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Mini-Grants Overview

Lincoln is the proud home of 125+ neighborhood parks and 131+ miles of trails which are important to our strong quality of life. Families and individuals of every age and from each section of our City’s diverse neighborhood tapestry enjoy spending time in our beautiful public spaces for entertainment, recreation, and wellness.

Program Purpose

The mini-grant program was established to incentivize new and expand existing volunteer efforts within the park and recreation system. Neighborhood associations, businesses, civic groups, youth groups, running clubs, and any other group or individual is eligible to apply for mini-grants.

Project Eligibility

Mini-grants will fund projects identified by grant applicants, the Lincoln Parks Foundation, or the Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department. All grants must enhance existing neighborhood parks, trails, and public spaces. Mini grants may only support projects on public land. Projects on private land are not eligible.

Application Period

Applicants may submit a mini grant application to the Lincoln Parks Foundation at any time. Awards will be made to qualifying projects until grant resources have been expended.

Previous Years Winners

In 2013 The Lincoln Parks Foundation presented the third annual round of Mini Grants leveraging almost $7,800.00 in new funding for enhancements and programming in Lincoln’s beautiful public spaces.

  • Friends of Lincoln’s Dog Parks, $1790 Fencing Improvements at Rickman’s Run
  • Pius X Landscape Committee, $1000 Street Tree Replacement
  • PLAY (Parks Lincoln and Yoga), $742.50 Host Free Yoga in Antelope Park Sundays in September
  • Star City BMX
  • $700 Improvements for Support Facilities
  • KZUM, $600 Concert Series in Stransky Park
  • Irvingdale Neighborhood Association, $2000 Water features in Rudge Park
  • 40th & A Neighborhood Association, $800 Events and Improvements for Sunburst Park
  • Leslie Tien, $100 Street Tree Replacement