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Community Resilience Fund
Supporting an equitable, long-term recovery
All of us have been affected by COVID-19 in some way and will continue to feel its effects for years to come—some more than others. Only together can we overcome the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic and build our capacity to face challenges, as a community.
The Community Resilience Fund is dedicated to supporting Omaha-area organizations serving communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. It is also designed to complement local and federal aid.
Anyone can give to the fund.
What Action the Fund Can Support
To help address the emerging, long-term needs of our community as it recovers and rebuilds, we will offer grants to nonprofits that provide programs and resources in five key focus areas.
Supporting enrichment programs and activities to reverse disparities that grew due to remote learning and other educational disruptions.
Alleviating operational uncertainty until organizations can fully reopen and restabilize earned revenue through programs, performances, and exhibits.
Meeting the increased need for services and working to improve the overall mental health system.
Ensuring people can safely stay in their homes through legal assistance or financial support.
Helping people gain new skills or education to find and secure stable employment.
Your Giving Matters
A year after the outbreak, COVID-19 continues to take its toll on our nonprofit community. Many have seen an increased demand for services while the pandemic widened racial, economic, and gender inequalities.
Since launching the Community Resilience Fund in April, we have received over $2.7 million in requests from over 100 nonprofits.
It is on us—all of us—to come together and rebuild a community that is more equitable, inclusive, and resilient.
Grant applications are being accepted and processed on a rolling basis as funds come in.
Grants Made in May 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $103,738.75 in grants to five Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Banister’s Leadership Academy: $20,000 for general operating support
- AIM Institute: $14,738.75 for their Accelerated Tech Training Program
- GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center: $9,000 for women entrepreneurs to start and sustain their businesses
- International Council on Refugees and Immigrants: $50,000 for a Refugee Peer Support Specialist initiative
- MOMentum: $10,000 to help 15 moms secure and maintain new employment opportunities
Grants Made in June 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $83,000 in grants to seven Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Girls Inc. of Omaha: $10,000 for summer literacy education programming
- The Simple Foundation: $15,000 for Academic Excellence & College for Success Program
- African Culture Connection: $10,000 for general operating support
- Culxr House: $15,000 for general operating support
- Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs, Inc.: $15,000 for Homeowner Repair Program
- inCOMMON Community Development: $15,000 for Workforce Development Program
- Language & Culture School of Omaha: $3,000 for ESL/GED instructor salary
Grants Made in July 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $98,352 in grants to nine Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Rose Theater: $10,000 for Alternative Curriculum Program Arts Education Pilot
- Project Houseworks: $15,000 for Home Repair Program
- Child Saving Institute: $5,000 for SAFE Program
- Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: $15,000 for Maya Youth Academic Achievement Project
- Omaha Street School: $7,500 for literacy and technology resources
- Restoring Dignity: $6,652 for mobile vaccination clinics
- Somali Community Service, Inc.: $10,000 for immigrant assistance services
- Somali American Heritage Society of Nebraska: $4,200 for immigrant support for unemployment
- OneWorld: $25,000 for rent and utilities for vulnerable populations
Grants Made in August 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $65,000 in grants to three Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Boys Town: $25,000 for LIFT Together
- Gotta Be Me, Inc.: $15,000 for general operating support
- Nebraska Center for Workforce Development & Education: $25,000 for Project Reset
Grants Made in September 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $11,878 in grants to one Omaha-area nonprofit organization.
- Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO: $11,878 for COVID-19 Impact on South Omaha Latino Businesses