Twenty Omaha-area nonprofits that work with the African American and Latino communities received more than $264,000 in grants yesterday. The African American Unity Fund and the Futuro Latino Fund focus on nonprofits that work to better their respective communities.
The grant recipients received their checks from the Omaha Community Foundation at a presentation at Metro Community College’s Mule Barn Atrium.
Arts & Culture Awards
- Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim – $10,000 for arts, cultural, and health programs
- Great Plains Black History Museum – $20,000 to secure archives and strategic planning
- Love’s Jazz and Arts Center – $25,000 for capacity building
- Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands – $5,000 for operating expenses
Community Building Awards
- Caring People Sudan – $10,000 for awareness raising and programs for youth and elders
- Intercultural Senior Center – $17,480 for operating expenses
- Mujeres Activas – $10,000 for exercise and health classes
- North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance – $20,000 for programming and office maintenance
Jobs & Economic Development Awards
- Language & Culture School of Omaha – $7,000 for Family Literacy workshops and classes
- Latinas Unidas – $10,000 to provide technology support for members and for Latinas in the OPS Teacher to Paraprofessional Ladders program
- Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation – $10,000 for implementation of development plan
- North Omaha Contractors Alliance – $20,000 for capacity building
Youth Development Awards
- Edmonson Youth Development Outreach Learning Center – $6,000 for after-school programs
- Good News Bears Club of Omaha, Inc. – $10,000 for general operating support
- Hogan’s Junior Golf Heroes Foundation – $10,000 for outreach programming
- Latino Academic Achievement Council – $15,000 for the Grassroots Latino Leadership Development Program
- Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center, Inc. – $28,500 for the African-American Junior Journalist Program
- Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – $5,000 for 2012 L.I.V.E. Leadership Camp
- United Methodist Church Missouri River Hispanic Ministries – $15,000 for Plaza Comunitaria education program
- Victory Boxing Club & Community Center – $10,550 for club membership for youth
The Futuro Latino Fund (FLF) and the African American Unity Fund (AAUF) were launched to support civic, cultural and socio-economic initiatives within their respective communities in the greater Omaha area. The grant recipients are determined by a committee, with Othello Meadows leading the AAUF and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado leading the FLF. Funders for the AAUF and FLF are the Sherwood Foundation and the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation. Additionally, the American National Bank gives to the Futuro Latino Fund.
For more information and to apply, visit the Community Interest Funds pages.