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Note:  The Sherwood Foundation has added a new NAM requirement to their Application

 

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) Requirement

 

In an effort to ensure that we are supporting organizations that adhere to best practices in nonprofit management we are instituting new requirements to that end.  Our grant applications now include the following requirements:

  1. Grantees must be an active and dues paying member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM);
  2. Utilize the NAM "Guidelines and Principles" tools, take the assessments and work towards a "Best Practice Partnership" status with NAM;
  3. Participate in the online salary survey administered by NAM on an annual basis.

You will also be required to answer the following questions:

  • Is your organization an active member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands?
  • Where is the status of your organization in regards to NAM's "Guidelines and Principals" assessments and "Best Practice Partnership"?
  • Does your organization participates annually in the NAM salary survey?

We sincerely hope that you believe the process of strengthening ongoing operations and governance as essential to your organizational development plan and that these requirements are an asset to your strategy. For additional information, please visit the NAM website at www.nonprofitam.org

 

Application Dates

 

The Operating Grant online application is open each year from January 1 through February 15.

 
The Program/Project Application is available from July 1 thru August 1.
 
The Capital Application is available from July 1 thru August 1.
 
Applications are due by 12:00 midnight on the Deadline Date.

  

The Sherwood Foundation® only accepts online applications.

 NOTE:  University of Nebraska employees must submit applications through the University of Nebraska Foundation.  For assistance, please contact Foundation Relations at: foundationrelations@nufoundation.org

 

For all other grant application information click here.

 

 

Operating Grants

 

The Sherwood Foundation® believes that providing operating support can make all the difference to nonprofit organizations by providing flexible funding to cover the ongoing costs of day-to-day operations (administrative/overhead). This type of support can free nonprofits to become more strategic about how they address community issues, craft internal solutions to enhance effectiveness, and build organizational infrastructure.

 

How to Apply for an Operating Grant  

 

The DEADLINE is February 15th at 11:59 P.M. annually for the current year’s operations.  The Foundation does not make multi-year operating grants.

 

The Foundation only accepts requests for funding operating grants through our online application process. The application will be available at this site from January 1 through February 15.

 

Applicants will receive notification via email within 90 business days of the deadline on the status of their application.  Any inquiries made prior to 90 business days will not be returned or addressed.

 

Note: This listing is for operating requests only.

 

Organization Information

  • Legal Name of Organization
  • Organization’s Tax ID Number
  • Organization’s Address, Telephone Number, and Web Address
  • Organization’s Mission Statement
  • Year Organization was Founded
  • Organization’s Primary Goals, Major Programs or Services
  • A List of the Organization’s Top Three Outcomes and Accomplishments for the Previous Year
  • What Other Organization’s in your Community do similar work and how are you unique compared to these organizations?
  • Number of Paid Staff
  • A Current Organizational Chart listing key staff and their respective responsibilities. (This will be uploaded as an attachment)
  • The Name, Place of Employment, Phone Number and Email of the Organization’s Board President/Chair, Board Vice-President, Board Secretary and Board Treasurer

 

Financial Information

  • The Fiscal Year End Date of the Organization
  • Total Income from Last Fiscal Year
  • Total Expenses from Last Fiscal Year
  • Total Annual Organization Budget for Current Fiscal Year
  • Name of bookkeeper or Accounting Firm
  • Name of Firm that Conducts your Annual Audit
  • An Organization Budget (This will be uploaded as an attachment)

 

Contact Information

  • The Organization’s Executive Director or President’s Name, Phone Number and E-mail
  • The Organization’s Finance Contact’s Name, Phone Number and E-mail

 

Proposal Information

  • Total requested amount being sought from The Sherwood Foundation®
  • Total Annual Budget for the Current Fiscal Year (January to December)
  • The percentage of the requested amount in relation to the Overhead/Administrative Budget
  • An Annual Budget for the Current Fiscal Year (This will be uploaded as an attachment)
  • The Organization’s top three anticipated organizational goals for the current fiscal year
  • List ten major funding sources and amounts committed for the current fiscal year (Operating Gifts Only)
  • List ten major funding sources and amounts pending for the current fiscal year (Operating Gifts Only)
  • A Recent Strategic Plan (This will be uploaded as an attachment)

 

Terms of Submission

  • By submitting an online application you are confirming that you have authority to submit the application and that you have the support of the organization's executive director and/or board chair.

How to Apply for Program/Project Grants

 

The DEADLINE is August 1st at 11:59 P.M. annually.

 

The Foundation only accepts requests for funding through our online application process. The application will be available at this site from July 1 through August 15.

 

Applicants will receive notification via email within 90 business days of the deadline on the status of their application.  Any inquiries made prior to 90 business days will not be returned or addressed.

 

Note: This listing is for program/project requests only.

 

Organization Information

  • Legal Name of Organization
  • Organization’s Tax ID Number
  • Organization’s Address, Telephone Number, and Web      Address
  • Organization’s Mission Statement
  • Year Organization was Founded
  • Organization’s Primary Goals, Major Programs or      Services
  • Major changes regarding your organization since you      last applied
  • Organizations in your community that do similar work      and how you are unique
  • The Name, Place of Employment, Phone Number and Email      of the Organization’s Board President/Chair
  • List of your board of directors, their affiliation,      mailing address and email
  • Copy of your board approved policies regarding hiring      practices and client rights

Collective Impact

  • Your organization’s participation in community change      initiatives related to your mission

Financial Information (Not required for Government Agencies)

  • The Fiscal Year End Date of the Organization
  • Total Projected Income for Current Fiscal Year
  • Total Projected Expenses for Current Fiscal Year
  • Total Annual Organization Budget for Current Fiscal      Year
  • Name of bookkeeper or Accounting Firm
  • Name of Firm that Conducts your Annual Audit
  • Audit Report from Previous Year (This will be uploaded      as an attachment)

Contact Information

  • The Organization’s Executive Director or President’s      Name, Phone Number
         and E-mail
  • The Organization’s Finance Contact’s Name, Phone Number      and E-mail
  • Program/Project Contact’s Name, Phone Number and E-mail
  • Name of grant writer if applicable

Proposal Information

  • Program/Project title
  • Program/Project summary description
  • Total requested amount being sought from The Sherwood      Foundation®
  • Total Program/Project Budget for Current Fiscal Year
  • A Program/Project Budget (This will be uploaded as an      attachment)
  • List ten major funding sources and amounts committed      for this program/project to date.       Include city, state and federal funding
  • List ten major funding sources and amounts pending for      this program/project. Include city, state and federal funding
  • Explain how your proposal fits with the organization’s      mission and goals.
  • Describe the social issue or opportunity to be      addressed  and how your      project/program is a response to this issue
  • Previous accomplishments in this area and lessons      learned that has led to the proposed program/project model
  • How your proposed program/project is backed by      research/evidence or promising practice
  • How your proposed program/project is responsive to      diverse client needs
  • List of key staff for your program/project and their      responsibilities (This will be uploaded as an attachment)

Evaluation Information

  • You will be asked to describe a minimum of two      measureable goals, how they will be achieved and assessed
  • How will you address program sustainability and future      funding needs
  • Identify any internal or external risks that could      impact the success of the program/project
  • Evaluation plan (this will be uploaded as an      attachment)
  • Logic model, ie: Theory of Change, Theory of Action      (this will be uploaded as an attachment
  • Name of outside evaluator if applicable

Terms of Submission

  • If you are an employee of the Omaha Public Schools, you must attach a letter of approval from the District before submitting an application.

Capital Grants

 

Capital campaign requests are designated for construction, renovation, or purchase/improvement of a property or equipment.

 

How to Apply for a Capital Grant

 

The DEADLINE is August 1st at 11:59 P.M. annually.

 

The Foundation only accepts requests for funding through our online application process. The application will be available at this site from July 1 through August 15.

 

Applicants will receive notification via email within 90 business days of the deadline on the status of their application.  Any inquiries made prior to 90 business days will not be returned or addressed.

 

Note: This listing is for capital requests only.

 

Organization Information

  • Legal Name of Organization
  • Organization’s Tax ID Number
  • Organization’s Address, Telephone Number, and Web Address
  • Organization’s Mission Statement
  • Year Organization was Founded
  • Organization’s Primary Goals, Major Programs or Services
  • Major changes regarding your organization since you last applied

Financial Information (Not required for Government Agencies)

  • The Fiscal Year
  • Total Income from last Fiscal Year
  • Total Expenses from last Fiscal Year
  • Total Annual Organization Budget for Current Fiscal Year
  • Significant changes to your Organization Budget
  • Name of bookkeeper or Accounting Firm
  • Name of Firm that Conducts your Annual Audit
  • Audit Report from Previous Year (This will be uploaded as an attachment)

Contact Information

  • The Organization’s Primary Contact, Name, Title, Phone Number and E-mail
  • The Organization’s Finance Contact’s Name, Phone Number and E-mail

Proposal Information

  • Title of capital project
  • Provide a case statement for the project that includes the feasibility and cost  of the capital campaign
  • Total requested amount for the capital project
  • Attach bids for the project (This will be uploaded as an attachment)
  • Percentage of your board’s financial participation in the campaign
  • Identify regulatory approvals
  • Describe plans for funding the ongoing maintenance of new capital projects
  • Explain if timing is a factor that impacts the success of the campaign
  • Total Capital Budget (You will be required to upload a complete capital budget)
  • List ten major funding sources and amounts committed for this request to date.  Include city, state and federal funding
  • List ten major funding sources and amounts pending funding. Include city, state and federal funding
  • if applicable

Terms of Submission

  • If you are an employee of the Omaha Public Schools, you must attach a letter of approval from the District before submitting an application.
  • Before you begin, you may find it helpful to review “What You Will Need to Apply” or preview and print the application questions in order to aid you in gathering your information prior to entering it online. 

Creating an Account

  • The first time you apply online, you will be prompted to create an account.
  • Create only ONE (1) account (email address and password) to be shared by all staff members in your organization.  We recommend using a general email address such as info@yourorganization.org
  • Make sure all staff has access to this email and password.
  • Passwords should contain between 5-25 characters.
  • Your "My Account" Page will contain your In-Progress and Submitted Applications.  You will be able to access these applications at any time.
  • Save the confirmation email that your account was created.

 Tips for Applying

  • Be sure your cookies are enabled on your internet browser.
  • You will be required to upload or attach several documents to your application.  These documents must already be saved on your computer before you can browse and upload them to your application.
  • Verify that the information is correct before you click on the submit button. Once you have submitted your application, you will NOT be able to make changes or add attachments.  Once you have sumbitted your application, the Foundation can not send it back to you to make changes.
  • Add the following email address to your address book to ensure that you receive our automated emails from The Sherwood Foundation: info@sherwoodfoundation.org or jeannineh@sherwoodfoundation.org

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The Operating Grant Application is available from January 1 thru February 15.

 

The Program/Project Application is available from July 1 thru August 15.

 

The Capital Application is available from July 1 thru August 15.

 

To return to your My Page Account, Click Here.

  • If you are returning to a SAVED application or you would like to access your organization’s history of previously submitted applications, have your username and password ready before accessing MY ACCOUNT. 
     
  • To access MY ACCOUNT now, click here.
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