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At this time, the Lincoln Financial Foundation is accepting applications by invitation only. Please refer questions to your local Lincoln Foundation Program Officer.

Grant requests will be received according to the following schedule:

Grant Category   Application Due Date:
applications must be received by 5 p.m.
United Way January 14, 2015
Education March 11, 2015
Human Services June 17, 2015
Workforce and Economic Development September 16, 2015
Arts (2016) December 3, 2015

Grant Guidelines

The Lincoln Financial Foundation accepts grant applications from organizations that meet our geographic, strategic focus and eligibility guidelines. Local Charitable Contribution Committees meet and review grant applications.

As you consider submitting a grant proposal, please review the following basic qualifying factors:

  • Only nonprofit organizations that have a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service are eligible to apply for funding.
  • The Lincoln Foundation focuses its contributions in four priority areas: Arts, Education, Human Services and Workforce/Economic Development.
  • The Lincoln Foundation supports only those 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.
  • Support will be considered for programs conducted only in the communities where the corporation has a significant business presence and employee base.
  • Qualified organizations are eligible for one grant per calendar year.


In general, the Lincoln Foundation will not award grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations (i.e., churches, temples, synagogues)
  • Public or private elementary or secondary 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 regrant the funds to other nonprofit organization
  • Health Organizations

How Grants are Awarded

Our Charitable Contribution Committees award grants in our primary locations according to our funding priorities. Applications are reviewed by the local contribution committees within three to four months after the cycle deadline. Notification will be given soon after decisions are rendered.

Education grants support closing the achievement gap with an emphasis on improving student achievement.

  • Pre-K programs prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and be academically successful.
  • K-12 programs increase academic achievement with an emphasis on successful course completion, attendance and increased high school graduation rates.
  • College programs increase student success in college entrance, transition and completion.

Human Services grants provide for basic needs of food and shelter and promoting self-sufficiency.

  • Food programs provide meals for low-income families and individuals.
  • Housing programs provide emergency and transitional housing opportunities.
  • Self-sufficiency programs enable individuals to develop the necessary skills that will lead to an appropriate level of self-reliance and independent living.

Economic and Workforce Development grants support adult education, job skills training and opportunities to enhance the workforce with the overarching intent of economic development for the area.

  • Economic development programs promote job creation and a trained workforce for in-demand occupations.
  • Economic development programs provide opportunities to create and grow local businesses.
  • Adult programs provide advancement through GED, financial literacy, English as a second language, entrepreneurial thinking and skills to lead a productive life.

Arts grants support arts education and economic development through increased access to arts and cultural activities.

  • Arts education expand opportunities for school children to experience the arts.
  • Opportunities for increased access to arts and cultural activities focus on individuals of all ages, economic strata, varying abilities and ethnicities.

Lincoln Foundation Supports Youth Education

According to McKinsey and Company, the current achievement gap in the United States imposes the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession. Data from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that high-school drop-outs make nearly $8,000 per year less than those with a high school diploma.

Over a lifetime and across the nation, this represents billions in lost wages and spending power.

This is why Lincoln is committed to supporting programs that promote life-long learning with an emphasis on financial literacy and improving student achievement. By helping provide a strong educational foundation for students, we hope to help improve the graduation rates across the country.

Lincoln Foundation Supports Human Services

In 2009, 23 percent of all children lived in households that were classified as food insecure, according to the Economic Research Service, USDA. For many minority populations that percentage was as high as 51 percent.

We understand that until a person's basic needs are met, he or she cannot focus on education or finding sustained employment. This is why Lincoln is a strong supporter of initiatives aimed at ensuring all individuals have the ability to meet their basic needs for food, housing, and independent living.

By helping fulfill these basic needs, Lincoln hopes to place the most vulnerable populations in a position where they can begin to build better lives through education and job training.

Lincoln Foundation Supports Economic/Workforce Development

According to the Family Economic Success Report, the earnings gap between more educated workers and those with a high school diploma or less is growing. The number of jobs that do not pay family-sustaining wages or provide health benefits is also increasing.

Lincoln believes that strong and vibrant communities can ensure a high quality of life for individuals and families. The first step toward building these vibrant communities is adult education and job skills training, which is why we support organizations that provide these critical programs.

Through our focus on workforce and economic development, we hope to build up and sustain the local economies in our major business locations, thereby raising the quality of life in those areas.

Lincoln Foundation Supports the Arts

Arts education has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems, while also increasing overall academic performance, according to data from the U.S. Department of Justice and National Endowment for the Arts.

Lincoln is committed to increasing access to the arts for individuals of all ages, economic situations, abilities and ethnicities. The arts can have a powerful, positive impact, and by providing opportunities for people to tap into their creative talents, we can build relationships that help raise the quality of life in our communities.

This is why we support organizations that fill the gaps where economic challenges have resulted in cuts to arts education in our schools. By supporting arts education among students, we also can help increase the opportunities available to the youth in our communities.

We believe that arts education and access to cultural activities has tremendous benefits for our communities and our business, spurring the creative economy and fostering economic development.

Lincoln Foundation Supports the United Way

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

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