Karnett Trust Grant Program


In 2012, the United Way of the Midlands Foundation received a legacy gift from Ellen C. Karnett Trust. This Trust is a generous gift to the community, making an impact through grants to programs serving children with intellectual disabilities. Grants made through the United Way of the Midlands Karnett Trust support programs providing care, education, or training to children (up to age 21) with intellectual disabilities within the greater Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan region.


The United Way of the Midlands Karnett Trust Grant Program is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties with programs that are focused on the care, education and training of children with intellectual disabilities in the Omaha metropolitan area.

Applicants must be tax exempt as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, have had 501(c)(3) status for at least 3 years, and provide service in the Omaha metropolitan area (Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties). For more information about eligibility and restrictions, please refer to the 2017 Request for Proposals.

2017 Application Process

Eligible organizations are invited to apply through April 7, 2017 for a three-year grant. First year funding requests should not exceed $100,000. Second year funding requests should not exceed $75,000. Third year funding requests should not exceed $50,000. Agency applications should request program support for three years and demonstrate a plan of sustainability for the program during years two and three of funding and after the grant relationship has ended. Funding will begin in June 2017.

For full details about this grant cycle, please review the 2017 Karnett Request for Proposals. For full 2017 Karnett Trust Request for Proposals, click here

Applications for grants through the United Way of the Midlands Karnett Trust must be completed through an online portal. To access the online portal to apply for funding, click here.

 If you have any questions on eligible programs or the application procedure, please contact:

Mariel Harding, 402-522-7958 or mharding@uwmidlands.org