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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 2022 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, $44,500 is available to support Shelby County nonprofit organizations and community projects. Of the total funds, $1,650 is restricted to Harlan, $1,575 is allocated to the community of Shelby, and $41,275 is available to support projects throughout the county.

For Fall 2022, the Shelby County Community Foundation will entertain requests for capital and program support. Requests for general operating support will not be considered.

Before beginning, please download and review the Grant Program Fact Sheet below (updated July 2022), which includes eligibility requirements, FAQs, and application instructions.


Grant Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

Application Access Instructions (PDF)

Grant Evaluation Form (PDF)

Extension Request Form (PDF)





Visit our online grant portal to apply.

Join the Giving

You can help us strengthen our community, and we can help you make your giving more effective. Be a part of the good we’re growing by contributing to one of our funds or opening your own philanthropic fund.