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 consider applications for any amount and for up to three years. An organization may submit multiple applications.
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Current Funding Priorities
The Place Matters mapping project has consistently informed CHE’s work and funding decisions since 2015. CHE funding will focus on 3 community issues that have been consistently identified by Place Matters. Additionally, CHE funding will address mental wellness and human connection as impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Place Matters: First Trimester Prenatal Care. Lincoln’s goal for first trimester care is 90%. CHE welcomes applications that address geographic disparities in prenatal care, with a focus on low-income and minority women, and census tracts with the lowest rates as identified by Place Matters 4.0.
Download the First Trimester Prenatal Care map.
Place Matters: Healthy Food Access. Place Matters data reveals a geographic disparity in healthy food access in Lincoln. CHE welcomes applications that increase healthy food distribution, access, and availability in Lincoln census tracts with the lowest healthy food access as identified by Place Matters 4.0.
Download the Healthy Food Access map.
Place Matters: Youth Fitness. While Lincoln’s goal is that 80% of LPS students can pass the PACER test, only 19 of 70 (27%) census tracts meet that goal. CHE welcomes applications that address geographic disparities in youth fitness and youth sports participation, with a focus on census tracts in Lincoln with the lowest PACER pass rates as identified by Place Matters 4.0.
Download the Youth Fitness map.
Mental Wellness and Human Connection: Local data reflects a growing concern about mental wellness in Lincoln. CHE welcomes applications for non-clinical approaches to mental wellness, such as mentoring, support/peer groups, alleviation of isolation, or similar initiatives rooted in increased human connection. Priority populations are individuals at highest risk for the poorest mental wellness and/or those most impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Download the LPD Mental Health Report
Download the LPD Suicide and Attempted Suicide Report
A list of grants made between January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2022. The list will download as a .pdf file.