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In 2020, the Board of Trustees of the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE) established a Resiliency Fund to support the community’s efforts to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund focuses its funding on health equity and human connection.

At its most recent meeting, the CHE Board of Trustees approved grants totaling nearly $1.5 million. All grants listed begin on July 1, 2022.

To achieve the vision of making Lincoln the healthiest community in the nation, the Board of Trustees of the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE) has established new 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.

Join us on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 12-1pm for a virtual community conversation to learn about the inequities and disparities in youth sports.

Participation in youth sports can have a lifelong positive influence on physical and mental health, lifestyle behaviors, and community networking. Unfortunately existing inequities and barriers, such as finances, available facilities, and lack of support, make sports participation inaccessible to some youth in our community.

We will explore new community data regarding disparities in aerobic fitness and youth sports participation, and hear from youth sports experts about how we can work toward making youth sports more equitable and beneficial for all. 

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird declared November 15-19 as the official week to honor those heroes. As a way to say thank you, the Community Health Endowment is joining other organizations in Lincoln to cheer on hospital heroes who are starting or ending their work shift.

At its most recent meeting, the CHE Board of Trustees approved grants totaling nearly $1 million. All grants listed begin on January 1, 2022. This round of grants from the Resiliency Fund will focus efforts on vulnerable populations as determined by CHE's Place Matters Report. Projects will address mental health services for low income youth, peer mentoring for vulnerable families, youth mentoring in high poverty areas, hunger relief, and more.

Additional funds from the Resiliency Fund will be awarded in Spring, 2022.

Place matters. Our work as a city, and as a community, is to make sure that every census tract, every neighborhood, every person matters. Through data-driven information, like this new report, we are able to do more, invest deeper, and be better.

A year of resiliency was the focus for this year's annual report. We saw resiliency throughout Lincoln as the community worked together throughout the continued pandemic. The 2020-2021 annual report provides a brief highlight of CHE's year in review. Click on the above title to download the report.

At its most recent meeting, the CHE Board of Trustees approved grants totaling nearly $2 million. All grants listed begin on July 1, 2021. This round of grants from the Resiliency Fund will focus efforts on vulnerable populations as determined by CHE's Place Matters Report. Projects will address under- and un-employment caused by the pandemic, substance abuse treatment and support, youth programming in high poverty areas, child victims of abuse, and more.

In July 2020, CHE funded the creation of the Lincoln Youth Mentoring Coalition. This group, representing 26 organizations in Lincoln, has been hard at work to better understand the “state of mentoring” in Lincoln, and to provide specific recommendations for improving mentoring services going forward. This is a first of its kind project for Lincoln/Lancaster County. Read the report to learn more!

Applications for the Fall 2021 grant cycle are due by noon on Friday, July 16, 2021. Contact CHE with questions.

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