The Viking Foundation of Lincoln announced the funding of 18 grants, including eight in Lincoln, totaling $60,000 in support of nonprofit organizations in three states.

The following Lincoln-area grants totaling $30,000 were funded:

• $5,000 to Boys and Girls Club—for the CareerLaunch Program to help young people explore careers, make sound decisions and prepare for careers

• $4,000 to Center for Legal Immigration Assistance—to provide legal assistance to additional young immigrants

• $4,000 to Child Advocacy Center—to provide forensic interviews for 20 victims of child abuse and neglect

• $2,000 to Community Crops—to help low-income community gardeners pay annual fees

• $2,500 to Lincoln Bike Kitchen—for general support of its program

• $2,000 to Lincoln Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity—to develop donations and sales at the local ReStore, which will help Habitat build more homes

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• $4,000 to Lincoln Literacy—to support the FLAIR Program for children of non-English-speaking immigrant families

• $2,000 to Mourning Hope—to support its school-based grief support groups

• $2,500 to Wonderfully Made—to provide supplies, classroom space and marketing costs for its program for special-needs children

• $2,000 to YWCA SMART Girls Club—in general support of STEM Program for 4th through 8th grade girls.

In addition to these contributions, The Viking Foundation awarded $30,000 to these nonprofit organizations in Polk County, Iowa: EMBARC, Everybody Wins, Holy Family School and Meals from the Heartland; and in the Denver area: Front Range CAP, Heart and Hand Center, Metro Caring and Same Café.

The Viking Foundation was created by Dr. Steve Eggland in 2012 to help improve and enrich the lives of individuals – especially children – who are less fortunate. The foundation provides charitable grants annually to 501(c)(3) organizations in three counties, including Lancaster. The grants are directed to those who are challenged with education, poverty, housing, gender, mental and physical health, and other issues.

For information about the foundation and its history, values, proposal guidelines and 2016 submission deadline, see: vikingfoundation.webs.com.