CHE funds organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that serve Lincoln, Nebraska. Government agencies are also eligible for CHE funding.
CHE funding will focus on three community issues that have been consistently identified by Place Matters. Additionally, CHE funding will address mental wellness and human connection. Other local data that was utilized by the CHE Board of Trustees to determine the following funding priorities can be found here.
CURRENT FUNDING PRIORITIES
1) EARLY AND ADEQUATE PRENATAL CARE
Lincoln-Lancaster County's goal is that 80.5% of pregnant women receive early and adequate prenatal care which is defined as the percentage of women who received care prior to the fifth month and more than 80% of the appropriate number of visits for gestational age. 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 (70% or below) as identified by Place Matters 5.0. Download the Adequate Prenatal Care map.
2) HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS
Place Matters data and community surveys reveal a geographic disparity in healthy food access in Lincoln. CHE welcomes applications that advance health equity by increasing healthy food distribution, access, availability, and consumption in Lincoln's underserved census tracts as identified by Place Matters 5.0. Download the Healthy Food Access map.
3) YOUTH FITNESS
While Lincoln’s goal is that 80% of LPS students can pass a standardized aerobic fitness test (PACER), only 13 census tracts (16.9%) meet that goal. CHE welcomes applications that advance health equity and 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 5.0. Download the Youth Fitness map.
4) MENTAL WELLNESS AND HUMAN CONNECTION
Local data reflects a growing concern about mental wellness in Lincoln. CHE welcomes applications regarding mental wellness, such as mentoring, support/peer groups, alleviation of isolation, or similar initiatives rooted in increased human connection and prevention.