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Cooper Foundation awards Q1 grants to nonprofits

Cooper Foundation awards Q1 grants to nonprofits

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The Lied Center for Performing Arts received a $20,000 grant from the Cooper Foundation for general operating support.

The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded a grant of $15,000 to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cedar Point Biological Station (CPBS), a field research facility and experiential classroom located in Ogallala.

The grant will fund the addition of a Motus network, which supports global research on the movement of animals using radio receivers set up by independent groups. Tracking systems are located in the Great Plains, but none in Nebraska, even though Nebraska is an important movement corridor for birds, mammals and insects.

The Motus system will allow for further study of the movements of birds using the North Platte ecosystem as a migratory stopover habitat and breeding ground, when they pass through the area on their way south in the fall, and where they go to winter.

The new network will enable Cedar Point to enhance research and collaboration, provide opportunities for training and hands-on class instruction, and support collecting new data in ecology and conservation.

In addition, the Foundation approved grants to a diverse group of arts, civic and community engagement, education, environment, human services and humanities programs. In total, $181,700 was awarded. Grant recipients are located in Lincoln unless otherwise noted.


Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City) - $20,000

To support a comprehensive three-year diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) initiative. Mid-America is the regional arts organization for Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

UNL Lied Center for Performing Arts - $20,000

For general operating support.


Lincoln Community Foundation - $5,000

For development of the 2022 Lincoln Vital Signs Report.


Community Services Fund of Nebraska - $14,000

Two grants awarded: $7,500 to support a marketing and awareness initiative, and $6,500 toward the 2021 campaign.

Nebraska Sports Council - $10,000

For general operating support.


Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County - $10,000

For general operating support.

Doane University (Crete) - $20,000

To support the new Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program to cultivate inclusive leaders among faculty, staff and students, and within Nebraska’s rural nonprofit organizations.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland - $15,000

To support sexual and reproductive health education programs in Lincoln and Lancaster County.


National Audubon Society, Spring Creek Prairie (Denton) - $15,000

For general operating support.

National Wild Turkey Federation, Nebraska Chapter (Edgefield, South Carolina) - $15,000

To support efforts to acquire the 2,600-acre Kiowa Creek Ranch property in Wildcat Hills, located in Nebraska's western Panhandle.

UNL Cedar Point Biological Station (Ogallala) - $15,000

Toward a Motus network system to track the movement of birds, mammals and insects.


Blue Valley Behavioral Health - $10,700

Support for upgraded technology for the Lincoln office.

Lincoln Housing Charities - $2,000

To support the Lincoln Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program to use Clifton StrengthsFinder assessments for participants.


UNL Center for Digital Research in Humanities - $10,000

In support of an online platform where the stories of Nebraska Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans can be accessed by teachers, students, scholars and all individuals.

The Cooper Foundation, established by Joseph H. Cooper in 1934, has granted over $25 million to benefit Nebraskans. The Foundation makes quarterly grants supporting arts, civic and community engagement, education, environment, humanities and human services primarily in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

For more information about grant guidelines and deadlines, call 402-476-7571 or visit


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