Robert B. Daugherty Foundation Board of Trustees meets periodically throughout the year. There are no deadlines for grant submissions. Please review the following grant guidelines carefully before starting the application process. The Foundation may defer consideration of incomplete grant requests.

Grant Guidelines & Procedures

Grant Eligibility
Grants are only made to organizations that are tax-exempt under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and federal and state entities described in §170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; however, grantees which are tax supported will generally be subject to matching requirements. Grants are made to organizations that primarily serve the greater Omaha area or the State of Nebraska.

The Foundation will make its grants in the following forms as appropriate for the project proposed and the project timeline. Applicants should be specific about the form of grant requested.

  • One-time grants, which are single-year grants for a specific purpose;
  • Multi-year grants, which are commitments for funding to be paid in increments over a period no longer than three years;
  • Start-up program grants;
  • Capital campaigns; and
  • Challenge or matching grants. Grant proposals that have matching funds available are given preference over proposals without matching funds.

The Foundation generally will not make the following types of grants:

  • Grants to individuals for any purpose;
  • Grants to religious organizations for religious purposes;
  • Grants to international organizations that do not have a qualified domestic 501(c)(3) representative;
  • Grants to private foundations (other than operating foundations);
  • Grants to endowments or other discretionary funding pools;
  • Grants for dinners, galas, or other events; and
  • Grants prohibited by IRS regulations.

Grant Application Procedures
Applicants are requested to review the above grant guidelines to determine that your organization and need is eligible for consideration of a grant. The Foundation only accepts requests for funding through our online application process.

Grant Application
To assist in determining grant eligibility, applicants need to submit a completed Grant Application through the online application process. This application includes sections for a comprehensive summary of the organization and a narrative description of the proposed project for which funding is being requested. We encourage you to review the following information prior to beginning the Grant Application process:

The Foundation will respond via e-mail to the submitting organization confirming receipt of the Grant Application. The Foundation will notify you via e-mail if additional information is required for your grant application package.

Frequency of Application
Applicants may submit one grant application per calendar year, whether successful in receiving a grant or not.

Grant Agreement
All recipients of grants from the Foundation will be required to execute a Grant Agreement with the Foundation.  The Grant Agreement will specifically contain a requirement for a subsequent certified statement that the funds received from the Foundation have been used for the purposes set forth in the Grant Application.

What You Will Need to Apply

All grant applications must be submitted through the online application system.

The below documents are intended to provide an overview of all potential information and documents needed to complete a grant application. Please begin an application through the online process to identify information needed pertaining to a specific grant request.

You will be required to upload or attach documents to your application. These documents must already be saved on your computer before you can browse and upload them to your application. Documents that are requested can be in Word, Excel or PDF format.

General Operating Support

Capital Project

Program/Project Support

Tips for Applying Online

  1. Before you begin, you may find it helpful to review What You Will Need to Apply in order to aid you in gathering your information prior to entering it online.
  2. The first time you apply online, you will be prompted to create an account using an e-mail address and a password. Your organization should create only ONE account and password to be shared by persons in your organization responsible for submitting grant requests.  We recommend using a general e-mail address such as “info@yourorganization.org.”  Make sure only designated staff has access to this e-mail address and password. Passwords should contain between 5 – 25 characters. This account will contain copies of your in-progress and/or submitted applications, which you can access at any time.
  3. Please save the confirmation e-mails reminding you of the e-mail and password you used to create your account and the link to access your account (to return to your saved application or to view your submitted application). Be sure cookies are enabled on your internet browser.
  4. You will be required to upload or attach documents to your application. These documents must already be saved on your computer before you can browse and upload them to your application. Documents that are requested can be in Word, Excel or PDF format.
  5. Verify that the information is correct. Once your application has been submitted, you will NOT have an opportunity to make changes or include attachments.
  6. Add the following e-mail address to your address book and approved senders list to ensure that you receive our automated e-mails: grants@daughertyfdn.org.
  7. Robert B. Daugherty Foundation uses MicroEdge GIFTS© software for our online applications. You are not able to work in more than one application that uses the MicroEdge GIFTS© software at the same time, even if the applications are for different Grantors. The software allows you to save only one application if multiple applications are open. You can save responses into a Word document and then cut and paste into your application from the Word document. You will know you are in a MicroEdge GIFTS© application when the webpage address begins with “www.grantrequest.com”. Please log out of any other applications using this software prior to beginning or editing an application.

FAQ for Applicants

How do I know if my organization is eligible to apply?

To qualify, an organization must:

  • Have a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and must be in good standing with the Internal  Revenue Service or be a government entity described in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Primarily serve the greater Omaha area or the State of Nebraska. Foundation gives preference to organizations which will use and apply substantially all of the charitable grant in the State of Nebraska and particularly in the greater Omaha area.
  • Have not submitted a  grant request in the current calendar year (Jan-Dec)

What does Robert B. Daugherty Foundation NOT fund?

  • Grants to individuals for any purpose
  • Grants to religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Grants to international organizations that do not have a qualified domestic 501(c)3 representative
  • Grants to private foundations (other than operating foundations)
  • Grants to endowments or other discretionary funding pools
  • Grants for dinners, galas, or other events; and
  • Grants prohibited by IRS regulations

How does my organization apply for a grant?

Requests for Foundation funding must be submitted through our online application process.  See Grant Guidelines and Procedures for grant eligibility information. Apply for Funding.

Are there deadlines for applying for a grant?

No.  The Board of Trustees meets periodically throughout the year.

How do I create an account and what can I do with it?

  • Organizations submitting an application for funding must have or create an account within our online application system.  You will be prompted to create an account the first time you begin the application process.  We recommend that your organization establish one account to be used by your designated employees responsible for submitting grant requests (i.e. info@yourorganization.org).
  • Once the account is created, organizations can:
    • Access saved, but not yet submitted applications
    • Submit saved applications
    • View copies and dates of submitted applications
  • To access your existing account, click here.

How do I access an application for funding that I have saved, but have not yet submitted?

To access a saved application, click here.

I forgot the password I created when I saved my application. How can I find it?

Go to your sign-in page, click on “Forgot your password”, enter the e-mail address created, click on “Send Password”.  Password will be sent to that e-mail.

What information is required on a Grant Application?

Please review this page for information on what is required for a Grant Application.

How will Robert B. Daugherty Foundation communicate with me regarding my application?

Throughout the application process we will communicate with you via e-mail. For this reason, it is imperative that you provide a valid e-mail address on your application and check the e-mail account often. Once your application has been received you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Subsequent e-mail notifications will be sent out regarding the status of your grant request.

How can I be assured that my online application was received?

When an online application is submitted to the Foundation, an e-mail is automatically generated acknowledging its receipt.

Who do I contact if I do not receive an e-mail confirmation that my online application has been received?

All online application confirmation e-mails are sent automatically through the online application software. Please check your spam e-mail or junk e-mail to make sure the notification was not blocked.  If you did not receive a confirmation e-mail, you may contact us at grants@daughertyfdn.org. Please add this e-mail address to your approved senders list to ensure you receive e-mails regarding your grant requests. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

When will I receive a response to my online application?

You will be contacted if there are any questions regarding your grant request. Grant requests are reviewed during Robert B. Daugherty Foundation Trustee meetings, which are held periodically throughout the year. Communication regarding the outcome of the grant request will be provided in writing following a Trustee meeting.

Apply for Funding

Before applying for funding, we expect you have read and understand the Grant Guidelines & Procedures above. We value your time and this information will help you determine if your organization qualifies for funding.

If your organization and program/project meets our criteria, you may submit a Grant Application. Please review the information What You Will Need to Apply above, as this will help you prepare to complete the Grant Application.

Apply for Funding

If you have already started an application:

Access My Account