Immanuel Vision Foundation

Immanuel Vision Foundation

We believe that we are stronger, together. 

Since 2015, the Immanuel Vision Foundation has provided financial support to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations whose missions align with our own. More specifically, those that:

“Meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of seniors,
respond to needs in community health, and support the ministry of the Church.”

Click here to see the IVF's most recent grant awardees.

Grant Applicants

The Immanuel Vision Foundation has two annual grant cycles. 

Spring Community Grant Cycle 
Any nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that aligns with the criteria detailed below is welcome to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) by the February 15th deadline. The LOI will be available here on January 15th and must be submitted via the IVF's online platform. Notification of invitation to apply or denial will be communicated by February 29th. A complete application for those invited to apply must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 31st. Spring Community Grants are awarded in amounts up to $75,000. 

Additionally, there is a special category of Senior Impact Catalytic Grants, which are larger, more focused grants intended to empower significant efforts to address the needs of seniors. Those applying for this catalytic grant may request a multi-year distribution of up to $300,000 annually. These grants follow the same process and timeline.

All returning applicants must use their current Foundant login to prevent duplicate accounts. All new applicants must create a new account in Foundant. Our grant portal allows you to save and return your application as often as you would like, but the application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 31st.

ELCA Congregation Grant Cycle 
Starting July 1, the Immanuel Vision Foundation will have a rolling ELCA congregation grant process for all eligible Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations in Nebraska and select counties in Iowa. In mid-June, all congregations will receive an invitation letter with the access code to submit an online application. If you believe your congregation should be eligible to apply and you do not receive a letter by July 1, please contact Maggie Yaeger at 402.829.6959 or ELCA congregation grants are awarded in amounts up to $15,000.

Please note: congregations of other denominations, churches outside the Immanuel Vision Foundation eligibility area, and religious nonprofits are ineligible to apply during this grant cycle.

All returning applicants must use their current Foundant login to prevent duplicate accounts. All new applicants must create a new account in Foundant. Our grant portal allows you to save and return your application as often as you would like, but the application must be submitted by the stated deadlines within the invitation letter.

Grants will only be awarded for the following priority areas:

The Immanuel Vision Foundation supports programs and initiatives that embody Immanuel's vision that "All people will grow and age with dignity, safety, and wellness." Immanuel's expertise in the health and well-being of seniors, identified as the post-65 age population, makes this a particular priority area for IVF funding.

Community Health
Community Health, as envisioned by the Immanuel Vision Foundation, pertains to targeted initiatives to optimize the health and well-being of individuals and families residing in our communities. It revolves around proactive measures, interventions, and partnerships that tackle specific health issues while nurturing a culture of wellness. Our approach encompasses a spectrum of programs and services designed to prevent and address health challenges, fostering physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness, all within the framework of our commitment to supporting our community's vitality. While we recognize the interconnectedness of social determinants, our primary focus is on strategic efforts addressing pressing health concerns, ensuring our communities can thrive in optimal health.

The Church
Grants in this area support qualifying ELCA congregations that reflect a commitment to faith-based service to others. This priority area is funded through the ELCA Congregation grant cycle.

Organizations Seeking Foundation Funding Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • Organizations may only apply for grant funding if the project benefits people in at least one of the following geographic areas:
    • The state of Nebraska.
    • Select Iowa counties: Boone, Dallas, Harrison, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Story, or Warren.
  • The organization must qualify as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit federally tax-exempt organization under the United States Internal Revenue Service regulations.
  • Applicants may not apply for more than one grant per calendar year. Applications will not be considered for organizations with an "active" grant. An "active" grant is any grant that has not yet completed the reporting requirements or has been awarded, but not expended.

Regardless of the grant cycle, the Immanuel Vision Foundation does not support grant requests for:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, military service, disability, or any other groups protected by law
  • Direct financial aid to individuals/families  
  • Private foundations or "pass-through" organizations
  • Memorial funds or endowments
  • Debt Reduction
  • Dinners, tickets, conferences, event sponsorships, or annual fund drives/appeals 
  • Social groups or individual participants in those organizations
  • Field trips, tours, and conference attendance costs
  • Individual K-12 schools, including scholarships, activities, clubs, events, pageants, or PTA or PTO
  • Political organizations or projects
  • Amateur or professional sports programs for all age groups
  • Animal welfare

Need Help?
Questions may be directed to Maggie Yaeger, Grants Coordinator, at 402.829.6959 or