Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach and the Nebraska Humanities Council received $20,000 as part of $205,759 awarded in grants by the Cooper Foundation in support of education, human services, the arts and humanities and the environment.

The Lincoln Community Playhouse and Malone Community Center received $15,000 to support operations.

In addition, the foundation made grants to the following organizations to honor Pam Baker on her retirement from the Woods Charitable Fund: Angels Theatre Co., Community CROPS, Lincoln Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

Grant recipients in southeast Nebraska of more than $5,000:

* Angels Theatre Co., $7,000 for a bookkeeper position.

* Child Guidance Center, $10,000 for an electronic health record system.

* Doane College, $9,200 for a Nature Explore outdoor classroom.

* Lincoln Community Foundation, $10,000 for the 2013 Give to Lincoln Day.

* Lincoln Community Playhouse, $15,000 for general operating support.

* Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation: $10,000 for implementation of the Salt Valley Greenway and Prairie Corridor Master Plan, which will expand and preserve important habitat areas and offer education and recreational opportunities for people in the tallgrass prairie.

* Malone Community Center, $15,000 for general operating support.

* Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach: $20,000 for the director of development position.

* Nebraska Human Resources Institute, $10,000 for general operating support.

* Nebraska Humanities Council, $20,000 for support for humanities programs.

* United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County: $15,894 toward the 2012 United Way Campaign.

* University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center for Great Plains Studies, $14,000 for the "School Consolidation in the Great Plains: Efficiencies, Change, and Community Identity" symposium at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

* University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, $6,665 toward Sixties Survivors, a project that follows up with people profiled in Look Magazine in the 1960s.

The Cooper Foundation, established by Joseph H. Cooper in 1934, has granted more than $20 million to benefit the people of Nebraska. The Foundation makes quarterly grants supporting education, human services, the arts, the humanities and the environment, primarily in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

For information, visit the Foundation's website at


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