Grant Writing Resources

Funding received through grant awards can assist organizations in fulfilling their mission.  Here are 10 proposal writing tips to help you move toward successful grant applications, by Sandy Rees. 

  1. Get your supporting documents organized.
  2. Know your programs.
  3. Identify your target grant funders.
  4. Research your target grant funders.
  5. Make sure you have a "hand-in-glove" fit.
  6. Tickle yourself for grant follow-up.
  7. Make a "new best friend" with each grantor.
  8. Get your Board members involved.
  9. Follow up on proposals that were declined.
  10. Keep a record of your proposals.

Local and State Funding Organizations

Cooper Foundation
Lincoln Community Foundation
Woods Charitable Foundation
Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraska Humanities Council

Research Tools

Foundation Center

Foundation Center provides valuable information about the grant writing process from finding funders to writing the proposal on their website.  Love Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers comprehensive Foundation Center online resources that allow grant seekers to identify foundations.  Access is free but limited to the Love Library building.


GuideStar profiles nonprofits and foundations based on tax reports to the IRS. The website is free but requires registration. More complex analyses are fee-based.


LAC knows that Lincoln thrives on fantastic arts ideas! Sometimes it is about getting the money to fund your work. We provide grant writing resources to help you.  (the grantwriting resources has to be prepared yet – make a page, please)


And when funding is available, Lincoln Arts Council provides dollars to support the programming of Lincoln’s arts organizations. By early-July of each year we will post information about the availability of our LAC Project Grants program. (the LAC Project Grants page has to be prepared yet – make a page, please)

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In 2009 the Lincoln Arts Council received a generous gift from the estate of Ken Good, a portion of which was used to redevelop our website and establish an endowment. We offer our heart-felt thanks to Kenneth J. Good for his generosity and vision for a beautiful future.

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