The Grand Island Community Foundation grant program is designed to help address unmet charitable needs and unique program opportunities for essential and emerging issues in the Hall County area. The Foundation reviews requests bi-annually. Agencies are strongly encouraged to contact the Grand Island Community Foundation prior to submitting a proposal to discuss the appropriateness of the request. Grant amounts vary from $50 - $5,000 based on the project and availability of funds. If you have any questions regarding the grant application process, please contact the Foundation at (308) 381-7767 or email

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The spring grant cycle is now closed and all completed applications are under review. Grant applications will be accepted again in the fall. 



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Grant Eligibility

Grant requests will be accepted from qualified charitable and 501(c)(3) organizations located in the Hall County area. Funded organizations may only apply once in a 12-month period and must submit a Grant Evaluation Form of the prior grant funded to apply for new funds.

Preference will be given to programs that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Reach a broad segment of the community
  • Assist those whose needs are not adequately met by existing services
  • Promote cooperation among organizations and are developed in consultation with other groups
  • Improve the organization's effectiveness
  • Encourage sustainability of the grantee through matching gifts and funding from other sources
  • Promote accessibility of programs to include "underserved and underrepresented" populations

Grants for the following purposes will NOT be considered:

  • To individuals
  • Religious or political purposes
  • Endowments, capital campaigns or annual fund drives
  • Programs that create an indefinite, long-term commitment by the Foundation
  • Organizations that discriminate as to race, gender, sexual preference, age, disability, creed, or ethnic group.

Grant Requirements

There is one standard application form for all grant requests. Only complete applications, with all questions answered, will be forwarded to the grant committee. No handwritten or faxed proposals will be accepted.

Application Timelines

Grant applications may be received by 4:00 p.m. May 1 and November 1. When the 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, grant applications will be due the Monday immediately following. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Grants submitted become the property of the Grand Island Community Foundation.

Eligble Program Areas

Programs in any of the following areas are eligible to apply:

  • Arts and Culture

    Visual art, literature, dance, theater and music can bring people together through shared experience and understanding. These grants should strive to stimulate thought, communication and creativity through programs in the arts and humanities that enhance or develop the common aesthetic spirit through education, creation or performance.
  • Basic Needs

    Nationally, the basic needs approach focuses on addressing poverty and is one of the major approaches to the measurement of absolute poverty. It attempts to define the resources for physical well-being. A traditional list of immediate "basic needs" is food (including water), shelter, clothing and physical well-being.
  • Children and Youth

    Children are our most valuable resources. These grants should help children grow - physically, socially, and intellectually - into healthy, mature, and productive adults through programs that ensure all children are supported, nurtured, and protected in their homes and communities through programs that focus on childhood development and reduce at-risk behavior through prevention programs.
  • Community Enrichment

    A community must consistently nurture its development to sustain and increase its vitality. These grants should address the challenges that face our community through programs that promote economic development, improve community services, and encourage residents to get involved in community improvement projects by providing the training, tools and resources needed to enrich the community.
  • Community Health

    Individuals and families in our community must have the resources they need to remain self-sufficient and provide safe, secure homes. These grants should encourage healthy lifestyle choices that promote healthy behaviors and provide access to the resources needed to build healthy individuals, neighborhoods and communities.
  • Education

    Today, more than ever education touches the lives of people of all ages. These grants should focus on supplementing the traditional educational system to ensure children have access to the tools they need to build a foundation for lifelong learning. The programs/projects should help people learn to cope with life's challenges, gain skills to better take care of their families, and ensure access to academic and technological opportunities, thus allowing individuals to develop their personal, social and professional skills.

Contact Us

Contact us with questions via the contact form, or in person or by telephone at

Grand Island Community Foundation
1811 W. 2nd Street, Suite 365
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 381-7767