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April 11, 2020
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-525-1520
Jenny Chapin, LCF, 402-474-2345

12 Nonprofits Receive Second Round of Grants From Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced that $189,000 from the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund was awarded to 12 nonprofits organizations serving those affected by the pandemic. This is the second round of grants from the Fund. The grants are a coordinated response to help support the basic needs of vulnerable and newly vulnerable Lincoln residents, including access to food, housing, medical information, childcare, and other support.

"I'm grateful for all the people in Lincoln who are responding to this crisis with love and service to our community," said Mayor Gaylor Baird. "We need to keep this momentum going as we move through both the acute and long-term phases of this crisis."

The Fund, hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF), was announced March 20. To date, the Fund has received $785,600 in contributions, including $500,000 from strategic partners. The Fund was created to provide grants to nonprofits that support people disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

The second round of grant recipients was identified by a coalition including the City, LCF, the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED), the Community Health Endowment (CHE), and other philanthropic and business partners. The coalition is led by a committee chaired by Bryan Seck, Director of Workforce Development for LPED. Meagan Liesveld, Executive Director of the United Way serves as Vice Chair.

The second round of grant recipients are:

"The generosity of Lincolnites is an expression of heartfelt commitment to the well-being of our city," said Barbara Bartle, LCF President. "This fund will give our nonprofits the resources to provide relief to those who need it most. I'm confident we will emerge from this crisis as an even stronger community."

To make it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs, the Fund will continue to award operating grants on a rolling basis as fundraising continues. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the pandemic as efficiently as possible.

Individual donors, institutions, companies, and other funders are encouraged to contribute to the Fund at More information, including details for nonprofits on requesting resources, is also available at the website or by calling 402-474-2345.

Strategic partners include Abel Foundation; Acklie Charitable Foundation; Allo; Ameritas; CHE; Cooper Foundation; Greater Lincoln Chamber Foundation; Harbor of Dreams; LCF; Nelnet; Rhonda Seacrest; The Sherwood Foundation; Susan Sehnert Stuart; Union Bank & Trust Company, Inc.; and J.A. Woollam Foundation.

More information on the City's response to COVID-19 is available at

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