Apply for a Grant

We Can Support

Project must be implemented in and serve residents of Omaha, NE and surrounding communities or Stanwood, WA and surrounding communities.


Projects and initiatives essential to improving the educational process or improving access to education for children and/or adults.


Projects and initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families.


Projects and initiatives that are essential to strengthening and enhancing segments of the community with significant economic, educational, social, and physical needs.


Programs and initiatives essential to protecting, promoting, and educating our community about the environment and its preservation.  By conserving and celebrating the many facets of life, these programs promote positive change that encompasses and embraces all realms of life.

We Will Not Fund

Partisan, legislative, or political activities

Fraternal, sectarian, and religious organizations where the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents, or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities

Private foundations

Pass thru foundations

Small Grants

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000

The Olson Foundation will be awarding the Small Grant Program on a once yearly basis. Funds must be used within one year of receipt.

The Small Grant Application due date is Wednesday, June 1st . Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, August 31st whether a grant was awarded or denied.


Large Grants

Grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000

A Large Grant is a one, two, or three year grant. The information in the Grant Guidelines document applies to a Large Grant. The money is to be spent in the following calendar year.

The initial step to apply for a Large Grant is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI is due Sunday, May 1st by 4:00PM CST. Invitations will be sent by Thursday, June 16th.