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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

  • Brock Darling, Chair
  • Kristy Hansen, CPA, Vice Chair
  • Michael Riley, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jodee Dixon
  • Leona Konz
  • Max Powers

Application Details

Applications for the Fall 2021 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 p.m. CST on September 1.

As part of this fall grant cycle, $42,600 is available to support Shelby County nonprofit organizations and community projects. Of the total funds, $1,550 is restricted to Harlan, $1,500 is allocated to the community of Shelby, and $39,550 is available to support projects throughout the county.

For Fall 2021, the Shelby County Community Foundation will entertain requests for capital, program, and operating support.

Before beginning, please download and review the Grant Program Fact Sheet below (updated July 2021), which includes eligibility requirements, FAQs, and application instructions.

We have moved to a new grant submission portal. You will need to create a new account when starting your application.

IMPORTANT: The email you use to create your account and start the application is the email that will receive all system notifications for your grant. Please ensure the email used is that of the preferred contact for the specific grant request.

More details can be found in the Grant Program Fact Sheet below.

Grant Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

Application Access Instructions (PDF)

Grant Evaluation Form (PDF)

Extension Request Form (PDF)

Previous Fall Grant Recipients

Previous Spring Grant Recipients

COVID-19 Response Grants


Visit our online grant portal to apply.

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