Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) today announced that $150,000 is available to enhance sustainability in Lincoln neighborhoods south of the downtown area. Partners for Places has awarded a $75,000 community improvement grant to LCF, and LCF has committed matching funds of $75,000 for the project. The Lincoln South of Downtown Community Development Organization (LSDCDO) will use the funds to install energy-efficient street lighting, mark bike lanes, remove and replace ash trees destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer and expand community gardens.
"This is an exciting opportunity to work with various community partners and residents to help make important sustainable investments in the Everett and Near South neighborhoods," said Shawn Ryba, LSDCDO Executive Director. "It is the hope that this initiative serves as an impetus for more resident-informed investment in the future."
Lincoln is one of 15 U.S. cities to share in $1.7 million in funding from the Partners for Places matching grant program. The program pairs cities with philanthropy to support sustainability projects that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and citizens' well-being.
"The project presents a perfect opportunity to advance elements of Mayor Beutler's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative on a neighborhood scale," said Frank Uhlarik, the City's Sustainability and Compliance Administrator. "Improving safety and energy efficiency with LED street lighting, expanding the community garden initiative and enhancing biking and walkability are all core elements of the proposed City-wide plan."
"The Foundation is pleased to provide matching funds for this project," said LCF President Barbara Bartle. "We know that public, private and philanthropic partnerships are key to helping our city to have the walkability, sustainability and safety necessary for vibrant neighborhoods."
A partnership with Community CROPS will allow the neighborhood to increase the number and size of community gardens and to make more fresh produce available at the "F" Street Community Farmers Market. Additional partners on the project include City of Lincoln Stronger Safer Neighborhoods initiative and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.
The Lincoln Community Foundation, established in 1955, strives to continually enrich the community by promoting and achieving philanthropic support. The Foundation has distributed more than $90 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations that have improved our community and the lives of our residents. More information is available at lcf.org.
More information on the Lincoln South of Downtown initiative is available at lincolnsouthdowntown.org.
Partners for Places is a joint project of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). It is supported by six investor foundations: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The JPB Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, The New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation and Surdna Foundation. More information is available at these websites: