a grant agreement form requiring an online report on use of the grant in relation to the original proposal objectives and the program’s results. A selected number of grantees may be asked to participate in a post-grant evaluation to study program accomplishments in more depth.