We support organizations around the Omaha, NE and Stanwood, WA areas that have a distinct focus on family, education, health, or environment. We know there are many golden-hearted organizations that are doing great things to improve the lives of many, but are simply lacking the resources to do so. We embrace organizations that share and amplify the values we believe in, and help them achieve their goals in making a difference in the world.
Organizations are eligible to apply for either Small Grants or Large Grants.
Please read this page and the guidelines completely before starting the grant process to fully ensure you meet the requirements and to better the information we receive in hopes of awarding a grant from The Olson Foundation.
The Olson Foundation will be awarding the Small Grant Program on a once yearly basis. Funds must be used within one year of receipt.
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.
Matching funds is another method to demonstrate collaboration. Matching funds are funds (cash or in-kind) your non-profit organization raises from other sources and the funds are used to support the grant project. The Olson Foundation will view a grant project that also generates matching funds as a stronger project than a grant project that does not generate matching funds.
If a grant project does not generate matching funds, it does not exclude your non-profit from submitting an application.
Please refer to the Grant Guidelines document for more information about Matching Funds.
The Olson Foundation encourages non-profit organizations to collaborate with one another and with other individuals and entities in developing and providing transformational projects.
If an organization’s LOI is accepted, as part of the application process, the program description in the grant application must clearly explain the role of the collaborating organization(s).
Being part of a collaborative effort does not exclude your non-profit organization from submitting another grant application for its own project.
Please refer to the Grant Guidelines document for more information about Collaborations.
Please refer to the Grant Guidelines document for a complete list of evaluation criteria, as well as additional items considered.
Please visit our grant application page in order to register, complete, and submit a LOI for 2023.
Any questions about the grant guidelines must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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