Apply for a grant

Lincoln Financial Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in our communities within four main impact areas: youth education, human services, economic development and the arts. In general, Lincoln Foundation does not fund capital projects or general operating expenses. 

How grants are awarded

Our deep connection to our communities is reflected in how we select our grantees. By establishing local Charitable Contribution Committees in our primary business locations, we award grants to nonprofit organizations that make an enduring impact on the community. Successful applicants are those that can provide data-driven measurement of their impact year-over-year and show progress in affecting real change in their communities. 

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Who can apply

  • Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding.*
  • The Lincoln Foundation only supports organizations that respect and encourage diversity and adhere to nondiscriminatory practices. Women and ethnic minorities should be adequately represented on an applicant organization's board of directors.
  • Organizations must have a minimum of three years of financial reports and performance data to share demonstrating financial stability and the ability to track outcomes. Support will only be considered in communities where the corporation has a significant business presence and employee base.

In general, the Lincoln Foundation doesn’t consider (award) grants to: individuals; religious organizations (i.e., churches, temples, synagogues); public or private K-12 schools or school foundations; hospitals or hospital foundations; fraternal or political organizations; general operating support; capital (bricks and mortar) funding; endowments; sporting organizations, sporting events or national walks; organizations that re-grant funds to other nonprofit organizations; health organizations; or, organizations that advocate, support, or practice activities inconsistent with Lincoln Financial Group’s non-discrimination policies, whether based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran. If your organization fits our guidelines and you feel you have a program that aligns with our Foundation goals, please note that we encourage sending an introductory email with the name of your organization in the subject line and a request to discuss the upcoming grant deadline. We hope that this step will help save your organization time and effort by establishing whether an application is viable.

(*Philadelphia, Pa., Greensboro, N.C., and Hartford, Conn., applicants must be based in and serve these communities. Other applicants must be based in and serve the greater Concord, N.H, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Omaha, Neb., communities.) 

How and when to apply

Grant applications are reviewed during four annual grant cycles.

Arts (Due: January 10)

Preference is given to programs that offer children and at-risk youth educational opportunities through the arts, as well as programs that stimulate the local creative economy or provide access to arts experiences for underserved populations.

United Way (Due: January 10)

Lincoln Financial Group has a longstanding tradition of supporting United Way organizations. Each year, our United Way allocations provide support to agencies in the communities where we work. We also hold a workplace United Way campaign every autumn to encourage employee support for this organization.

Human services (Due: April 10)

Lincoln Financial Group is committed to addressing hunger and homelessness in its communities. Foundation grants support programs that ensure food security, emergency shelter and pathways to permanent housing.  The Foundation also entertains applications from organizations that promote stability for at-risk populations.

Youth education (Due: July 10)

Lincoln is committed to supporting programs that promote lifelong learning with an emphasis on graduation rates, student achievement and improving financial literacy. To achieve this goal, we fund pre-kindergarten, elementary school, high school and college persistence programs that provide paths to on-time grade progression, high school graduation and successful post-secondary careers.

Economic and workforce development (Due: october 10)

Recognizing that adult education, job skills training and employment opportunity are essential to building healthy local economies, Lincoln Financial Foundation makes grants to programs that support financial literacy, adult literacy and high school graduation equivalency, workforce development and economic development initiatives.

 

If your organization fits our guidelines and you feel you have a program that aligns with our Foundation goals, please note that we encourage sending an introductory email with the name of your organization in the subject line and a request to discuss the upcoming grant deadline. We hope that this step will help save your organization time and effort by establishing whether an application is viable.