CHE funds organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that serve Lincoln and the surrounding area. Government agencies are also eligible for CHE funding. CHE does NOT fund individuals through direct financial contributions; projects that do not serve Lincoln and the surrounding area; laboratory or clinical research; debt reduction; organizations that are not tax-exempt; other endowments; fundraising events; or lobbying.

CHE will generally consider applications for any amount and for up to three years with the exception of Spark! grants which are limited to one-year, non-renewable applications of $20,000 or less. An organization may submit multiple applications.

Grants Awarded

  • *As of June 2016, CHE has awarded more than $26 million in grants

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