Immanuel Vision Foundation

Immanuel Vision Foundation

We believe that we are stronger, together. Through our support, we can create a culture of generosity and love.

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 a list of the most recent community grant recipients.

The fall, church-related grant cycle opens August 1. If your organization is interested in applying, please review the below criteria before completing an application. The 2021 grant application details can be downloaded below. Please note and adhere to the strict deadline and required elements of a complete application. Questions may be directed to Kaley Swartz-Brown, Grants Coordinator, at 402.829.6959 or kswartzbrown@immanuel.com.

As a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Immanuel Vision Foundation annually awards Synod-related grants in the fall. Organizations that are not affiliated with the ELCA, that otherwise meet the criteria listed below, are eligible to apply during the Immanuel Vision Foundation spring community grant cycle (February 1 – March 31, 2022). Grant application details for that cycle will be posted prior to February 1.

Grant Applicants

Click here for the 2021 grant application details.

The Immanuel Vision Foundation accepts church-related grant applications up to an amount of $10,000 annually August 1 - September 30. To be considered, completed applications MUST be received or postmarked no later than September 30. Please note: Your congregation must have received an eligibility letter from the Immanuel Vision Foundation in order to be eligible to apply for this grant cycle.

Need Help?

Please review the Sample Grant Application and this Instructional Video for some tips on how to complete an application.

The Immanuel Vision Foundation seeks to support organizations that:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership, financial stability and consistent planning.
  • Implement innovation and catalytic opportunity.
  • Clearly define objectives and strategic plans. 
  • Have developed additional, reliable sources of funding for the project requested.

Special consideration will be given to the following priority areas:

Seniors
The Foundation supports programs and initiatives that embody the Immanuel vision that “All people will grow and age with dignity, safety and wellness.” Immanuel’s expertise for the health and well-being of seniors, identified as the post-65 age population, make this a particular priority area for Foundation funding.

Community Health
The Foundation supports programs and initiatives that help strengthen and stabilize community growth, health and well-being.

The Church
Grants in this area support ELCA congregations and organizations that reflect a heritage of faith-based service to others.

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 regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.
  • Applicants may not apply for more than one grant per calendar year.
  • If awarded a grant, Applicant may not apply for the same project/program in the consecutive year.
  • An Applicant that is declined may not re-apply for the same purpose for a period of two years.

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, sexual identity, marital or family status, military service, disability or any other groups protected by law
  • Other 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
  • Scholarships, school activities, clubs and events, pageants or school-based organizations such as PTA or PTO
  • Political organizations or projects
  • Direct aid to individuals/families 
  • Amateur or professional sports programs of all age groups
  • Animal welfare