The Lincoln Children’s Museum is a recipient of the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County’s Tourism Support Grants. These grants were made available for non-profit businesses in the tourism industry to pre-pay for up to six months of operational expenses.

The purpose of the Tourism Support Grants is to provide support assistance to non-profit businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic. The program provides operational payments to assist non-profit businesses in stabilizing and growing business operations and employment as well as to recover from pandemic losses.

Executive Director Tara Knuth is grateful for the support; “The Lincoln Children’s Museum has been a long-time staple in the community as a place to learn through play, so it’s a great feeling to have the city’s continued support through this grant.”

The museum’s Director of Operations and Engagement Mandy Haase-Thomas shares Knuth’s sentiments as well: “Operationally, receiving this grant offers peace of mind as we continue to navigate what our new normal looks like post-pandemic. This opportunity allows us the space to stay big-picture on ways we can continue to be a resource to the community through our exhibits and programming.”

Grant award applications were reviewed by a joint committee of City and County representatives. Funds were made available through the American Rescue Plan. To be considered, the non-profit businesses had to be physically located in the city of Lincoln or Lancaster County, a part of the tourism industry, in operation prior to February 29, 2020 and had provided all the necessary documentation required.

The Lincoln Children’s Museum invites children to create, discover, and learn through the power of play. The museum’s hands-on exhibits, day and summer camps, and learning programs provide countless opportunities for children to gain knowledge in arts, sciences, and humanities. Every visit, membership, donation, or in-museum purchase helps to support their mission. To learn more, visit