Past Grant Recipients

Presented to:

Great American Comedy Festival

  • Help funding the development of a curriculum for school students to learn more about the history of Johnny Carson and his commitment to the community of Norfolk. 
  • Learn more about the Great American Comedy Festival here.

Douglas County Historical Society

  • The grant presented to the Douglas Historical Society will fund “A Tale of Two Dickens: A Christmas Carol and Beyond.”

Lincoln Orchestra Association

Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30 PM @ Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln

  • Designed for newcomers and classical music aficionados alike, the first half of Beyond the Score® will offer a multimedia examination of the history and composition of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. 

University of Nebraska at Omaha Office of Latino and Latin American Studies

  • A celebration of Latino, Latin American and Spanish films.

World Theatre Foundation

  • To help the fund “Dear Zachary” documentary screening.

Institute for Holocaust Education

  • The grant will help fund the “Fabric of Survival” exhibition.


  • To help fund KANEKO’s “feedback” programming, which aims to elevate conversations about the writing process.

Nebraska Writers Collective

  • To help fund the “Louder Than A Bomb: Great Plains Visiting Artist Series.”

NET Foundation for Television

  • To help fund “Medicine Women” programming.

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart

  • The grant will be used to help fund out “Outcasts United” speaker for the Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Grand Island Community Foundation

  • To help funding of the “The Quilted Conscience.”

World Theatre Foundation

  • To help fund the World Theatre Foundation’s  “The WORLD Series.”

Panhandle Resource Conservation and Development

  • Funding for participation by a cultural specialist and publicity for the June 13-15 Intertribal Gathering at Fort Robinson State Historical Park.

Joslyn Castle Trust

  • Help funding a series of performances, presentations and discussions, October 17 – November 1, that explore the life, work, interests and historical context of Bram Stoker.

Nebraska Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association

  • Funding for three Native American presenters at the organization’s national conference held in Kearney, August 5-9, 2014.
  • Learn more about the Oregon-California Trails Association.

Concordia University

  • Funding for participation by eight children’s book authors and illustrators in a three-day festival for children, youth and adults, September 25-27.
  • Find out more about the festival.

African Culture Connection

  • To help funding of the 2015 Continuation and Expansion of the African Culture Connection’s Special Residency Programs for the African Culture Connection.

Social Action Committee of Unitarian Church

  • To help fund their 2015 Winter Lecture Series: National Borders and Refugees: Social and Political Consequences.”

Creighton University Center for Health Policy

  • Funding for the 24th Annual Women & Health Lecture by author Monique Truong which will be held at the Joslyn Museum on October 1, 2014.
  • Find out more about the lecture series.

Plattsmouth Main Street Association

  • Funding for event surrounding the commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of the European Discovery of the Platte River.  This event is scheduled for June 21-22, 2014.
  • Visit the Plattsmouth Main Street Association online.

Mayor's Office of the City of Lincoln

  • Help funding the 2014 Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration.
  • Held at Lincoln Southwest High School on Sunday, February 16, 2014, 1-5 pm.

African Culture Connection of Omaha

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

  • Funding for presentations and community conversations (May 3,  May 17, May 31 and June 28) exploring the history of condemned homes in North Omaha, the families who used to live in them, the surrounding neighborhood, and issues of generational poverty, violence, and how neighborhoods become blighted.  
  • Visit Habitat for Humanity of Omaha online here.

Angels Theatre Company

  • Funding for discussion following three performances of “Xingu” at the Olde Glory Theater in Seward (May 3) and the Ferguson House in Lincoln (May 4 and 18).  
  • Visit the Angels Theatre Company online.

Seward Arts Council

  • Funding for three presentations by artist/educator Benjamin Marxhausen on how art plays a vital role in the total development of the individual and the importance of art education.  The August 17, September 21 and October 19 talks will coincide with an August through October exhibition of 20 of the artist’s drawings and paintings.

Malone Community Center

  • To help fund the Malone Community Center symposium on art, culture and history.

Asian Community & Cultural Center

El Museo Latino

  • Funding for the museum’s monthly series of author and artist talks, with discussion and Q&A, on May 31, June 28, September 20, October 9 and November 15.
  • Visit the museum online.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Bright Lights, Inc.

  • Funding for need-based scholarships for low-income students who attend week-long, humanities-based summer enrichment classes, June 2 – July 11, at Randolph Elementary School.
  • Learn more about Bright Lights.

Bright Lights, Inc.

  • Bright Lights, Inc. 2013 Scholarship Project
  • Visit Bright Lights’ website

Omaha Theater Company

  • Funding to provide educational opportunities in conjunction with Jan/Feb 2015 original production of a play based on the life and times of William F. Cody.

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival

Cathedral Arts Project

  • Support for scholarly lectures at South Pacific-themed flower show.
  • Jan. 25-26 at St. Cecelia Cathedral
  • Learn more about the Cathedral Arts Project.

The Center for Great Plains - University of Nebraska

  • Public events surrounding the exhibit, “Powering the Farm: A Visual History of On-Farm Energy and Ag Mechanization”
  • August-September 2014
  • Visit the center’s web site

Flatwater Shakespeare Company

  • Help funding a series of weekly classes leading up to the youth productions of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors in Lincoln.  Classes began in April 2014 and will continue until the July 10-12 performances in the Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens.
  • Discover more about Flatwater Shakespeare here.

Friends of the Midwest Theater

  • The grant will help fund the Community Cinema series for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015.

Inclusive Communities, Inc.

Crane River Theater Company

  • “Page to Stage” children’s workshop
  • July 22 – 26, 2013
  • Visit Crane River Theater’s website

University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Foreign Languages

  • Funding for school visits to promote the department’s 5th annual statewide Spanish creative writing contest.
  • January – mid-March
  • Visit the department online.

Creighton University's Center for Health Policy & Ethics

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival

  • Funding for the annual festival exploring the theme Deep Roots – Broad Horizons, June 13-14.
  • Learn more about the festival.

Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands

  • To help fund the Día de los Muertos-Mementos celebration, a month-long event which has roots from Spain. The celebration encompasses a variety of exhibitions and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Douglas County Historical Society

Douglas County Historical Society

Center for Great Plains Studies

  • Help funding publicity for 2014 Great Plains Symposium on drought in the life, cultures and landscapes of the Great Plains.
  • Visit the Center online.

El Museo Latino

  • Letras y Voces – Letters and Voices series of author readings, discussion and Q & A
  • October 19, November 16, February 15, March 15, and April 15; Saturdays at 1 pm. 
  • Learn more about the series

University of Nebraska-Omaha

  • To help the Department of Teacher Education fund three days of presentations in Omaha public schools, libraries and other venues by noted Native American author Dr. Joseph Bruchac, October 9-11.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company

Friends of the Haymarket Theater

Friends of the Midwest Theater

  • 7 film and discussion events in the September 2013 through May 2014 Community Cinema series
  • 7:30 pm on September 26, October 10, November 21, and dates TBD in January, March, April and May
  • Learn more about the Midwest Theater

Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation

  • Funding for event on August 9, 2014.
  • Once one of the the largest and longest-lived of the Federal Indian Schools, the Genoa Indian School encompassed over 30 buildings on 630 acres with enrollment at nearly 600 students in its prime. 
  • Genoa prides itself in having the only U.S. Industrial Indian School in the state of Nebraska. A group of citizens who are dedicated to the preservation of the rich legacy of this site have formed the Indian School Foundation and completed a number of on-site projects. 

Malaika Foundation

  • To help fund programming of Global Education Workshops. The Malaika Foundation works to build a greater understanding of peoples and countries throughout the world for Nebraska youth and enhance global education in Nebraska schools and communities.

Lincoln County Historical Society and Museum

  • Funding for the museum’s Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous event to be held as a part of North Platte’s Railfest September 19-21.
  • Visit the museum online.

Grand Island Community Foundation

  • “The Quilted Conscience” film project about Sudanese-American refugees who use the American story-quilt form to share the tribal stories and customs of their families’ old homeland with their Nebraska neighbors. 
  • Learn more about “The Quilted Conscience”

Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island

  • Funding for production and promotion of a 12-part video series and photography installation about immigrant life in Grand Island.
  • Learn more about the Multicultural Coalition.

Metropolitan Community College Foundation

  • Help funding participation by 10 nationally renowned playwrights as part of the 9th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, May 24-31.
  • Learn more about the conference here.

Great Platte River Road Archway

Hastings African American Awareness Committee

  • Funding for public appearances by Dr. James Peters at multiple venues in Hastings.
  • February 2014

Nebraska Latino American Commission

  • To help fund the Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration at the Nebraska State Capitol.

Friends of the Homestead National Monument

  • Speaker for the upcoming annual Homestead Days event in June.
  • Visit the Homestead National Monument website.

Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska of Omaha

  • Funding for conversation opportunities in Fall 2014 centered around murals created by Waite White highlighting the immigrant experience.
  • Find out more about Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska.

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Fort Atkinson Foundation

  • Funding for the creation of an interpretive sign to tell the story of the gardens maintained in the 1820s at what is now Fort Atkinson Historical Park in Fort Calhoun.

Omaha Corral of Westerners International

  • Funding for an event speaker.
  • January 2
  • What are Westerners International Corrals? Find out here!

The Nebraska Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Omaha Chapter

  • Joe Starita will appear at the Durham Museum.

John G. Neihardt Foundation

Joslyn Castle Trust

  • Jazz Age performances, presentations and discussions at the Joslyn Castle
  • Exploring the life, work and era of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • July 27-August 10, 2013
  • Read more about the Joslyn Castle

Kearney Area Community Foundation

  • Funding for the 18th annual “Winter Tales” storytelling festival
  • January 14-18.
  • Partners include Educational Service Unit 10, Kearney Public Library, Harmon Park Activity Center, University of Nebraska at Kearney, The Kearney Hub, and other local organizations.
  • Visit the Kearney Area Community Foundation online.

Kearney Area Community Foundation

  • To help fund the Kearney Area Storytelling Festival.

Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts

Center for Rural Affairs

  • The grant will help fund agriculture ethics lectures with Dr. Paul B. Thompson.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Funding to help the Humanities in Medicine program and Center for Digital Research in the Humanities hold a April 17 lecture and May 15 conversation in conjunction with an exhibit on Civil War medicine April 14 – May 24.

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation

Main Street Beatrice

  • Help funding half the cost of a sign for downtown Beatrice to explain the significance of the surveying methods used to settle the territory of Nebraska.
  • Learn about Main Street Beatrice

Metropolitan Community College Foundation

  • Participation by 14 nationally renowned playwrights as part of the 8th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference
  • May 25-June 1
  • Visit the foundation website.

Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands

  • Public programming surrounding/supporting “Stories by Heart,” an upcoming exhibit and observance of Dia de Los Muertos.
  • October/November 2013
  • Learn more about the MAHS

The Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island

Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce

  • On the weekend of August 9th and 10th Nebraska City will be celebrating Museum Weekend and hosting the Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular!

Friends of the Midwest Theater

  • Funding for an educational presentation and public performance about music on the Oregon Trail.
  • April 2014
  • Learn more about the Midwest Theater on their website.

Native American Public Telecommunications

Nebraska 150

Five Rivers RC&D

  • Funding for a symposium on “The Old West” to be held on August 1-2.

Old West Days

October 9-12, 2014

  • For over 20 years, poets, musicians and storytellers have come from all over the country to share their talents and to celebrate the time-honored traditions of our childhood heroes- The American Cowboy! They tell stories of the days of yesteryear and of the time when cowboys were kings!

Nebraska Museums Association Conference

  • Funding for April meeting in Cozad.
  • Find the Nebraska Museums Association online.

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival

Nebraska State Historical Society

Nebraska StoryArts

  • Funding for three professional storytellers for the 12th annual “Moonshell Storytelling Festival”
  • September 14, 2013 at Mahoney State Park
  • Read about the festival here

Hear Nebraska

  • Funding for the creation of an online archive of Nebraska-related albums, their visual materials and stories.
  • Visit Hear Nebraska online.

Nebraska Writers Collective

  • Funding for poet/educator Chris August’s participation as Resident Teaching Artist for Nebraska’s 2013-2014 season of Louder Than a Bomb, a teen poetry festival.
  • Read more about “Louder Than a Bomb”

Nebraska Writing Project at the University of Nebraska

Nebraskans for Civic Reform

  • Support for “When Veterans Come Home,”  a conversation series highlighting the experiences of veterans as they return to civilian life.
  • February – March 2014 in Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island
  • Visit NCR’s website

NET Foundation for Television

In partnership with Normal Life Pictures, NET Foundation for Television received this grant for “The Dull Knifes”.

NET Foundation for Television

NET Foundation for Television

Niagara Foundation-Nebraska

  • Interfaith Collaboration Conference of Nebraska

Village of Oak

  • Help funding living history presenters appearing at local history event July 26, 2014.

Oxbow Youth Writing Project/University of Nebraska-Omaha

  • Month-long writing worships for youth ages 10-14 at the Hope Center for Kids and Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha
  • July 8-August 1
  • Learn more about the project. 

Crane River Theater Company

  • Funding for library programs in Broken Bow, Cozad, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, Minden and Ravenna, June 23-26.  The “Page to Stage” program will guide children through the reading, discussion and portrayal of several well-known fairy tale and storybook characters.
  • Discover more about the Crane River Theater Company.

Panhandle Resource Conservation & Development Inc.

Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival

  • Participation by nine children’s book authors/illustrators, three literacy experts and one humorist in this festival for children, youth and adults, co-presented by Concordia University in Seward.
  • September 26-28, 2013
  • Read more about the festival

The Nebraska Writing Project at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Funding for a call for submissions of student poetry and a public reading and discussion of poetry about place.
  • May 2 at the State Capitol in Lincoln
  • Learn more about the Nebraska Writing Project here.

Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools

  • To help funding of school presentations given by author Jeff Kurrus.

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

  • Funding for development of the concept, format and structure for a website and eBook that will preserve and share the Ponca language and culture through audiovisuals, educational materials, and suggested activities.

Omaha Corral of Westerners International

  •  Funding for April 3 speaker event.

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival

  • Funding for 2014 pre-show scholar forums for the 28th annual Shakespeare on the Green in Omaha and 9th annual fall tour for middle and high school students and teachers throughout Nebraska.

Storytellers International

Asian Community and Cultural Center of Lincoln

  • Funding for a seven-week English language learning and literacy program, June 3 – July 15, for Vietnamese, Karen, Sudanese, and other immigrant families.
  • Learn more about the center.

Tassel Performing Arts Center

  • Five presentations and one Native American Sign Language workshop for Nebraska K-12 schools, plus a public performance for all ages, presented by Native American storyteller Jack Gladstone.
  • September 23-28, 2013
  • Learn more about the Tassel Performing Arts Center



  • Support for statewide viewing parties for TEDxYouth@Lincoln on August 16 and TEDxLincoln on November 14.
  • Visit TEDxLincoln online.

John G. Neihardt Foundation

  • To help fund the 34th Annual Neihardt Spring Conference.

Meadowlark Music Festival

  • Funding for a pre-concert lecture at 2 pm on June 20 at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City.
  • Discover more about the Meadowlark Music Festival online.

Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Church

  • Funding for “Climate Change: Local, National, and International Responses,” a 6-part lecture series on climate change, including the science as well as the cultural or national responses to the phenomenon.
  • Sundays (& one Wednesday) during January, February, & March of 2014
  • Read more about the Unitarian Church’s views on climate change

Sheldon Art Association of Lincoln

  • Funding for a Fall 2014 exhibit and associated programming focused on historic artifacts from a variety of Lincoln-area collections.
  • Visit the Sheldon Museum online.

Third Chair Chamber Players

  • “Musically Speaking,” three talks for the Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on various aspect of music
  • November 2013 through April 2014.  Talks will be held at the NET building in Lincoln.
  • Read about the Nebraska Chamber Players

Mari Sandoz Heritage Society

  • To help fund a traveling display and exhibit of Mari Sandoz.

The True Stories Project

  • Stipends and travel expenses for David Martin and Wesaam al-Badry to film, edit and produce a 30-minute documentary, “Wood Lake Christmas Program,” about community and self-reliance in the Nebraska Sandhills.

Office of Multicultural Affairs at Wayne State College

  • Help funding presentations by Fred de Sam Lazaro at Wayne State College and the Wayne Public Library/Senior Center.
  • February 3 – 4

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Omaha

  • Funding for the “Bridging Cultures” exhibition, which will house artifacts from the Bethsaida dig in Israel at UNO’s Arts & Sciences Hall.

Vision Maker Media

Wayne Public Library

  • “Expand Your Horizons – The Presidents,” a speaker series to be held at the Wayne Senior Center
  • October 8, 15 and 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm

Wayne State College and the Geographic Educators of Nebraska

Willa Cather Foundation

  • Funding for programming at the Red Cloud Opera House, May through August 2014.  Programming will include writing workshops, readings, spring conference presentations, panel discussions, and exhibits.
  • Learn more about the foundation at their website.

Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation

  • Programming at the Red Cloud Opera House, “Fortunate Country: O Pioneers! and the Prairie Homestead’s Legacy”, including exhibits, writing workshops, spring conference presentations, panel discussions and films
  • 2013
  • Visit the foundation website

World Theatre