The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 250 communities located in 80 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $269 million in Nebraska since 1994.
NCF recommends that you research your community’s needs and make grants accordingly. A targeted application process may be part of that strategy or your fund may choose to include an open application process in your grantmaking approach. The following tools were designed help you with grantmaking:Developing Grant Guidelines
Offering general grant guidelines to organizations seeking funding from your affiliated fund will help streamline the grantmaking process for you, increase the quality of grant applications you receive and increase the chance of success for your applicants. Here are some recommendations for what to include and a set of sample guidelines you can adapt to best fit the process and funding priorities of your affiliated fund. Download sample grant guidelines (pdf) (doc).Sample Call for Proposals
This is a sample news release that can be used to let the public know that you are accepting grant applications. See this sample news release for ideas on how to structure your news release. (pdf) (doc)Sample Grant Application
This sample application form can help guide your thoughts as you develop a grant application form appropriate for your affiliated fund. Think about your affiliated fund’s mission, vision and values. You may want to provide guidance to potential grantees on what types of grants you would like to make. Download the sample grant application (pdf) (doc)Sample Grant Reporting Form
NCF strongly recommends that your affiliated fund request a report from each proposal you fund. This helps you provide accountability to your donors and gives you evidence of the impact you are having in your community. You can use the information you from the report in future marketing and donor communication/visitation. You may also want to request photos and copies of any printed materials produced as part of the program/project you funded. Download the sample grant reporting form (pdf) (doc).Sample Grant Award Letter & Grant Acceptance Form
This is a sample letter notifying an applicant that their grant proposal will be funded. Make sure to include information about the grant ceremony/celebration event if you plan to hold one. We also recommend that you ask the grantee to complete and return a Grant Acceptance Form.
Download the sample Grant Award Letter (pdf) (doc)
Download the sample Grant Acceptance Form (pdf) (doc)
Results of youth surveys conducted by NCF in two area middle and high schools prompted affiliated fund leaders of the Boone County Area Foundation Fund (BCAFF) to refocus its grantmaking to emphasize greater long-term impact.Read more →