Sherwood Foundation: Program Grants & Capital Grants

The Sherwood Foundation

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Deadline: Jul 15, 2022 9:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Family Services Youth Services Education - K through 12 Rural Development Civic Leadership Development Civic Engagement & Education Education - Preschool / Early Learning Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Nebraska

Location of residency: United States, Nebraska

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The Sherwood Foundation® promotes equity through social justice initiatives enhancing the quality of life in Nebraska.


We believe social justice is the proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes, and actions that all produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts, and outcomes for all.

Who We Fund

The Sherwood Foundation® limits grants to organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), government entities, schools, or churches that are serving Nebraska. These organizations must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. 

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.

Omaha Public Schools


  • 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.

Rural Community Partnerships

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.

Early Childhood Education

The Sherwood Foundation® supports early childhood education on a regional and national basis through The Buffett Early Childhood Fund

What the Sherwood Foundation Values

 The Sherwood Foundation has strongly held values regarding civil liberties, equality and fairness with a particular focus on women and people oppressed because of their race, sexual orientation, and/or religion or lack-thereof.

  • We respect that not all nonprofit organizations share the same values as the Foundation.
  • We don’t ask nonprofits to change values for us or for funding.
  • We do ask that nonprofits leaders respect our values and save everyone time and energy by not seeking funding if our organizational values aren’t aligned.

Equal rights.

We believe all humans are created equal. We work to eliminate government and social barriers to equality.

Access to civic life.

We are proud to live in a democracy and believe that the rights provided to individuals in the United States should be protected and the best way to protect those rights is to ensure equal access to the voting polls. 

Reproductive justice.

We support a woman’s right to self-determination about reproductive health choices. We expect our grantees serving women and girls to ensure access and education to all health care options, including abortion. 

Opportunity to thrive.

We believe a zip code should not determine the outcome of a life. We see how government institutions and laws have historically and do presently oppress and suppress opportunity, particularly for people of color but also other minority populations and women. We work with our community to undo systemic oppression and build systems that meet the needs of citizens and do not further oppress. We seek economic justice for our neighbors and the opportunity that lies therein.

Access to services.

We expect grantees to ensure that clients have access to services and that service providers work to remove barriers rather than create barriers to care and compassion. A service provider’s religious belief system should not be imposed upon those who seek their services, whether through proselytization, coercion, guilt, or an unspoken quid-pro-quo expectation to participate in faith-based classes or religious services.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To qualify, an organization must:
    • Be classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), a government entity or a church and must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
    • Be located within the state of Nebraska (If located outside of Nebraska, funds can only be used for projects within the state of Nebraska.)
  • Organizations must be a 501(C)(3), be located in Nebraska or have a project in Nebraska and must address one or more of our categories:
    • Urban Community Partnerships
    • Rural Community Partnerships
    • Omaha Public Schools
    • Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    • Grantees must be an active and dues paying member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM);
    • Utilize the NAM "Guidelines and Principles" tools, take the assessments and work towards a "Best Practice Partnership" status with NAM;
    • Participate in the online salary survey administered by NAM on an annual basis.


This page was last reviewed August 31, 2021 and last updated May 26, 2021