Our Grants Process
The Nebraska Environmental Trust accepts grant applications annually, usually in September. Before submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact the Trust and discuss their concept with staff for assistance in meeting application requirements. See calendar for grants deadline.
There are two options for submission of a completed application:
Electronic submission - The Trust will accept submission of an application using our electronic application form. The electronic submission must be received by the Trust by midnight CDT on the application deadline date and a hard copy of the application must be received by the Trust no later than 5.00 p.m. CDT on the Friday following the deadline date.
The electronic submission must be complete and include all information required in a hard copy submission except that which is not physically possible to include e.g., signed letters. Completed applications can be e-mailed to the Grants Administrator. The electronic form is available for download on the Trust's website. Click on link here.
Hard-copy submission - The Trust will also accept traditional submissions of applications. One copy of the completed application must be postmarked on or before the application deadline date. Hard copy submissions should be mailed to: The Nebraska Environmental Trust, P.O. Box 94913, Lincoln, NE 68509-4913.
Application forms, instructions, and a current calendar are available on this site.
Following the application deadline, proposals are reviewed to be sure all required materials have been included. A summary of the applications is posted on the Web site to encourage public comment on proposals during the review cycle.
Applications may be distributed for technical review by members of a team of nearly 70 volunteer professionals, to assure design feasibility, cost effectiveness, and sound environmental principals are in place.
Six members of the Trust Board serve on the Grants Committee. The Committee reviews each proposal, first evaluating eligibility and then rating each eligible application. Click here to view the rating scales in a new window. Because requests for funding are usually five to ten times the amount available for award, the process extends over several meetings.
Applications are then listed in rank order, according to the rated score and funding recommendations based on this list are presented to the board. The list is published and a public hearing is scheduled, after which the board votes to issue awards.
Grantees enter into contracts specifying the conditions, timeline and expenses that will be covered under the grant. Most grants are awarded as reimbursement for expenses as the project is implemented. A grant can be funded in up to three year increments.