What We Fund

The Sherwood Foundation® limits grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that predominately benefit those that are serving Nebraska and must address one of our categories:

Urban Community Partnerships


Our work in Nebraska’s urban communities focuses on family stability and child wellbeing with an overarching emphasis on community context. Using a two-generation approach, we are interested in the relationship between direct service provision and the greater systems that impact a community. Applicants are wise to cite specific research that influences a service model or approach to solving a community challenge.


To apply:


We support general operating, programs/projects and capital campaigns. Operating grants are made once a year with applications due Feb 15. Program, project specific and capital campaign requests are due August 1.  Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on the Deadline Date.


Organizations may apply for more than one category of funding by submitting a separate application for each request.


Please Note:

  • Multiple-year grant requests are accepted for program/project grants, but rarely do we make multi-year gifts.
  • Projects or programs that are declined are not eligible for reconsideration.
  • Notification of awards will be made within 90 business days of the application deadline. Communication regarding proposals will be provided via email.


  • OPS employees must obtain approval from the District before submitting an application. 
  • Applications lacking such documentation will not receive consideration.
  • For assistance, please contact the OPS Grant Coordinator at 402.557.2151.

Through these grants, The Sherwood Foundation® promotes local capacity to address locally-identified priorities and thereby strengthen the common good we enjoy as fellow Nebraskans. Requests from communities outside of the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas are considered on an ongoing basis. 


The following priorities guide The Sherwood Foundation’s Rural Community Partnership grants:

  • Community leadership development that helps local community members expand and deepen their skills and experiences to better serve their home community through learning and innovation.
  • Community inclusion that is broad-based and intentionally developed to leverage the diverse skills and perspectives of community members in service to the benefits and responsibilities of community life.
  • Community collaboration that aligns stakeholders and resources in order to strategically build upon and utilize locally-controlled assets.

The Sherwood Foundation® supports early childhood education on a regional and national basis through The Buffett Early Childhood Fund. For more information visit:  www.buffettearly.org

Contact The Sherwood Foundation: info@sherwoodfoundation.org · 402.341.1717
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