The Viking Foundation of Lincoln announced the funding of 13 grants, including six in Lincoln, totaling $60,000 in support of nonprofit organizations in three states.
The following Lincoln-area grants totaling $27,000 were funded:
• $4,000 to CEDARS — to help fund a new after-school club for fourth- and fifth-grade boys through the Clinton and Hartley Elementary School Community Learning Centers.
• $5,000 to Child Advocacy Center — to fund forensic interviews for child victims of abuse and neglect.
• $4,000 to Expanding Horizons — for support of educational enrichment activities primarily for low-income, at-risk youth living in northwest Lincoln.
• $5,000 to Friendship Home — to help renovate the youth play and social areas in emergency shelter facilities.
• $5,000 to Lincoln Bike Kitchen — for expenses, including tools.
• $4,000 to Lincoln Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity — to replace construction equipment to ensure safety of volunteers.
In addition, The Viking Foundation awarded $33,000 to these nonprofit organizations in Denver County, Colorado, and Polk County, Iowa:
• $1,000 to Holy Family School, Des Moines, Iowa — for library books for this inner-city school with many students from low-income, non-English-speaking families.
• $5,000 to Meals from the Heartland, Des Moines, Iowa — to help fund a youth-participation program to help fight hunger.
• $1,000 to Richard’s Marsh near Jewell, Iowa — for improvements.
• $10,000 to T.T.T. Society, Iowa D Chapter, Des Moines, Iowa — to fund follow-up activities with at-risk girls who attend T.T.T. camps.
• $5,000 to Front Range Center for Assault, Denver — to support its program to provide education to prevent child abuse.
• $5,000 to Hearts-n-Hands Work Enrichment, Denver — to provide improvements to the program’s work space where its products are created.
• $6,000 to Women’s Bean Project, Denver — to help launch the provision of short-term, 0 percent loans to current program participants and graduates.
“Our board of directors is very pleased with the increased number of excellent proposals in our third year of supporting a broad spectrum of ‘helping agencies,’ as well as the continued growth of the endowment,” said Steve Eggland, president of the Viking Foundation board. He added that the foundation is committed to increasing both the level of funding and the number of awarded grants in the future.
The Viking Foundation was created in 2012 to help improve and enrich the lives of individuals – especially children – who are less fortunate. The foundation provides charitable grants annually to 501(c)(3) organizations in three counties, including Lancaster. The grants are directed to those who are challenged with education, poverty, housing, gender, mental and physical health, and other issues.
The impetus for the conception and development of The Viking Foundation grew from a long Eggland family tradition of charitable acts and modest philanthropy. Family stories abound describing the provision of food, shelter and financial assistance to Great Depression-era victims, wayward hired hands and elderly care-givers.
Eggland is professor emeritus of Vocational and Adult Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and retired executive director of The Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.
For information about the foundation, proposal guidelines and 2015 submission deadline, see vikingfoundation.webs.com.