Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters in November of 2004 established the following distribution formula: Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent), Education as determined by the Legislature (44.5 percent) (distributed among the Education Innovation Fund and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund), Nebraska State Fair (10 percent), and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).
Since 1993, the Nebraska Lottery has raised $499 million for its beneficiary funds. Projects in each of Nebraska's 93 counties have benefited from Lottery proceeds.
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.
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. 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.
Information on the geographic distribution of Trust grants can be found here on the Trust website.
In-depth information on some of the projects funded by the Trust can be found here.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust
700 S. 16th Street
P.O. Box 94913
Lincoln, NE 68509-4913
402-471-5409, 402-471-8233 (fax)
A share of proceeds equal to 44.5 percent is dedicated to educational purposes, as determined by the Legislature. The Education Innovation Fund receives a 19.75 percent share of the proceeds dedicated to education, and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund (formerly known as the Nebraska Scholarship Fund) receives 24.75 percent.
Administered by the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education, the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Program offers need-based scholarships to students in the University of Nebraska System, Nebraska State College System, and Community College System. Numerous private career schools also participate in the program, which receives a combination of federal funds, State General Fund dollars and Nebraska Lottery proceeds.
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Nebraska Opportunity Grant
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5005
402-471-2847, 402-471-2886 (fax)
Dating to 1868, the Nebraska State Fair offers hundreds of attractions including many entertainers, exhibits, midway rides and delicious food. The Nebraska State Fair combines tradition with innovation to produce an educational and exciting event for the entire family.
Nebraska State Fair
P.O. Box 1387
Grand Island, NE 68802-1387
COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS ASSISTANCE
One percent of lottery proceeds, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year, is dedicated to compulsive gamblers assistance.
Gamblers Assistance Program
Omaha, NE 68102
Nebraska/Nationwide Help Line: 800-522-4700