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The Shelby County Community Foundation aims to improve the quality of life in Shelby County by supporting community needs in the areas of civic engagement, culture, health, education, and social services. The objective of its grant programs is to fund projects that will have a permanent impact on, and in, Shelby County. As an affiliate of the Omaha Community Foundation, the Shelby County Community Foundation was established in 1998.

Advisory Board

  • Jim Zimmerman, Chair
  • Kristy Hansen, CPA, Vice Chair
  • Michael Riley, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Brock Darling
  • Jodee Dixon
  • Rhonda Powers

Application Details

Applications for the Fall 2020 grant cycle will be accepted from July 15 through September 1 and must be submitted via the online grant portal. Applications are due by 11:59 PM CST on September 1.

As part of this fall grant cycle, $40,000 is available to support Shelby County nonprofit organizations and community projects. Of the total funds, $1,450 is restricted to Harlan, $1,400 is allocated to the community of Shelby, and $37,150 is available to support projects throughout the county.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, for Fall 2020, the Shelby County Community Foundation will entertain requests for program and operating support, in addition to the historic focus on items of permanence.

Before beginning, please download and review the Fact Sheet below (updated June 2020), which includes eligibility requirements, FAQs, and application instructions.

Grant Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

Application Access Instructions (PDF)

Grant Evaluation Form (PDF)

Previous Fall Grant Recipients

Previous Spring Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Response Grants

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Visit our online grant portal to apply.

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