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Groups invited to submit full proposals for the 2019-2020 grant
have been given until May 31 to submit those to WIN.
Review and site visits have been pushed out to June and July.

Please check back in January for any updates
to criteria for our 2020-2021 grants


2020 Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Process

WIN invites Nebraska nonprofit organizations and members of the University of Nebraska community to submit two-page Letters of Inquiry (LOI) describing their bold approaches to urgent and important problems by February 18. 

The WIN Grants Committee will review LOIs in March, and 12 to 16 organizations or programs will be invited to submit full grant proposals by April 23--deadline changed to May 31.

Letters of Inquiry for the 2019-2020 grant cycle
are due by Feb. 18, 2020.

LOI Tips:

  • In the narrative, be as clear and focused as possible about how your organization/project would make best use of a grant of $80,000 or more to positively impact Nebraska.
  • An email confirming receipt of your LOI will be sent within a week of submission. Submission of a letter does not guarantee formal consideration for funding. 
  • Selected Requests for Proposal (RFPs) will be sent by the end of March (due April 23), with awards being announced in the Fall of 2020 and funds being available for use by Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Proposals involving collaborative approaches to problem solving should originate with the lead organization serving as fiscal agent for management and utilization of funds.
  • Organizations that have received past WIN grants may submit LOIs after their grant period and all reporting is completed, and will be evaluated with the same criteria for innovation and bold problem-solving as other grant seekers.

In your two-page letter, please include:

  • Project name, primary contact name, e-mail and phone
  • Critical need being addressed
  • Project description
  • Project category
           Arts and Culture                       Education, Environment
           Health and Human Services       Civic and Community
  • Population served
           Youth                                       Family
           Adults                                      Women
           Women and Children                 Animals|
  • Estimated project budget
  • Organization Information required   



Primary applicant
Year incorporated
University campus
Federal tax ID
College, department
501(c)3 public charity designation
Website address
Website address
Project collaborators
List of key project leaders
Annual budget
List of key project leaders

 Please submit all letters of inquiry to:

Lori Shriner
Women Investing in Nebraska
1010 Lincoln Mall Ste 300
Lincoln NE 68508

NOTE: Only complete letters e-mailed or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. February 18 will be considered.

For additional information, contact:
To be announced Lori Shriner
Director of Membership Director of Communication, Education & Grants
Women Investing in Nebraska Women Investing in Nebraska




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